Civitanova del Sannio, Province of Isernia, Molise

It is a very lively place especially in the summer, when many come to enjoy the delicious cuisine based on cavatelli and sausages.


  • Altitude: 650 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 900 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 86094
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0865
  • Patron Saint: St. Bernardino, celebrated on May 20.


It was a settlement of the Samnites, as proven by the remains of pre-Roman, Italic walls on the hills now called "Le Case" and "La Civita", which formed one massive, almost unconquerable fortification with the surrounding rocks. Then it was inhabited in the Middle Ages, as proven by the presence of a church and belltower, but most probably lost in importance, and was called "Civitanova" (=new town) since it was build below the ancient fortress. The name "del Sannio" was added after the unity of Italy, to distinguish it from other places of the same name.

What to see

  • Remains of Samnite Walls on the hills
  • The Bell-tower, 13th century
  • The church of the Monastery of San Benedetto, located in Santa Brigida, built at the beginning of the 11th century and abandoned in the 15th century.
  • A Stone Cross made in 1441 by Cola de Civita Nova, in the main square of the town.

Events and Festivities

  • Cattle Fair on August 28, along the tratturo Lucera - Castel Di Sangro
  • Feast of the Emigrant: August 29
  • San Felice: August 30.

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