Montenero Val Cocchiara, Province of Isernia, Molise

Montenero is a picturesque medieval borough, with the houses all built in grey stone. Amid a carsic territory, the landscape is typical for its terraced fields. In the North is the Sangro Valley, in the East a deep valley called "Il Pantano", which was the bottom of an ancient lake, 3 km long and 1 km wide.


  • Altitude: 893 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 500 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 86080
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0865
  • Patron Saint: St. Clemente Martire.


The first settlement by Benedictine monks dates back to the 10th century; Montenero is first mentioned in documents of the 11th century, when it was a fief of the abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno. From the 12th century onwards was under different feudal lords: the Borrello, Collalto, Cantelmo, di Sangro and finally the Dorias. Until the 15th century it was part of Abruzzo Citeriore. It took its current name in 1880.

What to see

  • The Chapel of Assunta
  • The Chapel of S. Sebastiano
  • The Chapel of S. Ilario
  • The church of Santa Maria di Loreto
  • The Pantano della Zittola, part of a wetland system of upper Molise, important for the wintering of the birds. It is formed by rainwater and underground springs that flood 440 hectares of marsh from October to May, and is used by the Monteneresi for forage, cattle and horse grazing. The Pentro Horse is a horse breed typical of the area.

Events and Festivities

  • January 17: Sant'Antonio Abate and traditional blessing of livestock
  • December 5: San Nicola.

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