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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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A look at Oratino
A look at Oratino

About the village

The name of the village of Oratino, in Molise, was originally Loretinum. The feudal succession was quite complex and is not characterized by the constant presence of a single family. One of the first holders was Eustachio d'Ardicourt (1268), to which his son Adamo I d'Ardicourt succeeded; were probably deprived of Oratino's violence, as in the course of the feudal revision of 1279, quoted by Carlo I d'Angiò, they proved to be untraceable. Under Carlo II of Anjou, at the end of the 13th century, we have such a "John of Lando" as a feudal lord. In the year 1333 Oratino belonged to the demo for unknown causes. On June 6 of that same year, King Roberto d'Angiò gave him his wife Sancha d'Aragona, who kept him until his death in 1345. In the fifteenth century, Oratino was a member of the Evil, then of the Gambates, until 1495 Up until 1507 it was later Capua's. Ferrante di Capua sold it to the barons Rizzo of Naples, from which he passed by inheritance to Caracciolo. In the rest of the sixteenth century the patrizi Coscia of Naples took over. Before 1586 Oratino became Spaniard of Silva, to be alienated in 1630 to Ottavio Vitaliano (killed on June 29, 1639), which became in 1638 the Duke of Oratino. The feud lived with his son Ottavio a hard period. Antonio Vitaliano (living in 1699), IV and last Duke of Oratino, sold it to the Jordan, which were named Dukes of Oratino (Diploma of August 10, 1729), a title confirmed by the Kingdom of Italy (1882).

They certainly deserve a visit to Palazzo Giordano, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto. The latter, dating back to the 18th century, features decorations of the Ciriaco and Stanislao Brunetti brothers dating back to 1757. During the restoration work, the remains of a medieval worship building have come to light. This typical countryside church has been restored to the setting of the central altar and traces of the original terracotta pavement. Subsequently the church became a three-nave with almost square plan, with a wooden ceiling and central steps to access the presbytery. There were three altars, the central one entitled to Madonna del Loreto, the left one dedicated to S. Rocco and the right one to S. Sebastiano.

Do not miss the visit of the Rocca di Oratino, not far from the village, and the panorama of the Biferno Valley that it offers. In 2004, Sergio Castellitto shot scenes from his film: Do not move with Penelope Cruz in Molise. In a scene of these you see, while traveling by car, the Fortress.

Municipality of Oratino
Province of Campobasso
Molise Region

Inhabitants: 1.641
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


  • 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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