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e-borghi travel 9, Craftmanship e-borghi: Frosolone, shining blades and ancient stones

Beechwoods, forests, lakes, farmhouses and strangely shaped rocks of the Morgia Quadra. Frosolone is standing out in this rural landscape in the province of Isernia, it’s a bunch of houses on the highlands of Colle dell’Orso and it’s the home of excellent handcrafted products. Scissors, knives, daggers, sabers and cutting tools of all shapes become artworks thanks to a technique that was passed on from father to son. Frosolone’s history of craftsmanship is celebrated by the monument to the little knife (penknife) that you can see at the Cutting Tools Museum (Museo dei Ferri Taglienti). Some works dating back to the last centuries are exhibited in the museum and you can also see the craftsmen while they are shaping and working the different types of blades. If you are fond of these types of things there are two unmissable appointments: the forging and the National Trade Fair Exhibition of Scissors and Knives: they are both held in August when the sound of the hammer on the anvil also becomes the rhythm of Summer. Cheese makers and folklore from Molise Time sounds still in this tiny village set in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Central Apennines where the old traditions are melted with the daily life and there’s an entire museum dedicated to the local traditions. These are the places of the cattle driving and the sheep tracks that are celebrated by the “shepherd monument” at the entrance of the village. You just have to look around to see the cows in the colourful fields, especially in Spring. If you get into the “Shepherd’s hut” you can see the working of the pasta filata that is carried out by the master cheese makers and you can also taste the best products of this tradition: the caciocavallo cheese, the ricotta cheese and the manteca. The festivals that are held in Summer tell about the shepherds’ skills and their ability at working the mountain cows’ milk. Strolling around the historical palaces and the breathless nature You can enter the village through one of the three doors, Santa Maria, Pietro and Sant’Angelo, then you are welcomed by a series of noble palaces, historical shops and religious buildings like the Monastery of Capuchins dating back to 1580 or the church of Saint Mary of Assumption that keeps a cycle of oil paintings by Giacinto Diana, a painter from the 18th century. In the Monastery of Saint Chiara which dates back to the 15th century the City Hall is based nowadays. In Spring and in Summer you can leave from the hermitage of Sant Aegidius and rich the farmhouse that belongs to Pasquale Paolucci, a house of wonders where many stones reminding the people, the animals and the daily objects have been collected or you can walk in the beechwoods of Mount Marchetta and Colle D’Orso, searching for the beech-tree of Pedalone, a hundred years old tree. If you like doing sport you can try the challenge of the canyon of Colle d’Orso or you can go climbing or you can go horse-riding in the surroundings and you can even have an exciting experience by going hang gliding on the highlands of Colle dell’Orso. Frosolone on your table Frosolone is a land of peasants and all its excellent products remind of ancient rural traditions that make this village a unique site. We can mention the “sagne and beans” (sort of lasagne with beans) they are still served in an earthenware pot that once used to be left on the fire by the chimney while the peasants were going to work in the fields. Another typical dish is the “soup of cascigni” that is made of the fields’ herbs that were once picked up for need and that are now used to make one of the main dishes of this village. There are also the broths, the roast meat, the “petacce e fasciuole” (sort of tagliatelle with beans), the “sughi in tiella” (typical sauces) the “fritti della fessora” (fried fish), the “polenta coi cicori” (polenta with chicory) and the “pizza di grandinie”, made with water and corn flour and baked in the fireplace, a poor dish whose tradition is matched to the “fuje” that are the vegetables, the salami and the cheese from the mountains. They are ancient simple tastes that keep their old authenticity, they are brought to a new life in the stone houses that are spread in this village of Molise. Parade floats, songs and festivals There are many festivals that are held in Frosolone all year through, they celebrate the local traditions and the local craftsmanship. The dance is started by the celebration of Sant’Antonio Abate (on the 17 of January) with the blessing of the animals in the church in order to remind the ancient rural roots of this village. There are choirs that sing all night long accompanied by the accordions and the organ grinders in exchange for food supplies like the wine, the salami, the cheese and the sweets. In May the cattle driving is celebrated while in August there are many occasions to celebrate starting with the parade of floats that is held on the first day of the month which is followed by the “Festival of peppers and codfish”. The year ends with the “Festival Truffles & Molise” in December, it’s a trade-show that aims at promoting this treasure of the woods and the surrounding territory that is rich of scorzone and bianchetto truffles and above all the very precious Tuber Magnatum.

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