The history of this unique place stems from the strong link with Biferno, the longest and most important river in the Molise region, which flows through its stone vaults.
A mill rises on the river, where for centuries the voices of water and those of men have been chasing each other. Stone after stone, there are other buildings used for the wool processing of the transhumant flocks that crossed the nearby sheep tracks, the Pescasseroli – Candela and the Castel di Sangro – Lucera.
The practice of transhumance, an economic engine of the Region until the mid-1800s, fell into disuse, part of the complex was early converted into a hydroelectric power plant that supplied energy to the nearby municipalities of Colle d’Anchise and Baranello until the 1960s, when the power plant and the complex were abandoned.
La Piana dei Mulini is a multi-building hotel in the heart of Molise. The rural village, abandoned for decades, has been transformed, thanks to the visionary tenacity of Molisan dreamers, into a historical residence with 13 rooms expertly renovated and furnished, in which the classic charm of the wood and wrought iron furnishings and the warm notes of the exposed beams immerse the guest in a timeless atmosphere.
La Piana dei Mulini is also a refined restaurant that uses carefully selected local products for contemporary dishes with a typical Italian taste in which a unique territorial identity is recognized. The splendid landscape of the valley of Biferno, the beauty of the stone architecture, the attention to detail and the care for the guest make La Piana dei Mulini an ideal place for small and large events, celebrations, weddings and civil rites.
In 2000, this bend of the Biferno river was an impenetrable forest and of the ancient buildings only the ruined roofs could be seen. In just over a year, thanks to the efforts of the Municipality of Colle d'Anchise and the Molise Region, with the cleaning of the supply channel of the old mill and the reclamation of the river banks, this green place has turned into a magnificent park, guardian of rare and precious species of local flora and fauna.
The Park, due to its natural specificities, is part of a larger area declared a Site of Community Interest (SCI). The walk in the park begins with a visit to the old mill and the disused hydroelectric plant, protected by the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities. From there, following the canal, with its bridges, locks and sluice gates, you get to a small beach in the Biferno loop from where you can admire all the majesty of a millennia-old river. Further on rest the stone arches of the old Spina bridge that connected Campobasso with Bojano, Colle d'Anchise and Baranello.
La Piana dei Mulini is, today, the story of the rebirth of an asset and the recovery of the usability of the surrounding landscape. It is the daily commitment to the realization of a dream, that of the recovery of a historical landscape, of the small internal villages and of the family-run production companies of the Apennines. It is an ancient way of welcoming, still close to the hearts of the travelers.
Our desire is to give back to this magical place the centrality it deserves, a special place in the heart of everyone we host. Sharing time, food, rest, friends, the thrill of living a unique centuries old place with us means sharing our dream and supporting the good Molise that we would like to preserve.
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