Did you know that in Molise there are Croatian and Albanian communities?
In Molise there are Albanian and Croatian ethnic and linguistic minorities, which preserve their language, customs and traditions.
How did they get to Molise? Around the middle of the 14th century, many Albanians and Croats fled to Italy to escape Turkish invasions, settling in most of the South.
In Molise, the Albanian community (arbëreshë) has about 13,000 people, in four municipalities in the Lower Molise region: Campomarino (Këmarini), Montecilfone (Munxhufuni), Portocannone (Portkanuni) and Ururi (Rùri).
The Croatian community is made up of around 2,000 – 3,000 people, in the municipalities of Acquaviva Collecroce (Živavoda Kruč), Montemitro (Mundimitar) and San Felice del Molise (Filič).