Petrella Tifernina, Province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy
The territory of this center goes from the mountain where the small hamlet of Castel di Rocca rises, at 863 meters above sea level, down to the green hills of the main center which reach to the banks of the Biferno river.
The historical center is very peculiar, with fourteen small alleys, sided by ancient stone houses, going down the slope from the main street that leads to the church square. Down in the plain there is another recent settlement with modern houses called Castellino Nuovo.
Altitude: 652 m a.s.l -- Territory: hilly -- Population: ca. 1300 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 86024 -- Phone Area Code: 0874 -- Patron Saint: S. Giorgio Martire on 23 April
The name derives from "Pratella", recorded in the 12th century as a fiefdom of Norman Ruggero of Molise, then under the Anjou it was given to Raimondo and Berlingieri from Provence, France, who lost the title in favor of the Santangelo and later the Mormile families. The last feudal lords were the Pulce family.
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