San Giorgio La Molara

a small hamlet surrounded by natural beauties

Location

San Giorgio La Molara embodies the essence of a small italian hamlet, with its fascinating history, natural beauty and authenticity that win the heart of whoever has the privilege to visit it.

It rises on the left of the Tammaro and between its tributaries Tamaricchia to the nord and Drago to the sud, on top of a green mount, from which you can view the surrounding towns and mounts. The extensive territory of San Giorgio La Molara dominates the high Miscano valley, once occupied by refugees who, in barbaric era, took refuge on the top of the hill, where the hamlet lies today. The rather large municipal territory extends inland up to the Ginestra stream, in the high Miscano valley in the Il territorio comunale, piuttosto ampio, si estende nell’entroterra fi no al torrente Ginestra, nell’alta valle del Miscano.



Not to be missed

The visit to the historic center from which you can admire the amazing natural landscapes, and the Lake Mignatta, surrounded by greenery, is a real natural living room for the community, which is in total armony with the surrounding environment. The semi-artificial lake is today a place of aggregation and relax for those who want to take a walk, for sportsmen and families who can count on the support of some services and for fishermen, lovers of calm water.

One of the best times to visit Lake Mignatta coincides with the Threshing Festival, organized by the Pro Loco of San Giorgio la Molara in mid-June. On this occasion, the flavors of the area are added to the beauty of the place, one of which is that of the Marchigiana Igp meat, one of the symbols of the agri-food production of the area. But winter also offers magical moments: when the lake is covered with a shiny sheet of ice and snow has fallen around.

A bit of history

Agriculture has always been the main source of income in this area, thanks to an intense production of cereals and a considerable presence of olive groves and vineyards. Archaeological finds attest to its presence in Roman times, but the town developed as a fortified place only in the Norman age; fiefdom of the Gaetani, the Carafa, the Caracciolo. Ferdinand IV of Bourbon then took these lands away from feudal power, donating them to Cardinal Fabrizio Ruffo, whose family members retained it until the abolition of feudal rights. A few kilometers from the town center is the beautiful lake of San Giorgio, surrounded by trees and meadows and frequented all year round.

. In the “Piano delle Terre” district there was a source of drinkable sulphurous water. Until the 19th century it was called San Giorgio della Molinara. The Samnite Pentri (from the Celtic root pen: “high ground” or “people of the mountains”) were the heart of the Samnite people who inhabited the center of Sannio. Fearsome, courageous and tough, they were the rocky strength of the nation. Considering that their territory extended south of the Matese massif, that the Pentri were settled along the Tammaro river and that a new necropolis dating back to the 4th century was discovered near Bojano (CB) along the route of the Pescasseroli-Candela Tratturo 3rd century BC, it is reasonable to hypothesize that the genotype of the people of San Giorgio la Molara is Sanniti Pentri. The affirmation of the presence, in the Sangiorgesi, of the genetic heritage of the Pentri is also strengthened by the fact that, around 180 BC, the inhabited territory was near Colle Sannita, which is located not far from Bojano, considered the ancient capital of the Pentri.

San Giorgio la Molara was a feudal possession of the families: Gaetani dell’Aquila d’Aragona (15th century 1543), Carafa of the princes of Stigliano (1543-1569), Cossa (1587-1620), Caracciolo (1620-1764) and finally to the cardinal Fabrizio Ruffo in 1801 until the end of feudalism in 1806. In 1626 San Giorgio was granted as a duchy to Giovanni Caracciolo.

Curiosity

San Giorgio La Molara is full of culture and tradition, in September we can find the feast of San Rocco, the patron saint of the municipality. During this celebration, the streets are flooded with sounds, colors and scents. People wear traditional clothes and dance. Visitors can taste local specialties, such as “cavatelli” and traditional desserts. The traditional dishes are rich in flavors and tell the history of the area. We find the “caciocavallo podolico”, produced with the milk of Podolian cows, and the “truffle of San Giorgio la Molara”, a prized tuber used for many typical dishes.

Marchigiana Festival

The festival dedicated to taste, with a variety of dishes based on marchigiana meat coming from local animals, rigorously certified and prepared by skilled chefs who enhance the taste and quality such as: roasts, ribs, chops, stew and more. The evenings will be enlivened by popular music.
In San Giorgio la Molara we find an example of sustainable tourism. The municipality adopts policies to protect the environment and to highlight local resources, encouraging renewable energy. Eco-friendly structures have been created, which offer visitors the opportunity to experience full contact with nature. Immersed in nature, it offers breathtaking landscapes. San Giorgio La Molara is full of hills, valleys and woods, inviting anyone to explore its beauty. Monte Caruso offers hiking trails for all levels, with breathtaking views.