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Antica Taverna del Principe in Sepino: warmth and elegance capture the traveller

The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveller.” Franz Kafka. There is a beautiful corner in Molise, towards the border with Benevento, where the physical and ideal paths of history seem to have almost fused together around a structure, an antica locanda – or antique inn – which was used for the change of horses of stagecoaches and as a resting place for travellers.

Descrizione

The house was built at the beginning of the 1700s by the noble family Pignatelli, and within a few decades it became an indispensable stop for those who travelled the Consolare Sannitica, an ancient road established by the Bourbons in order to connect Naples with the Adriatic coast.

Today, the antique tavern of Sepino has returned to life, and to honour its history, it bears the name of Antica Taverna del Principe. As in the past – thanks to the restoration project done by the owners, the Lalenti family – the tavern offers shelter and hospitality. It is a place of exchange and sharing for travellers inside a refined and welcoming environment that is well taken care of, even in the smallest details. Sorrounded by nature and easy to reach, the Antica Taverna del Principe is made of very large spaces with rooms on the upper floor, all furnished with antique pieces of rare beauty. The wide and bright hall in which the horses once rested, welcomes guests with great warmth coming both from the careful attention given by the owners, and a huge, magnificently moulded fireplace. History, archaeology, religiousness, natural landscapes, ancient hamlets, and fun are not to be missed on the route in Molise that leads to the tavern. Within a few kilometres of the Antica Taverna you can find the spectacular archaeological site of the Samnite city of Saepinum; Molise’s capital, Campobasso; and many villages that can be reached by foot. Also nearby are the hillsides and slopes of the Appennine mountains, with the ski resort of Campitello Matese open during ski season. For the friends of I Viaggi dell’Origano and for all other wanderers, the taverna’s distinguishing characteristic is quality, which can be found in its spaces and arrangements, in its homemade morning delights, and in the many activities organized: music, theatre, books, exhibitions and events continuously fill this peculiar, cosy place.

Location

Antica Taverna del Principe – Country House
Contrada Piana d’Olmo, 3, 86017 Sepino CB

Servizi della struttura

– Zona camino/falò all’aperto
– Internet WiFi

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