First evidence of town’s origins date back centuries. 216 B.C. powerful Roman army under Varro, the Roman general famous for losing to Hannibal, marched to fight the Carthaginians at Canne and camped in the city called Maccla, early Macchia. Ancient Roman equipment was found scattered throughout the area centuries later. In 476 AD with the Romans weakening, Maccla was defeated by the Goths who then were defeated by the Longoboards Vandals who vandalized the city. Longoboards ruled from 568 to 982 then were defeated by the Bizantini – Catapani.
On September 21, 1701, Gaetano Giacomo Gambacorta, style Prince of Macchia, started a conspiracy (Macchia Conspiracy, against the Spanish viceroy in Naples. The revolt was quickly put down and Gaetano fled to Vienna, Austria where he died on January 27, 1703. In 1800 Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples and Napoleon’s brother, divided Naples into new administrative orders. This created the province of Campobasso which Macchia is located to this day. The second name Valfortore was added in the 19th century.