The Iorio family originated in Morrone del Sannio, Italy. Morrone, as we call it for short, is a municipality in the Campobasso province in the Molise region in Italy. It’s a small town, but is full of history and charm. Here are five facts about Marrone we wanted to share with our loyal Iorio’s following:
- History of Morrone del Sannio. In the 15th century Morrone was a fiefdom of the Santangelo and then Di Sangro. The two fuedal lords, in 1303, were Giovanni and Adelmario
- Morrone tradition. On the first Sunday in May the statue of the Virgin Mary is carried in a procession to the parish church of Morrone, and the second in October when it is carried back to the chapel in Casalpiano, in a symbolic seasonal migration parallel to the migration of shepherds to Apulia.
- Food of Morrone. A very typical dish in Morrone are cookies called “pecellate”, which are made with semolina flour, walnuts, wine, and orange peel.
- The patron saint of Morrone is San Modesto.
- A sight worth seeing. The ruins of the Badia of Casalpiano, which were built in the 12th century & destroyed by the terrible earthquake in 1456, are second only to the natural, breathtaking views of Morrone.