Italy

Roma Capitale Visiting Rome Photographing Rome and Vatican City museum colosseum St Peter’s Basilica

Rome (Roma) is one of the most beautiful Cities to visit with so much architecture and historic buildings to see. Walking through Rome every corner you turn there is something spectacular.

Rome was always one of my top ten places to visit and on my first visit I proposed to my now wife at midnight under St. Peter’s Basilica.

Rome Aroma
Rome Aroma
Roma Italy
Roma Italy
san maria Italy
san maria Italy
Vatican City
Vatican City
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome
Old Rome
Old Rome
Pantheon Rome
Pantheon Rome
Pope Leo XIII
Pope Leo XIII
Roma Capitale
Roma Capitale
Road to the colosseum
Road to the colosseum
Vatican City
Vatican City

Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy

In the Tuscan hills of Northern Italy is an abandoned castle. Castello di Sammezzano. This castle is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Italy. Sadly, it has been left to decay for more than 20 years.

Was erected in the early 17th century by a Spanish nobleman. More than 200 years later, the 365-room palace was remodeled. After World War II, Sammezzano became a luxury hotel, but was closed in the 1990s.

Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy

Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy

Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy

Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy
Castello di Sammezzano Non Plus Ultra abandoned Castle Tuscany Florence Italy

Manicomio di C Abandoned Asylum Italy

Once home to 6,000 patients sent for ‘treatment’ but were never allowed to leave.

Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra was a former psychiatric hospital in Tuscany, Italy
It was home to more than 6,000 mental patients but was shut down in 1978 because its practices were deemed cruel.

The hospital was called ‘the place of no return’ because patients supposedly never returned home.

Walls of courtyard are still covered in the carvings of a patient who was locked inside for more than a decade.

Manicomio di C Abandoned Asylum
Manicomio di C Abandoned Asylum

Non Plus Ultra Sammezzano Castle

Sammezzano, or the Castle of Sammezzano, is an Italian palazzo in Tuscany notable for its Moorish Revival architectural style.

The original palazzo was erected in about 1605 by the Spanish nobleman, Ximenes of Aragon. 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. Umberto I, king of Italy, visited Ximenes at Sammezzano in 1878.

The palazzo served as a luxury hotel in the post WWII era, then was vacated and closed. A committee called FPXA 1813-2013, acronym for Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes d’Aragon, was organized in 2012 to attempt to restore and preserve the palazzo, which has 365 rooms, each with unique, Moorish decoration.

Abandoned since the 1990s, after plans to transform it into a luxury hotel fell through.

Sammezzano Castle
Sammezzano Castle

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