Days 45-48 – Agnone

Each day we meet at the fountain in Agnone’s Piazza Plebliscito to have a coffee during the mid-day class break. The symbol of Agnone is featured on each of the fountain’s medallions, along with a crown, indicating that the town was a royal city during the time of Bourbon rule.

The back streets of Agnone are narrow and quiet.

Antonio gives us an overview of the area’s archaeological sites. Remains of the Samnite people can be found throughout the area.

He shows us an image recreating the temple site we are going to visit today. The site was once a place of worship for the Samnite people who lived in this area before and during the Roman times.

And here we are at the Teatro Sannita Pietrabbondante, where the Samnite people worshiped their gods.

Hannibal and his forces sacked the sanctuary during the second Punic War, but it was rebuilt in about 200 B.C.

Unique to this site, each seat of the temple is carved from one entire stone, from the top of the back to the bottom edge. It is hard to imagine how the stones arrived at the site, let alone how the workers were able to carve them into ergonomic seats.

The massive stones were cut at angles and used in dry wall construction.

Since four centuries before Christ, these stones have been providing home to a variety of lichen.

Some of the stones show evidence of sea life.

The Samnites were conquered by the Romans, and eventually the sanctuary fell into disuse.

The nearby town of Pietrabbondante fits into its stone surroundings. Its name means “abundant stone.”

A bit of figure carving remains. The style shows Greek influence, but it is uniquely Samnite.

We were surprised to learn that, rather than simple shepherds living in thatch huts, the Samnite people created an advanced society on par with early Rome.

Scroll to Top