Agnone - 830 mt. sea level
Agnone is located in the central Apennines, on the border between Molise and Abruzzo. Nestled in a setting of rare beauty, the village overlooks the valley of the river Verrino. The royal city, named in the Bourbon period, boasts a rich history and a cultural and environmental heritage that have earned it the Italian Touring Club's "orange flag" as a tourist village of Excellence.
Agnone is known in Italy and around the world for the "Ndocciata" ancient ritual of pagan origin, which is essentially a "river of fire", consisting of huge torches carried on the shoulders by the men of the town. Born in the distant past, most probably to celebrate the winter solstice, the "Ndocciata" is revived annually on 8 and 24 December and is an amazing sight to see.
Agnone has also been famuos since ancient times as a city of copper. For around 1,000 years Agnone has been home to the Pontificia Marinelli bells Foundry, which is known around the world and is another good reason to visit the village.
The "Ndocciata" - 8 and 24 december.
It 'easy to get Agnone from the main cities in central Italy:
- from Rome (200 km, 2 h 30 min) -> via motorway A1 "Roma-Napoli" dir.Napoli, exit San Vittore, dir. Isernia, Fondo Valle Trigno towards Vasto, exit Agnone.
- from Naples (140 km, 1 h 45 min) -> via motorway A1 "Roma-Napoli" dir. Rome, exit Caianello, dir. Isernia, Fondo Valle Trigno towards Vasto, exit Agnone.
-from Pescara (100 km, 1h 30 min) -> via motorway A14 "Bologna-Bari" dir. Bari, exit Vasto sud, Fondo Valle Trigno towards Isernia, exit Agnone.
-from Foggia (170 km, 1 h 45 min) -> via motorway A14 "Bologna-Bari" dir. Bologna, exit Vasto sud, Fondo Valle Trigno towards Isernia, exit Agnone.