Roccascalegna is a small town of 1,400 inhabitants, situated on the...read more
Roccascalegna is a small town of 1,400 inhabitants, situated on the hills surrounding the Sangro river. Probably the founders of Roccascalegna were the Longobards that, coming from the North of Italy, from 600 AD occupied permanently the current southern Molise and Abruzzo. Because of this the Byzantine garrisons rallied on the Adriatic Sea coast. The construction of the first watch tower by Longobards can be explained as a result of the logic of such conflict as well as the Castle.
After the end of the conflict between Longobards and Byzantines, except a note of an accounting in 1320, there are no historical source concerning the Roccascalegna Castle until 1525. In this year we can see a description of the structure of the restored castle, in compliance with the new requirements necessary with the advent of firearms.
In the 1705 another deed describes the restoration of the entrance steps of the castle of Roccascalegna.
Since 1700 the Castle was abandoned for three centuries, during which the bad weather and the thefts of the local population helped to ruin its structure, until the donation, appenened in the 1985, by Croce Nanni, the last feudal family to the Local Council of Roccascalegna.
Immediately began the restoration work that reported the Roccascalegna Castle to its former glory in 1996.