By Usman Tariq, Sharjah
Italy is a country in Southern Europe. Historically it has faced a lengthy and tempestuous chronicle. And undertaking to put together a concise history of Italy is really a tough challenge. The location of Italy has always been at the center of the Mediterranean trading routes. The foundation of the great Roman Empire was laid in Rome that is the capital and largest city of Italy. From world’s fastest car manufacturing brands Ferrari and Lamborghini to leading the fashion industry with world renowned brands such as Gucci, Prada , Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Bvlgari. That’s not all Italians are also known for world famous Pizza and Lasagna. Italian landmarks are also quite unique and exquisite who doesn’t know about the Collosseum, the Pisa and many more. Castello Di Sammezzano that means castle of Sammezzano in Italian is situated in the Italian region of Tuscany.
It was built in 1605 and had redesigned between 1853 and 1889. This beautiful castle is surrounded by an oak tree grove and is situated on the top of a lush green hill. It is hard to believe that this excellent architectural work currently is abandoned. The castle once hosted Kings and noble persons later after the Second World War was used as a luxury hotel with apartments, spa and stunning golf course until its closure in the 1990s. It had an immediate restoration work in 1999 but yet it has been an abandoned castle. If we take look back at historical places and we will truly be amazed and have a strong appreciation for all of the hard work that was put in centuries ago, when there was no modern facilities at all that we luckily have today. The architecture style is of Moorish revival. Inside the castle the designs the assortment of patterns and colours are simply breathtaking, it takes you back to the past where the minds were lot more beauty and nature oriented. Amazingly the castle has 365 rooms, it is basically one for every day of the year and surprisingly each room has its own name and also differs from the each others.
The Peacock Room is particularly the special suit the vibrant colours used in filling the floor to the unique ceiling work. Only spending time and looking all around the Peacock room is unexplainable such artistry such beautiful colours are truly mind blowing. Overall the combination of colours and geometries is simply brilliant, the other rooms such as the White Room with eccentric Moroccan mosaic tiled floors and wrought iron chandeliers hanging from the ceilings, the gallery between the Hall of Mirrors and the octagon of the Smoking Room, the Hall of Lilies, the Stalactites, the Lovers and there is also a small chapel. Masterly in these spaces there are hidden aperture, corners, windows, columns, labyrinthine paths, capitals, arches, vaults and dome. The castle is surrounded by parkland of 450 acres and it dates back to the mid 19th century and was built by Ferdinand Panciatichi who inherited the property. He made use of agricultural land around his property and planted a large number of exotic tree species and added many architectural elements such as a bridge, an artificial cave with a statue of Venus, some pools, fountains etc. Only a small part of the nineteenth century’s trees survived but there is a restoration project to preserve rare trees.