Macchia Valfortore

Macchia Valfortore is a town and comune in the Province of Campobasso, Molise, southern Italy.

Macchia Valfortore
Comune di Macchia Valfortore
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Coat of arms of Macchia Valfortore
Coat of arms
Location of Macchia Valfortore
Macchia Valfortore is located in Italy
Macchia Valfortore
Macchia Valfortore
Location of Macchia Valfortore in Italy
Macchia Valfortore is located in Molise
Macchia Valfortore
Macchia Valfortore
Macchia Valfortore (Molise)
Coordinates: 41°36′N 14°55′E / 41.600°N 14.917°E / 41.600; 14.917Coordinates: 41°36′N 14°55′E / 41.600°N 14.917°E / 41.600; 14.917
CountryItaly
RegionMolise
ProvinceCampobasso (CB)
Government
 • MayorGianfranco Paolucci
Area
 • Total26.77 km2 (10.34 sq mi)
Elevation
477 m (1,565 ft)
Population
 (30 November 2017)[2]
 • Total569
 • Density21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Macchiaroli
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
86040
Dialing code0874
Patron saintSt. Nicholas
Saint dayDecember 6
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

In 216 BC, a Roman army under consul Varro camped in the town called Maccla, thought to be this town, prior to marching to the defeat against Hannibal at the Battle of Cannae. In 476 AD with the Western Roman Empire weakening, Maccla was occupied by the Visigoths. In the early Middle Ages it was a possession of the Lombards, who held it until 982, when they were defeated by the Byzantines.

On September 21, 1701, Gaetano Giacomo Gambacorta, styled the Prince of Macchia, started a conspiracy (Macchia Conspiracy), against the Spanish viceroy in Naples. The revolt was quickly put down and Gaetano fled to Vienna, Austria where he died on January 27, 1703. In 1800 Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples and Napoleon's brother, divided Naples into new administrative orders. This created the Province of Campobasso which Macchia is located to this day. The suffix Valfortore was added in the 19th century.

Main sightsEdit

  • Church of San Nicola: 16th century church with 12 busts of Saints made of wood created by Giacomo Colombus of Naples.
  • Cinelli Palace
  • Monument to the Fallen
  • Monument of Padre Pio



  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.