Carovilli: climatic resort & “truffle village”

Carovilli is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Isernia in the Italian region Molise, located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northwest of Campobasso and about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) northeast of Isernia. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 1,508 and an area of 41.6 square kilometres (16.1 sq mi). [Source: wikipedia]

Santo Stefano del Lupo

The patron saint of Carovilli is Santo Stefano del Lupo (lupo means “wolf” in Italian) who lived in the late 12/early 1300s. At 16, he joined the monastery and became a Benedictine Monk. He followed the doctrine of Pietro Di Murrone who became pope Celestine V. It is said that Santo Stefano travelled with him to Rome when he was elected.

Every July 19, the town celebrates La Festa di Santo Stefano. A procession and mass, including fireworks, are conducted in the morning. Then at nightfall, a huge party occurs in the piazza with a live band, vendors, and a lot of fun.

Carovilli is also has a thriving truffles (tartufi) industry. The area in and around Monte Ferrante is in abundant with delicious truffles.