Castle of Sammezzano

The Castello di Sammezzano sits on top of a hill in Tuscany, Northern Italy. Originally it was built in the Moorish style and then re-designed later. The Castello di Sammezzano is a show-stopper, a jaw-dropper. Hidden away in the Tuscan hills of Northern Italy, this electrifyingly beautiful Moorish castle was built a whopping hundreds of years ago, in 1605, but for more than two decades, it’s been sitting empty, neglected, and vulnerable to vandalism and nature’s elements.

There are 365 rooms in the Castello di Sammazzano, one for every day of the year. The Moroccan-style palatial villa is a labyrinth of exquisitely tiled rooms, each one intricately unique. Originally built by a Spanish noble, Ximenes of Aragon in the 17th century, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the castle would find its Arabian identity and be transformed into the ethereal palace it resembles today. Marquis Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes, inheritor of the Castello di Sammezzano, spent 40 years planning, financing and realizing this exotic castle that would become the most important example of orientalist architecture in Italy.

After the Marquis’ death, during the war, the Germans came looting, stealing mainly from the castle’s surrounding park that had once been considered the largest and most exotic in Tuscany. They took many important statues and fountains of Moorish style, as well as an entire bridge and a grotto featuring a statue of Venus.

The castle was later not taken good care of until between the years 2012-13. A local non-profit committee was founded to help raise awareness of the increasingly decaying castle. They have no ownership of Sammezzano but they help to arrange and promote public openings.

The architecture of the castle is breath taking and is worth a visit while you are in Italy. Hiring a car would be a great option as it gives you the freedom to explore other places in Tuscany as well, apart from visiting the Castello di Sammezzano. Car Rental Italy is an ideal choice amongst the tourists who wish to hire a car, due to their economy packages and choicest fleet of four wheelers they have on offer. www.car-rental-italy.com provides cars on hire to move around and explore the picturesque place and has on offer a wide range of options and packages, especially for tourists to make their trip a memorable one.

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