I just love castles. I’m quite lucky to live in a country where you can find them easily, emerging here and there on the top of the hills, characterizing the landscape.
They’re also quiet places, full of history and a strange feeling of magic, perfect for a relaxing walk and particularly suitable as photographic sets.
This castle, in particular, can be reached following an amazing walk, paved with smooth cobblestones and protected by high brick walls, that climbs the hill from the old town of Conegliano.
The oldest records of the fortress date back to the XII century, but it is starting from the XIII century that the castle is affected by the structural improvements that led it to its present appearance. It reached the peak of his military and political function during the XIV century with the domain of the Serenissima – The Republic of Venice – and the the Carraresi, to be afterward abandoned in the XV century.
I love all the natural colors of the materials that you can find in such places: bricks, stone, cobbles. Historical buildings in general do always have something very special if compared to the contemporary ordinary architecture. They have a real link to the landscape, never giving the impression to ruin it but, at the contrary, exalting and shaping it.
Such wonderful places can represent a great deal of inspiration from many points of view. Not least, they can suggest some ideas for your palette; it is all there and you just need to observe them and get what you need, just like a painter in front of nature.
In this particular case I love the idea of the effect given by the warm brownish colors of the cape on an almost totally blue base, which reminds me of the shades of sky.
The pendant is, I believe, my favourite one: it is the real replica of the famous cover of Glastonbury ‘s Chalice Well, designed in 1919 and became symbol of one of the most mystical places in England, where roman and medieval roots melt together.
*Pic by Antonio and me*