Rocchetta al Volturno, Italy attracts tourists to see the abandoned village

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Rochetta al Volturno was badly damaged in World War II and then a landslide added to the destruction. The local population moved down to the plain and built Rochetta Nuova and now tourists come to wander through the deserted streets of the old town.

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The original village was largely built in medieval times but because of its position halfway up a mountain it has been subject to a series of landslides in its history. These were such that during the 19th century it was largely deserted for a safer position on the plain and the town of Rochetta Nuova developed.

During the Second World War a part of the old village called 'Castelnuovo al Volturno' was occupied by German troops. The tide turned and the Allies, including the Italian Liberation Corps took over the town. They then staged a mock battle and as a part of this largely blew up the town for a propaganda film about 'the Gustav Line'. This marked the definite end for life in the old town.

The eerie streets now draw many a visitor to witness the combined destructions of the landslides and the bombs. Amongst the notable monuments to see is the Battiloro Castle.

As well as the 'ghost town' the area is worth a visit for the particularly beautiful scenery in this part of Molise. Be sure to bring your walking boots so that you can really enjoy the magnificent surroundings.

Also to see are the church of Santa Maria della Grotte which dates back to the 8th century and is built in Romanesque style. Inside are some 13th century frescoes.

Places to Visit Nearby

Close to the springs of the Volturno river is the  8th century Abbey of San Vincenzo al Voturno and the village of Castel San Vincenzo.

Where is Rocchetta al Volturno?

Rocchetta al Volturno is in the province of Isernia in Molise is south-central Italy.  It is a few kilometers west of the town of Isernia.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Molise guide.

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Map of Rocchetta al Volturno and places to visit

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