Hi Buzztrippers! October is about to start, and, as usual, Castles in Friuli-Venezia Giulia are ready to welcome thousands of people! Twice a year, the regional Consorzio Castelli launches a special initiative, Castelli Aperti, letting people visit old castles, palaces and noble mansions, usually closed. On Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd, you will have the unique chance of visiting several castles, located in Trieste, Gorizia, Udine and Pordenone provinces. Here you find my favourite options for the latter: ready to be Buzztripped?
Castelli Aperti: Cordovado
The “Castle” of Cordovado is not a single building actually: what we call “Castello” is a whole medieval village. The originary castle was built over the remains of a Roman castrum and played an important role, due to its favourable position (close to the river Tagliamento, a meaningful trade route). In 1511, a terrible earthquake destroyed it: therefore, an elegant palace, Villa Piccolomini-Freschi, replaced the former building.
- The village: protected by well preserved medieval walls, the village presents some interesting buildings. Elegant palaces (once owned by noble families), quaint houses (where local craftmen lived), evocative corners: the enchanted atmosphere you will breathe has been recreated by Nicoletta Freschi, who, during the 20th century, devoted herself to the restauration and the enhancement of the whole medieval village.
- The palace: visit Palazzo Piccolomini Freschi, built according to Venetian canons at the end of the 16th century. You will learn more about the noble family that still lives here and walk around its majestic salons, admiring the elegant furniture.
- The garden: do not miss the absolutely mezmerizing garden of Palazzo Piccolomini! Created by Sigismondo Freschi in the 19th century, it is a real wonder, full of hidden trails, colorful plants, mysterious corners and romantic areas. Take your time to walk around and just let the garden surprise you!
Castelli Aperti: Castelcosa
Let’s move to San Giorgio della Richinvelda, where you will find Castelcosa, a palace whose history dates back to the 11th century. Several noble families owned the castle, due to its strategic position: the Cosa, the Spilimbergo and the Attimis Maniago. The palace as it is today derives from an 18th century restauration, that transformed the medieval building into an elegant mansion, with a majestic staircase leading to the first floor.
- The palace: walk around the huge salons and carefully listen to the guided visit. You will be dragged along by charming stories mixing estates, coats of arms, Friulian battles, family anecdotes, and I can tell you: you will never get bored!
- The paintings: what struck me the most about Castelcosa are the paintings by Mario Rabassi, who decorated the walls of the first floor from 1989 to 1991. Look at the bright, warm colors, inspired by the years Rabassi spent in tropical countries, and contributing to revive the atmosphere; discover which scenes from the seasonal cycle are depicted, proving the love of the painter for rural life and ancestral traditions; and above all, observe the puttis’ faces! Would you say they are good or evil? No right or good answer here!
- The wine. Castelcosa wine cellar and wine shop are simply amazing! You will find wines from Italy, South Africa, Usa, Australia, India, Japan and even Russia! In a perfectly fitting atmosphere (harvest tools, old mementoes, huge jugs) you will explore a perfectly preserved wine cellar and an incredibly rich shop, where to bring home a delicious souvenir from your day at Castelcosa.
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