The double room deluxe Il Panvisco, with its 21 square meters, is a perfect option for a couple on vacation in Vieste.
The space consists in a queen size double bed, a desk with chair, a small balcony which overlooks the typical lane of Vico Ferrandino, and another small balcony in the bathroom.
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In the seventeen century, when economies of scale were allowing artists and artisans to expand their businesses, recipes were recorded to give the rights on their property to their creators. Nowadays these delicacies represent the pillars of the traditional regional cuisines of Italy. A curious story is the one of the ‘pane schiavonesco’, ancestor of the well-known panettone, that was later named ‘Panvisco’. A recipe partly from puglia that was then adopted and readapted worldwide.
Larger scale productions of the ‘pane schiavonesco’ began with pugliesi families, which used to invest the income from the sales of this delicacy to purchase the trousseau of the future bride. The preparation of this sweet was even reported in one of the travel memories of the priest Giovanni Battista Pacichelli, who described how the women of that time were delighting in cooking this bread aromatised with pepper and cinnamon.
The traditional recipes was introduced by the slavs from whom the word ‘schiavone’ (from the medieval ‘sclavus’ that means ‘war prisoner slav’) derives. These people who were leaving their lands to escape the Turkish invasions, indeed, brought to the Italian peninsula their costumes, traditions and dialects which were slowly absorbed. The recipe of ‘pane schiavonesco’ eventually reached Vieste, where it was likely modified by the people of the town and then recorded to preserve its originality. The notary who recorded this recipe was Michele Ferrandino, of whom acts can be found in the Archive of Lucera.
In his honour it was given his name to the gracious medieval lane that can be seen from the balcony of the room: Vico Ferrandino.