Maranola: where the past becomes present

Maranola: where the past becomes present
2009. A goatherd in Maranola. Photo Dario Novellino © Dario Novellino

Maranola: where the past becomes present

According to oral traditions, the history of Maranola begins with a settlement of seven huts. Moreover, it has been proposed that the village foundations were constructed around the sixth century A.D., during the Langobardic invasion, which caused lowland communities to flee the coastal areas. This movement, from the coast to the highlands, began in 846 A.D. when Formia was razed and destroyed by Muslim pirates. The oldest reference to Maranola is found in the Codex Diplomaticus Cajetanus written around the middle of the 10th century; the village’s name –being associated with the definition castrum– is first mentioned in a document dated 1029.