Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Italian Castle


At the very end of a peninsula that juts out into the south end of Lake Garda in north central Italy is this rather imposing fortification called the Scaliger Castle.  The castle, complete with a water-filled moat is at the entrance to the town of Sirmione, a picturesque little resort town full of restaurants and shops.

But, it is the castle that dominates the area.

Construction of it began in 1277 under the instruction of Mastino della Scala.  It is a rare example of a medieval port fortification designed to protect the area and home to the Scaliger fleet.










Back in the 13th century, the area was a favorite resort area for the rich families of Verona.  And, it still remains a popular resort area to this day.

On the inside is a small museum displaying Medieval and Roman artifacts found in the area.

Wouldn't this be a wonderful building to photograph in all kinds of weather?  I'm especially thinking that foggy or misty weather could prove to make some interesting shots.

8 comments:

Andy said...

I am impressed when when I see old structures like this still standing. I wonder if the same thing will happen to our generation of buildings.

Steve said...

Lots of neat items in the old world. Enjoyed the post.

Thérèse said...

Rather impressive and easier to visit than to live in :-)
We love this area and used to go on vacation with the kids to Lago di Gardo but for the good weather not for visiting.

Judy said...

I can't imagine living in that castle. It is a great looking place but I think too dark and cold inside for me. Beautiful pictures!

Jack said...

This would be worth seeing. I have visited nearby lakes, like Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, but not Lake Garda. The Italian lakes are among the prettiest places I have ever seen.

llandudnopictures said...

Beautifully atmospheric looking place, can't beat a good castle!

Bill Nicholls said...

First look at it make me think it was from the time of the Crusades, I was not far out then

Julie said...

I love the old castles. I think a fog and stormy skies would look amazing against this castle's façade.