These are the haunting images of an Italian castle that still stands in pristine condition, despite being left abandoned for more than 20 years.
The Castello di Sammezzano in Tuscany, Italy, was built in the early 17th century by Spanish nobles and was even visited by Emperor Charlemagne,

Charlemagne, deceased in 800 whatever AD, visited a castle built in 1600 AD whatever?

20 thoughts on “Rilly?”

  1. “and was even visited by Emperor Charlemagne, before it was turned into a hotel-restaurant.”

    Some time around 800AD, making it also the first ever hotel-restaurant. Truly a wonder!

  2. You’d expect Arts graduates to fuck up maths and science, but this is their own backyard. Shocking ignorance.

  3. “Teenage scribblers” Nigel Lawson

    “You can’t win anything with kids” Alan Hansen

  4. “…the main building was erected in 1605 by Ferdinando Odoardo Ximenes d’Aragona, who bought it from the Grandduke of Tuscany Ferdinando I. The history of the place, however, is much older – historians say it goes as far back as Roman times. It has even been said that Charlemagne, in 780, on his way back from Rome after baptizing the son of the Pope, stayed at the castle…”

  5. Philip Scott Thomas

    “You can’t win anything with kids” Alan Hansen

    “Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.” – David Mamet

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    Social Justice Warrior – “The history of the place, however, is much older – historians say it goes as far back as Roman times.”

    Actually if they asked a geologist they might find that the history of the place goes back a little bit further than that.

    The fact that someone has claimed that Charlemange may have taken a dump on the spot doesn’t mean he visited the palace. What they are trying to save is actually the work of a mid-nineteenth century descendent:

    In the 19th century, Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes inherited the property and, between 1853 and 1889, remodeled it into one of the largest examples of Moorish Revival architecture.

    They may as well say that Constantine visited the Bank of England on Threadneedle street.

  7. “journalists can’t f*****g write.”

    Like most of the rest of us, journalists don’t write.

    They type.

  8. Think you’ve sort of nixed most “writers” from the latter half of the C20th century, there JF. Even Mark Twain was a typist.

  9. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I’ve found that C. P. Snow’s cultural divide thing is heavily skewed arts-wise. What I mean is, I’ve read a good chunk of the classics, I know who El Greco and Fuseli and Schiele are and can recognise their stuff in a pinch, I have a fairly good grasp of European history, and I speak more than one language. I’m reasonably ‘cultured’, by the common definition of the word. I’ve got the science and engineering stuff as well, of course. Now find me an arts graduate, be he ever so refined, who can state Bertrand’s postulate or calculate the probability of throwing exactly three ones in six throws of a die or name the four fundamental forces and their vector bosons or state of which metal is cassiterite the principal ore.

  10. @ BiCR
    Actually C P Snow did make that point but people choose to ignore it. 50+ years ago I was asked to write an essay on C P Snow’s “Two Cultures” and I truthfully stated that the two best-read men I knew both had science degrees (one was my father whose school prizes included some in Arts-side subjects, competing against boys specialising in those subjects, the other was a Cambridge PhD) and I was promptly failed by the Arts-side examiners. [So I had to retake and, set an essay on Hailsham, I got an “alpha”.]

  11. @BiCR,

    What annoys me about the arts is that only a certain part of it seems to be recognized as making one “cultured”, and that is usually determined by the particular area of knowledge held by the person you’re talking to. An aeonautical engineer will acknowledge a reservoir engineer even though he knows nothing about aeronautical engineering; but if, as an engineer, you happen not to know about (say) Impressionist art it matters not (in the eyes of somebody with an arts degree) that you should know American 20th century literature very well: no, to them, the fact that you don’t know Impressionist art is enough for them to deem you uncultured. I see a lot of this among arty types, they expect you to be familiar with everything.

  12. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Well I say if you can’t make a decent fist of a physics O-level then you’re an unlettered oaf, impressionist painters be damned.

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