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Piedmont: Discover The Castle of Camino

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a1sx2_Original1_IMG_9785.JPG My friends, welcome to My Own Italy  to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Today our travel is in  Piedmont and I'd like to tell you something about one of the Castle of Monferrato area: the Castle of Camino in province of Alessandria.


 

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9620.JPG The Castle of Camino is situated in the famous Monferrato Hills, in the north west of Italy, about an hour away from Milan, Genoa and Turin.

 The Castle’s origins date back to around the year 1000 for defensive reasons and enlarged at the end of the 18th century, it is still one of the most beautiful castles in Italy both for its architecture as well as for its perfect state of preservation. 

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 Due to his strategic position, the Castle of Camino was an ideal observation point as well as offering protection to the inhabitants of the surrounding plains; during the 12th century, at times of danger the local people would take shelter within its walls, traces of which are still left today.

 

 b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9728.JPG The oldest building of the Castle of Camino is to be found in the part that includes the imposing crenellated tower, unusual rectangular structure, 44 meters high, in the lower part of the building was added to a drawbridge.

Around this nucleus and using areas of the disengagement Scarampi built an impressive castle since '300. The structure is an irregular plan for the various bodies huddled and also for having exploited the natural undulation of the ground.

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 Until the 13th century Camino was owned by the bishops of Asti, before passing into the control of the marquises of Monferrato. 

 In 1323 Theodore Palaeologus, deeply in debt and in need of money, granted the investiture and ownership of the Castello di Camino to brothers Tommaso and Francesco Scarampi, bankers and merchants from Asti.
 
 
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 The castle remained in the hands of the Scarampi family of Villanova from then until 1950.
 
 Ferdinando Scarampi restructured the oldest part of the castle, creating the dining room in a Neo-Gothic style, the library, and the theater frescoed with scenes from Don Quixote. 
 
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Between the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century also ends for the castle of the Camino military prowess, so the grand staircase was opened and mostly built the hall, decorated with fake architecture and floral arrangements open to the south of the stone balcony style baroque style.
 
 
 
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There are fillers that frame the 22 oil paintings created by Domenico Guala and dedicated to as many members of the family Roero.

Between the late 800 and early 900, the castle of Camino was again the object of interventions that concerned the decoration and interior design improntandolo the neo-Gothic style.

  
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The chapel, very old, was reduced, and redecorated, a triptych of attribution to Macrinus d'Alba.
 
To accommodate king Vittorio Emanuele II it was completely refurbished and redecorated the rooms of the first floor a so called "Hall of Kings"
 
 
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  The guided tour of the Castle’s halls will take you through various historical eras and also to the legends linked to the castle. 
Afterwards, I suggest you to explore the beautiful grounds and the garden, part of the River Po Natural Park.
So, what about a dip in the Piedmontese aristocracy?
Leisure me: this is my tourism!
 
 
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