History

SO MUCH HISTORY… SOME LEGEND …

The structure dates back, in the original construction, to 1720 and is part of the estates of Anna Pignatelli, princess of Sepino, scion of the Apulian branch of the noble family Pignatelli, owners Molise Monteroduni also the castle, where the historical name of “Tavern Prince, “which also refers to its initial destination as a post Taverna to change horses of stagecoaches and the rest of the travelers.

In 1740 this function becomes essential, at the inauguration of the Consular Sannitica the Bourbons realized to join Napoli, and then the Tyrrhenian Sea, with Termoli located on the Adriatic Sea.

For more than a century, until the unification of Italy in 1861, the classic open to very wide arc of the premises on the ground floor and first floor rooms provide shelter, hospitality, trade, shares and protection for travelers and wayfarers committed in routes that, at the time, constituted the epic adventures.

In this period the “Taverna del Principe” becomes scene of many episodes linked to the phenomenon of Banditry and the famous Southern Question.

I Briganti, patriots and simultaneously evildoers … complex shapes, strong colors, which recall a story characterized by ‘attachment to their land against any ruler, by anger over poverty that becomes the bond of slavery, from the ferocity when despair does not pose more brakes, by the spirit of freedom as ransom for a dignified life …

Between the late 1800s and the early 1900s the property passes by the Pignatelli family to one of their sharecropper named Amante Volpe.

This jump from the noble property in the popular one is wrapped in mystery. A feeling of respectful devotion, a passion for the impossible love marked by the class difference, magnanimity in gratitude to the fidelity and loyalty, is not given to know what were the real relationship between Anna the Princess and Amante the sharecropper, only the harsh stone and warm wood of the house will hold in confidence.

In 1910 the Tavern became industrial factory for the production of pasta.

Some older people remember that at the end of World War I (1915 – 1918), probably after the armistice between Italy and Austria, the factory would become a chocolate factory for officers of the Austro Hungarian.

In 1925 passes to a new property, the Tiberio family, and become a true rural building, is equipped with a double courtyard opposite the central part of the building, making it unique in the rural type of Molise.

In the years between 1930 and 1940, in particular wing of the building, it is used as a rural school and housing for the teacher.

In this same period, the Tiberio family, like many Italian families, living in the diaspora due to emigration from Italy to the US mainland, the Taverna then falls into a state of neglect and disrepair, lasted decades.

In 2005 Ialenti family buys the property, building and surrounding land, to make it his residence, beginning a slow and delicate work of recovery of the property, the materials, the furniture, the spirit that pervades this place, to bring it back to its function originally linked to reception and hospitality, guided by the more modern concept of well-being bio-psycho-physical.

In 2012, ‘ “Old Taverna del Principe”, present name, receives from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the official recognition of “Historical and Artistic House”.