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Cenozoic Park of the 'Morge', Molise


The Park offices, in the historic centre of Trivento, cannot contain the full list of morgia sites, which includes Bagnoli del Trigno, Castropignano, Limosano, Oratino, Pietracupa, Salcito and Sant'Angelo Limosano. If the best-known morgia is the one named "dei Briganti" in Pietravalle, in the town of Salcito – unusual for its size and solemn seclusion – in Molise you can find many other pointed rocks made of lime and sandstone, more or less formally identified as morge.

Remarkably, this curious geological phenomenon has been given academic - if not administrative - recognition, thanks to the University of Molise. Equally remarkable is that these rocks were a historic 'requirement' for the growth of human settlements in this region, as is clear to see in places such as Bagnoli del Trigno, Pietrabbondante and Pietracupa. The Park also aims to offer "a model of integrated tourism, managed not by a single operator but by the whole of the local community".

In addition to Pietravalle, there are other spectacular "morges", not found in inhabited areas: for example the one in Pietra Martino near Salcito or the split stone in Pietra Fenda and Pietralumanna on the banks of a tributary of the Trigno, in the Trivento countryside.

Cenozoic Park of the 'Morge', Molise

86020 Pietracupa CB, Italia


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