On a road trip to Italy, at the end of February, I almost got stuck in Italy just before the border closed because of the COVID-19. One of the reasons for my trip was to visit a place mysteriously abandoned despite its grandeur and beauty. This magnificent 150 rooms castle was built at the start of the 20th century by a wealthy industrialist in a neo-gothic Italian style. Since then, it has passed from owner to owner following various bankruptcies. Arriving at the site at sunrise, I was able to take advantage of the rising sunlight to explore the surprising architecture.

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Well-ordered majesty

All comers

One privilege I particularly appreciate when offered to me is to be able to walk around the corridors of a ruined castle, a palace, a mansion or villa. The thought that invariably comes to mind is—how is it possible that such majestic places are today in such a state having known so many splendors? There are multiple reasons—problems of inheritances, bankruptcies, fires, or earthquakes—the list may be long. It is not for me to judge.

Gone with the light

Spirit of the stairs

I have to go now

Simply to know how to enjoy the view of these spaces, to enter with the utmost discretion, and walk around with the greatest respect. I wait for the day to dawn and try to understand how the architects and decorators devised such places, invariably admiring the increasing light. I become a châtelain or a viscount during my incognito visit and take the greatest pleasure in imagining what life was like for the occupants, finding the best angles to take pictures and leave discreetly where I came in, gladly leaving my noble title behind when I push back the shutter.

If you’re interested, you can find my previous posts here and here on Bored Panda.

The assured approach

Am I crazy?

Now I think I understand everything

In the light of dreams

Passage in Time