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This tradition goes back to 1283 when Cristoforo d'Aquino obtained from the king Carlo d'Angiò its recognition. Still nowdays the fair is registered in the italian fair-register. Already in Varrone's times, the population of Pescasseroli was composed almost completely by shepherds. One of the three big "grass roads" (for sheep trecking) starts from Pescasseroli that was the pastoral capital of this region. Crossing the S.Venere (Veneranda)'s bridge, on the right you can still observe the beginning of one of the big "Tratturi" (Sheep trecking tracks) still marked by a stone named the "Titolo" (The Title). In the first part of the nineteenth century, due to the Murat's enfranchisement of the Tavoliere di Puglia, the pastoral economy of Pescasseroli had a sudden development that led to the emergence of a social class endowed of high economic and cultural level. Due its influence, the "Masseria da campo", that is the agricultural property in the Tavoliere di Puglia, becomes the main economic production system and prevails on the "Masseria delle pecore" that is the pastoral activity to which was devoted the small and strong land owners oligarchy of Pescasseroli. The event of the Transhumance linked to the "Masseria da campo" system was described by Cesidio Gentile (Jurico), a self-taught poet, born in 1847, who learnt to read and to write at the fire lights in the sheep pens.