The path of the senses - Capracotta
Tour proposed in collaboration with the "Molise for all" Association
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Garden of Apennine Flora
Among the highest peaks of the Apennines, Capracotta is an important ski resort that is part of the Upper Molise Mountain Community.
The destruction caused by the bombing during the Second World War did not erase all traces of the history of the village of Capracotta. The parish church of the Assumption dates back to 1673 and preserves numerous noteworthy paintings inside. It is located on the highest part of the town, in the Terra Vecchia district. That of Santa Maria di Loreto was built by the shepherds of Capri to entrust their families to the protection of the Madonna during the period of their absence during the transhumance.
Outside the town, heading towards Monte Capraro, there is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Loreto, existing since 1622, had 8 priests, owned many fiefdoms, in 1950 after the damage of the war it was rebuilt, following the neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic style, it is seat of a brotherhood which organizes a procession of harnessed horses every 3 years. In the transhumance season, the herds departed from this church. The church is simple, with the neo-Romanesque façade, the central oculus of the rose window, and the splayed arched portal in white stone, the interior has a single simple nave, which still shows Baroque reminiscences, especially for the altar in wood, with the statue of the Madonna and Child.
Just outside the village it is possible to admire the Baronial Palace built in the 16th century by the lords of Ebulo. The Palace was built outside the city walls of the time, in a period of great economic, demographic and urban expansion of Capracotta.
In the basement of the Baronial Palace, seat of the Municipality of Capracotta, the Museum of Peasant Civilization and Old Crafts of Capracotta was inaugurated in August 2010. The completely renovated premises thus welcome objects that the people of Capri wanted to donate and leave to future generations. Thanks to the intervention of photographer Saverio Petrocelli, virtual trips were made in the Municipal Museum of Capracotta to give anyone the opportunity to visit it at any time and from anywhere in the world.
To visit the Garden of the Apennine Flora, a high altitude botanical garden where it is possible to admire numerous species of local flowers and plants. The high wealth of plant species is due to the presence of different habitats, some of which are completely natural such as beech woods, bushes, grasslands, swamps, cliffs, and others, on the other hand, obtained by optimizing the morphological characteristics of the territory. such as the rock and the pond. The Garden is thus a unique opportunity to visit in an accessible way the typical environments of the mountain and high mountain plain of the central-southern Apennines. Important and at the same time fascinating are the terraces dedicated to medicinal plants and autochthonous horticultural varieties, real research laboratories on traditional uses and customs linked to the plant world.
The Garden in the management of spaces follows the principles of inclusive design. Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of University Education and Research, the Path of the Senses was created, dedicated to the visually impaired and the blind, adapting the path for motor disabilities already present. The project involved the construction of 4 flower beds with aromatic plants accompanied by descriptive panels in Braille placed along the path, and the installation of 4 tactile visual information panels, equipped with QR code and NFC proximity sensors. It can be visited not only for people with sensory and motor disabilities, but also for mothers with strollers, the elderly and / or people with temporary mobility difficulties.