Castles are rare in this country. They’re not from “our time”. But there’s an allure… a romance about them that draws people. This was no doubt the case for Dario Sattui when he dreamed up Castello di Amorosa.
To quote the man, “I built Castello di Amorosa (Castle of Love) because of my passionate, all-consuming desire to create something extraordinary, to honor my Italian heritage, of my deep love of medieval architecture, and because my commitment to making superior wines in magnificent setting.”
It took thirty years to build Castello di Amorosa, and it was all built using methods and materials used 700-800 years ago. 200 containers worth of materials and furnishings came from Europe, and more than 8,000 tons of local stone was hand-chiseled for the project. This 121,000 square foot castle has eight levels, four of which are underground, and has all the elements of a medieval castle… a moat, drawbridge, 5 towers, high defensive ramparts, courtyards, a deep well, church, stables, outdoor oven, Great Hall, and even a prison and torture chamber.
I would love to go back to this place to photograph the grounds while nearing harvest… with vines full of grapes and turning leaves, but that was not the case during this visit. Instead, the ground was soggy and it was not yet spring, thus most of my focus was on the interior, and the animals of course!
As I mentioned in my last post, my friend Ellen and her friend Tom joined us for the tour and wine tasting. It was certainly a fun way to spend our afternoon. The architecture is incredible and vast, and the underground is a maze of beautiful arched tunnels. Amazingly none of us got lost! ?
I’m pretty much going to let the images do the talking from here, but you can read a lot more about the place and plan your visit at their website… Castello di Amorosa. (Disclaimer… no flash or tripods allowed.)