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Some news on Palazzo Parente

Ancient family – among the wealthiest ones in Scanno -, the Parentes built their fortune upon pastoralism. As a matter of fact, they owned thousands of sheep and wide lands both in the territory of Scanno and in the “Tavoliere delle Puglie”, where – due to the flocks transhumance – they ended up gaining large estates in the area of Casal Trinità (nowadays known as Trinitapoli).

The family Palace was built in the second half of the 18th century, by joining some old houses overlooking the upstream side of the road leading to Porta della Croce. Those houses were partially demolished, in order to build the entrance hall, the stairway and the
“piano nobile”.
The basement, the warehouse and the entrance hall were located on the ground floor, on the street level; the kitchens and the servants’ rooms occupied the first floor, while the family lived on the second one. On the backside, in a garden overlooking the sheep farming path leading to the mountains (nowadays known as Napoli Street), you could find the woodshed, a one-floor building with wide arches, demolished in the 50s of the past century.

The rooms’ vaults on the “piano nobile” were finely decorated with frescoes and the private chapel – commissioned around 1860 -, was garnished with plaster decorations by the masters of the Neapolitan school.

At the end of the 19th century, Don Vincenzo Parente married Angelina Falcone from Casal Trinità and her brother, Sabino, married one of Don Vincenzo’s sisters, who died few months after giving birth to their daughter Marietta.

During the World War II the Palace was confiscated by the Germans, who turned it into a military hospital.

After the war, Don Vincenzo’s children moved to Apulia, and the Palace was inherited by Sabino Falcone’s daughter, one of their cousins.