On the second floor of the Palazzo della cultura (Formerly-conservatorio delle orfane ) Terra Murata, from the 19th of June 2011 it is possible to visit a reconstructed historic faciility of the house of Graziella. In September of 1811 the french writed/poet Alphonse De Lamartine arrived in Italy, he was merely 21 years old and was the principal character in the Grand Tour; according to the tale of Graziella , Lamartine resided in Procida from the 1st of April 1812 till the end of May 1813 during this 14 month stay this writer fell in love with this young local orphan Graziella who at the time was living with her grandmother, grandfather Andrea and her brothers whome we remember only Beppo.
Lamartine in 1849 decided to write this beautiful love story. This very romantic story of love was born on this Island where, the atmosheric surroundings and the smell of the sea engulfed you, Graziella, a very young woman with dark eyes and long tresses, makes the main character fall madly in love with her head over heals, due to her naive simplicity and raw beauty. This young woman was the daughter of local fisherman, where Lamartine spent his stay on this lovely island, and he immediately abbandoned his traveling french wardrobe in order to become part of the simple life and culture of the Island. This tender love that was born during the long days passed together working on the coral reefs and reading love letters in the small fisherman’s house of this Island, this was interrupted by his unexpected departure to france. Alphonse left his lover Graziella with a promise: that he would return to her as soon as possible. While waiting for his return this young woman fell ill to tubercolosis and before dying, she mailed him a letter enclosing one of her beautiful tress. Alphonse saved the lettera long with the tress for his entire life in order to commemorate this unique love that he would never be able to find in any other woman.
Two tundred years after this event the cultural society “La casa di Graziella”, with the collaboration of the Comune di Procida, have reconstructed this site.
Obviously this house is by fa richer than a fisherman’s (of which there was nothing left). The entire wardrobe is dated from 1800 and 1900 but nothing actually belonged to Graziella. The purpose of the museum is to save and continue to promote the history and culture of Procida throught the eyes of Graziella that lived and died for love.
Via Terra Murata