17 photos of a fabulous Italian castle, where every day of the year has its own room (18 photos)

3 November 2023
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Sammezzano and its 365 rooms: how a stunning oriental-style castle appeared in the heart of Tuscany.





Perhaps Sammezzano is not like any of them. It is located near Florence in the town of Reggello, surrounded by a large landscape park. Alas, it is almost impossible to get into it: the castle has been abandoned for several decades, and the area around is under protection. It is opened only occasionally for special events, so only rare guests can admire its decoration. But they are all lucky, because interiors like those in Sammezzano Castle can hardly be found anywhere. The castle has 365 rooms, for every day of the year. We invite you to see a tiny part of this luxurious decoration.

The history of this castle dates back to the 8th century; according to some sources, Charlemagne died here



These lands belonged to rich and influential families at various times.



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Among the owners were, for example, the Medici family



In the 19th century, the castle was bought by Marquis Ferdinando Panciatici



The Marquis got tired of the bustle of Florence and settled in Reggello for several decades



Then there was a hunting lodge on the site of the castle, and Panciatici completely rebuilt it



The Marquis spent forty years building the castle, inspired by travel stories



At that time there was a huge interest in the East in Europe



The Eastern world was idealized in books and works of art



It is for this reason that Sammezzano is the most atypical Tuscan castle



There is an Indian-Arab atmosphere here



It refers to Moorish masterpieces and Mughal architecture



Sammezzano is more reminiscent of the Taj Mahal and Muslim mosques



The castle has 365 rooms, for every day of the year, and all rooms have a different design



The decoration is very bright, it’s like you’re in an oriental fairy tale and a colorful kaleidoscope



On one of the walls there is a Latin phrase, Non plus ultra, which translates to “Nothing further.”



Indeed, visitors here seem to be transported to another world, after which there is nothing more beautiful

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