Category: Italy

Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral

castlesandmedievals:Palace of Caserta The Ro…

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Palace of Caserta

The Royal Palace of Caserta (Italian: Reggia di Caserta [ˈrɛddʒa di kaˈzɛrta; kaˈsɛrta]; Neapolitan: Reggia ‘e Caserta [ˈrɛdːʒ(ə) e kaˈsertə]) is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, constructed by the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies as their main residence as kings of Naples. It is one of the largest palaces erected in Europe during the 18th century. In 1997, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its nomination described it as “the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space”.[1] In terms of volume, the Royal Palace of Caserta is one of the largest royal residences in the world[2] with over 1 million [3] and covering an area of about 160,000 .[4]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Palace_of_Caserta

Cannero castles  The Castelli di Cannero are …

Cannero castles 

The Castelli di Cannero are three rocky islets of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. They are located off the shoreline of Cannero Riviera while administratively forming part of the Comuneof Cannobio. They are known as castelli, or castles, in recognition of the ruined ancient fortifications which are found on two of them.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castelli_di_Cannero

Scola Tower

Scola Tower is a former military building located beyond the northeastern tip of Palmaria Island in the town of Porto Venere in the province of La Spezia, Italy. 

Scola Tower

Scola Tower is a former military building located beyond the northeastern tip of Palmaria Island in the town of Porto Venere in the province of La Spezia, Italy. 

Vincigliata Castle

Vincigliata Castle is located near the town of Fiesole in Florence, Italy. In 1031 AD, the medieval castle served as a stronghold for the Vinsdomini family. The castle passed to Alessandri I who owned the castle for three hundred years. In the 17thcentury, the castle was sold and eventually fell into ruin. In 1840, Englishman John Temple purchased the castle and restored it in the neo-Gothic style, which took over 15 years to complete. He also purchased 700 hundred acres of land surrounding the castle and began restoring the houses and villas. He planted a grand English garden on the castle grounds, planted cypress tress in the rocky areas, and added a fountain, a vineyard, and statues to the property. During WWII, the castle was requisitioned by the Italian government and used as a POW camp, which ended with the Italian Armistice of 1943. In 2012, the castle was opened as a venue for special events. Vincigliata Castle has a long history and is known for the tragic love story of two lovers torn apart by political feuds between two noble families, much like Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” except their names were Bianca degli Usimbardi and Uberto del Mazzecca. In the 13thcentury, Bianca was forbidden by her father from leaving the castle to meet Uberto. When her father is called to war and wounded, he ends up being saved by the knight Uberto. Upon being nursed back to health by Uberto, Giovanni gave permission for the two to wed. Sadly as Uberto approached upon horseback to the wedding ceremony, he was attacked by unhappy family members of Bianca’s and murdered. This action continued the hatred between the two noble families. Legend claims that after Bianca witnessed her love’s death, she eventually died of a broken heart. 

Vincigliata Castle

Vincigliata Castle is located near the town of Fiesole in Florence, Italy. In 1031 AD, the medieval castle served as a stronghold for the Vinsdomini family. The castle passed to Alessandri I who owned the castle for three hundred years. In the 17thcentury, the castle was sold and eventually fell into ruin. In 1840, Englishman John Temple purchased the castle and restored it in the neo-Gothic style, which took over 15 years to complete. He also purchased 700 hundred acres of land surrounding the castle and began restoring the houses and villas. He planted a grand English garden on the castle grounds, planted cypress tress in the rocky areas, and added a fountain, a vineyard, and statues to the property. During WWII, the castle was requisitioned by the Italian government and used as a POW camp, which ended with the Italian Armistice of 1943. In 2012, the castle was opened as a venue for special events. Vincigliata Castle has a long history and is known for the tragic love story of two lovers torn apart by political feuds between two noble families, much like Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” except their names were Bianca degli Usimbardi and Uberto del Mazzecca. In the 13thcentury, Bianca was forbidden by her father from leaving the castle to meet Uberto. When her father is called to war and wounded, he ends up being saved by the knight Uberto. Upon being nursed back to health by Uberto, Giovanni gave permission for the two to wed. Sadly as Uberto approached upon horseback to the wedding ceremony, he was attacked by unhappy family members of Bianca’s and murdered. This action continued the hatred between the two noble families. Legend claims that after Bianca witnessed her love’s death, she eventually died of a broken heart. 

Saint Jean Savoia Castle

Saint Jean Savoia Castle is located in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, Italy. The castle was built in the 19thcentury by Queen Margherita and King Umberto I as a holiday residence. Unfortunately, King Umberto I was assassinated in 1900 and never stayed at the castle. After Queen Margherita’s death, the castle remained closed and was eventually sold in 1936 to the Moretti family, who sold it to Valle d’Aosta region in 1981. Although Saint Jean is referred to as a castle, it is actually a three-story villa that is rectangular in design. The architecture is done in an eclectic style with five neo-gothic towers, one designed in an octagonal shape. The towers are surrounded by differing spires. The central tower has a covered terraced and a cusped roof with dormers. The castle boasts a dining room, game room, lounges, as well as the private apartments of Queen Margherita. The castle has ornamental paintings, coffered ceilings, and sculpted paneling. The kitchen was built thirty meters away in another building and was connected to the castle’s dining room by a gallery equipped with a double track, which transported food in sealed electric carts. The property’s park-like setting houses a guesthouse and lodging for servants. The castle sits at the foot of the Colle Della Ranzola and has a beautiful view of the Lyskamm glacier and the valley. #Castles #CastleSaintJeanSavoia #Italy #Villa #ValleDAosta #GressoneySaintJean #CastleSavoia #LyskammGlacier #ColleDellaRanzola