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The Countryside of Gambatesa

As the Provincial Map of Campobasso suggests, a comune is not only an village or town center, but also a territory with farmland and pastures and woods.

Below: some of the countryside of the Comune of Gambatesa.  The structures near the farmhouse appear to be haystacks.  This kind of farm is called a masseria or casino in dialect (although that is not the latter word's meaning in Italian.)

The photographs were taken in September 1960.  They have been taken at the Masseria Valente ("Valente Farm") or at Michele Valente's farm.

The Countryside of Gambatesa, 22 KB

The Altitude of Gambatesa and of some Nearby Villages

Gambatesa's Height Above Sea Level:  1,536 ft.  This is roughly 3 times the height of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., which is 555 feet tall.

Location relative to Gambatesa Village Name Altitude
To the East: Volturino (Fg) 2,412 ft
To the South: Riccia 2,297 ft
Tufara 1,378 ft
To the West: Jelsi 1,903 ft
Gildone 2,034 ft
To the North: Pietracatella 2,329 ft

[Road map showing Gambatesa and the villages above (except Volturino)]
 

The Population of Gambatesa
from 1532 to 2001

Census
Year
Number of
Households
1532 322
1545 332
1561 361
1595 346
1648 291
1669 70

Notes: There was plague in Gambatesa in 1656-1657. The Italian word here translated "households" is fuochi, meaning: "fires" -- i.e. hearths.

Census
Year
Number of
Inhabitants
1780 1,891
1795 2,400
1835 2,903
1861 2,947
1871 ?
1881 3,078
1901 3,416
1911 3,689
1921 3,572
1931 ?
1936 3,241
1951 3,164
1961 3,039
1971 ?
1981 ?
1991 2,045
2001 1,737
2011 1,635

The Populations of the Nearby Villages above:

Name of Village 1961 Census 1991 Census 2001 Census
Volturino 3,364 2,224 1,992
Riccia 7,147 6,176 5,701
Tufara 1,821 1,256 1,120
Jelsi 2,966 2,040 1,917
Gildone 2,016 962 859
Pietracatella 3,137 1,696 1,600


Related Page: Map showing Gambatesa's location in Molise, with a table listing Gambatesa's distance from major provincial capital cities in Italy from north to south.
 

Boy watching over his family's sheep in Gambatesa, 20 KB

Above: a boy watching over his family's sheep in Gambatesa, September 1960.  This is also what Giovanni Valente did when he was a child in Gambatesa.


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Last revised: 28 October 2006 : 2006-10-28 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo.

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