Italian Extravaganza~ Day IV, Part II

     This is the second part of the fourth day. As promised, I am going to give you an wonderfully detailed little tour of this castle, Unlike my father, I didn’t take any pictures of information cards. It’s kind of like Red listening to that Opera piece that Andy puts on over the loudspeakers in “The Shawshank Redemption.” You don’t need to know what the lady is saying in order to enjoy the beauty of the thing. So this is a castle, somewhere in the northern part of Italy. It’s not a lot of information, but you’re going to see it. You may notice that I usually talk about a castle in terms of taking it. This is because I try to think remember that this is why castles were built. To protect something or someone. It’s not very funny, I guess, but I am very often entertained by it. Today is going to be a kind of super post. The inside of the castle also, bizarrely contained an Egyptian collection and there are some pictures of the courtyard I took that I will post in part III. I would do them all in one go, but just getting there is going to have me putting up close to eight pictures today. Without any further ado, the castle.

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     This is the ground floor. On the Part II post of Day Iv I mentioned how the inside would be a horrible thing to be faced with. Granted, anybody standing by the edge of those walls makes a perfect target since the walls only go up to maybe waist-high, but there’s so much space and barring staying under those arches, you are a target.

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     This is a look at the far wall opposite the arches on both sides. I really loved seeing the faded paint. At the very top you can see some coats of arms, even from here. The walls again push outward and the windows are a little larger on the inside, but still very defensible.

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     A slightly different view of the wall. I was trying to step back and get a better shot of the coats of arms. This pictures also gives you a look of the stairs that lead up. The whole path upwards wraps around the inside of the wall. It’s kind of amazing.

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     Steps leading towards the stairs and also the other courtyard, if I’m not mistaken. The stones on the left are  much more rough and uneven than those steps that lead upwards. I tried walking on them a few times. I won’t say I almost fell on my face or anything, but I stayed on the path after that.

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    You can see the outline of a lion, I believe, on this stone. The front paws are on the left.

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     This was taken on the stairway leading upwards to the second floor. I wanted to take pictures all the way around on every floor. The stairway itself is fairly large and it’s spaced out nicely enough that it would take serious effort to trip on it.

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Shot from the stairway looking down at two paintings I missed. I’m not sure if I went back to get the again. Honestly, I took so many pictures here that it’s kind of hard to remember.

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     This one here is to show you the view from the stairwell to the front gate. Looking at it like this made me realize how far it really is from the front gate to the stairwell. The incline seems to jump up a little more steeply here, as well, but I don’t remember that effecting the stairs.

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here I’m reaching the top of the stairs. I think there was one floor that I wasn’t allowed on. As I was reaching the top I stopped to take a quick picture of those faded paintings on the left side top wall below the railing.

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     It was at this point that I noticed the whole far wall was also covered with lovely paintings. It’s always kind of sad to see these kinds of paintings in such a faded condition.

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     I wasn’t really happy with the first shot, and I was quite certain that the paintings extended around to the side. As you can see, the sun has not been kind to those wall murals.

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     This was a lower shot I took to try and get a better angle on as many of those murals as I can. Sadly, the sun was too bright for me to like any of these pictures.

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     Second floor shot of the murals. They must have looked so beautiful when you could still make out all the details. Even now, it carries a certain elegance to it.

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     Shot down at the paintings from the second floor. You can see the walkway spanning around the inside of the courtyard wall.

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     The stairway to the third floor. It was the statue on the end that I needed to get a picture of.

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     This is a much closer shot of one of the murals. I think that is supposed to be all the bishops who were at the council here. Sadly, I know where this is now. This is Trent. I wish I had taken a shot of the text below the mural.

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     A still closer shot of the mural.

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     There’s something about the worn look of these statues that just breaks me heart and yet fascinates me at the same time. The dog looks so sad. I think it’s a dog.

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      Another one of those statues lining the wall. This one also has worn away quite a bit.

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     This is the last of the statues I saw. She also has seen less faded days. Her hair still remains pretty detailed, though, which is impressive. All of these statues are very open to the elements where they sat.

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     Coat of arms sitting above a door. You can see the tassels on either side and the hat above, signifying it as ecclesiastical heraldry.

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     The view from inside the castle. The mountains in the distance make a very nice back drop for the town.

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     One of my favorite shots of the town. It took me a long time to find the perfect place to take a shot of the town and the  mountains in the right way. The mountains see to come right up to the town in this shot.

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Here is a shot up into the top floor. That mural would be all the other bishops. I believe it’s supposed to go all the way around that floor.

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     Another shot of a faded mural. I wanted to get these closer shots as I went up the stairs. Each time I got closer, I loved them more and more.

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     The third floor murals have clearly had some lovin’. I’m really liking the page on the left wall. I just wish some of the other murals were so restored. i can’t think that the sun hits this spot that much less.

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     This right here is a crying shame.

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    A closer up shot of the tower.

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Another shot of the floor from the top to give you an idea of the size of this front courtyard.

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     And finally I got the shot I had been wanting. From here, the glare isn’t as bad on the camera. You can see the murals I wanted you too. Also, this angle allows me to show pretty much all of them in one shot. Go me!

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     Another shot of the towns and the mountains in the distance from another angle. it was amazing to see how the mountains just go off into the distance.

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     These damned stone poles! They looked so cool from the ground. How could I have known they would ruin all these pictures? If you get to close, you lose some of the scope. If you step back, stone columns.

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     Solution? Step even further back and just take what you can get.

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     Oh  yeah, this is what I’m talkin’ about. The town looks so small in comparison to the mountains. I like how this shot managed to capture so much of the town and the mountain in one go.

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   While I like this shot too, it is a bit let down by the stupid columns. I just love how the mountains slide into a valley. The whole town is so beautiful.

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     Would it shock you to find out that I actually took far, far more pictures of these mountains than I’m putting up here? Because I did. I took way more than I’m showing you. This one will be the last, though.

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I wanted to get a shot of the top floor as a whole. Also, the statue on the railing.

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     At the top of the castle I found what can only be described as doodles.

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     They aren’t exactly works of art. They’re actually kind of weird. Is that guy giving a thumbs up?

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    This is a bishop who just wants to be left alone. Once you finish coloring in his cloak.

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   At least these scribbles are coats of arms.

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    Wider shot of the same coats of arms.

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     Holy crap, the painting around the edge of this ceiling is awesome! Now I really want to see those other ones restored.

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     After the courtyard, there’s a small hallway and then you hit this open space with a walkway to the next courtyard. This is the wall to the left. Or part of it, anyways.

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     Slightly backed up shot of the wall.

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     Somehow missed this shot of the painting near the top I saw before.

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     Drop off from the walkway to the ground.

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     The other part of the wall I needed to walk past, On the left is the walkway seen in the previous pictures.

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     After the second open space you hit another small interior hallway. This is the coat of arms of the owners of the castle again I believe. The red hat and the tassels. though I can’t count them from here.

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     The courtyard in the newer part of the castle. Again, note the differences in the style and the stonework.

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     Alot of this castle is open air. I guess that makes sense, but I wanted to show that in this picture.

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    A closer shot of the arches on the far end of the courtyard.

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     A brief shot of the murals on the inside of the arches and the ceiling beyond it.

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     A close up of two of the heads in stone, with more of the murals beyond the arches and in them as well.

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     Another coat of arms I needed to get before I leave. I think that’s pretty much it for today. Tomorrow, the Egyptian exhibit in the castle. And also the front courtyard that I neglected to take pictures of on the way in. And lizards eating each other. No, I’m not joking or neing weird. Serious, honest to God lizards eating each other. I had to take pictures. Tell me you wouldn’t.

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