Our journey to discover the world of Club Cavallo Italia for people who, like us, love the beauty and elegance of the most beautiful and elegant places in Italy, today stops at the Castle of Sammezzano, in Tuscany, the most an important example of eclectic architecture in Europe, one of the 12 finalists candidates for the 2018 edition of the 7 Most Endangered program, launched by Europa Nostra.
Now we read the story of the Castle of Sammezzano, which few know, which began during the second half of the nineteenth century, when the Marquis Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes of Aragon completely transformed a medieval fortress near Florence, following the eastern current that at that time it was spreading in Europe.
In his work, Ferdinando was influenced by different styles coming from the East, letting himself be inspired in particular by the details belonging to Moorish, Persian and Indian architecture, such as the rich chalk embroideries and the polychrome ceramic elements.
Ferndinando has created the Sammezzano Castle, an extraordinary villa, made up of 65 rooms, 15 of which richly decorated on the first floor made the building famous throughout the world.
The Castle of Sammezzano is also located in a 160-hectare park, which is home to many extraordinary species of trees and exotic plants and the highest number of giant sequoias in Italy, as many as 57!
After the Second World War, the Sammezzano Castle became a luxury hotel but for over 25 years there is no longer any activity inside it and the site is in a substantial state of neglect, with many unanswered questions about the property. This led to a slow and progressive deterioration.
In fact, over the years, the openings and the roof have been damaged which, not having been repaired, have caused water infiltration, damaging the structure of the castle and especially its most fragile components, such as plaster, plaster decorations, stained glass, ornamental paintings and tiles ceramics.
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