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Monselice Castle

A journey through the ages

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Where is

Veneto

Via del Santuario, 11, 35043 Monselice PD, Italia (20m s.l.m.)

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What it is and where it is

When you take Via del Santuario from Piazza Mazzini in Monselice, you do not expect to come across a castle. Instead, as soon as you turn the corner, there it is, Castello Cini, elegantly nestled behind a wrought-iron gate, with a small stone courtyard acting as an antechamber. It is not a castle as people usually imagine it to be: to the great walls, it replaces the surrounding walls of its gardens, and forgoes a scenic facade, preferring to show the world the different pieces of its soul: different buildings built in different eras, stand side by side in a single, majestic architectural complex at the foot of the Colle della Rocca.

Why it is special

It owes its name to its last owner, Count Vittorio Cini. His intervention here, consisted of a radical restoration of the entire complex, reconstructing even the furnishings of the interior rooms. The intent was to ideally accompany the guest or visitor on a journey back in time. In the individual rooms, in fact, everything is in its place in a magical atmosphere: tables, chairs, paintings, beds, knick-knacks and kitchen utensils, as if by magic they were to reappear the ancient inhabitants of these places, to relive the heroic or everyday deeds of their eras.

Not to be missed

The Castle Armory, which occupies the entire ground floor of the Ezzelinian Tower, is one of the largest and most beautiful in the Veneto region. The collection of arms is divided into three rooms, each of which houses a fine collection of complete tournament and war armor, helmets and chain mail, swords, daggers, pole arms, crossbows, and firearms, dating from the 14th to the 18th century. Their Italian, Spanish, German, and French provenance provides insight into the use and spread of arms in Europe with reference to the medieval and Renaissance periods.

A bit of history

The history of Monselice Castle is summarized by the four main cores, built between the 11th and 16th centuries. The oldest part, to the right of the main entrance, is the Castelletto with the adjoining Romanesque House, built between the 11th and 12th centuries. On the left stands the massive silhouette of the Tower built by Ezzelino da Romano in the 13th century. In the center, as a connecting nucleus between the two pre-existing buildings, the Marcello Palace was built in the 15th century. Finally, it is possible to admire the castle library, which stands on the wide esplanade in front of Ezzelino's tower, built in the late 1500s.

Curiosities

Wandering through the rooms of the castle you will come across three very special fireplaces. They are in fact very rare specimens, easily recognizable by the rounded shape of the hearth mouth. It is precisely this characteristic that has earned them the name flute-beak fireplaces, but they are actually Carraresi fireplaces, that is, a type of fireplace that characterized the dwellings of the Carraresi, the Lords of Padua. Here at the Cini Castle in particular, there is one that is a real work of art because of its decorations!

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