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Oratino from a height of almost 800 meters above sea level dominates the middle valley of the Biferno river for a long stretch. From the hill where the inhabited center stands, a spectacular panorama opens up, from which it is possible to see with the naked eye numerous villages located in the upper Molise and southern Abruzzo.
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Gianfranco Vitolo/flickr
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A look at Oratino
A look at Oratino

About the village

Oratino, an enchanting Molise village located in the middle Biferno Valley, enraptures visitors with its millennia-old history and a panorama that encompasses the Molise hinterland to the peaks of Abruzzo. Rising on a hill nearly 800 meters above sea level, this small town of 1,670 inhabitants has become part of the "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy," a testament to the labor and craftsmanship developed here since the 17th century.

The journey of discovery of Oratino begins at the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto, the ancient burial place of the Giordano dukes and an artistic jewel thanks to the decorations of the Brunetti brothers. Here, the splendid wooden works and statues by Carmine Latessa and Crescenzo Ranallo tell stories of faith and art in a silent but extremely eloquent way.

Walking through the village, visitors cross echoes of the past in the streets that wind along the limestone cliffs, identical to those that centuries ago saw the bustle of stonemasons and artisans. One cannot miss a stop at the Belvedere Calise, from which to admire the wide panorama that stretches from the Matese mountains to the Maiella, all the way to the Fountain of Memory, the identifying symbol of the Oratino community.

The majestic Palazzo Giordano, with its striking square plan and portal adorned with acanthus leaves, draws visitors' attention, just as does the view of the ancient medieval village, accessed through the Porta del Piano, a genuine vestige of a bygone era but still throbbing.

At the top of the village towers the Church of Santa Maria Assunta where, among columns and frescoes such as Ciriaco Brunetti's Assumption, the spiritual and community heart of Oratino is enshrined.

Finally, the cultural experience merges with the naturalistic one: the Morge Regional Park, to which Oratino is linked, awaits those who wish to extend their adventure outside the urban fabric, exploring the Molise landscape and its biodiversity.

Oratino, therefore, not only preserves but continues to tell its story, interwoven among the stones of its churches, the streets of its artisans and the nature that surrounds it, offering an authentic and multifaceted image of Molisian culture.

Municipality of Oratino
Province of Campobasso
Molise Region

Inhabitants: 1.678 oratinesi
Altitude center: 795 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Protected Natural Areas:
Parco delle Morge Cenozoiche del Molise 

Piazza Raffaele Rogati 3 - Tel. +39 0874 38132

= distances as the crow flies


  • From the North: From the A14 Adriatica motorway towards Pescara, exit at Termoli, follow the direction of Campobasso / Larino, take the SS 87 (Bifernina state road), continue on the SS 647, turn onto the SP 169 in the direction of Oratino (SP 41 ).
  • From the south: Autostrada Adriatica A14, follow the direction of Pescara, continue on the A16 motorway, follow the direction of Benevento, in Benevento continue on the SS 88, exit at Campobasso, take the SS 87 (Bifernina state road) towards Campobasso / Isernia, continue on the SS 17 always in the direction of Campobasso, continue on the SS 647 in the direction of Termoli, take the direction for Oratino (SP 41).
  • From Campobasso: Take the Stada Provinciale 41 in the direction of Oratino.
  • From Naples: From the A1 highway, exit at Caianello, turn towards Benevento, continue towards Campobasso, SS 17, then SS 647, continue towards Oratino (SP 41).
  • From Rome: From the A1 Autostrada del Sole motorway, exit at San Vittore, follow direction Campobasso, reach the SS 17 state road, continue along the SS 647 state road and follow the directions for Oratino (SP 41).


  • Campobasso railway station


  • Foggia airport
  • Naples airport
  • Pescara airport
  • Rome Ciampino Airport
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport


  • Port of Termoli
  • Port of Naples
  • Port of Pescara

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= distances as the crow flies


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