The birth of Camerata (Vecchia) is around 900-960 AD Built on top of a rocky promontory (1250 m asl), the castle of Camerata was surrounded by imposing walls, until 1859, when the town was destroyed by a violent fire, to be rebuilt with the name of Camerata Nuova . Its territory is included in the Simbruini Mountains Natural Park: between the Valle di Fioio, the Monte Autore and the Fondo della Femminmina Morta there is the possibility of walking many paths on foot and on horseback, and practicing cross-country skiing near the large karstic plan of Camposecco. A pilgrimage destination is the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie and in the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta there is a wooden statue of the Madonna saved by the fire in Camerata Vecchia.
Camerata Nuova is also famous for its "arcari", master craftsmen of wood dedicated to the construction of the arche, characteristic chests of beech wood.
Sites of interest
- Ruins of Old Camerata
From the village it is possible to visit the ruins of Camerata Vecchia which rise on a limestone cliff located at the eastern edge of a long ridge whose summit part coincides with Monte Camposecco. Visiting these places you are fascinated by the sight of the ancient walls but at the same time you can be confused in knowing that only a century and a half ago there lived people, craftsmen, farmers and shepherds, forced to leave the native country to start again.