The Dungeon

Recently, we found another fun spot to explore in Scandiano.  The Castle.  Rocca die Boiardo.  The history of it is fascinating.  It was originally erected in 1315 and has had a few renovations since.  One whole side of it is crumbling, and at first I thought it must have been attacked at some point.  I am still not sure what happened, but a power shovel is there to grab debris from time to time.  It is remarkably well kept otherwise.

The courtyard and main floor are open quite often, though they keep the remaining floors (a museum) closed unless they are giving tours.  Last weekend, we walked in and were surprised to find a door open leading down into the depths of the castle.  I don’t know if it was a real dungeon but Vance sure loved to think so.

The walls were completely stone and the doorways were quite narrow.  The doors that were still intact were heavy and wooden, thick pieces of wood nailed together with huge metal nails.  The stairways and tunnels weaved in and out, all the while a few iron bar covered windows were scattered here and there.  Just to make sure you could see where you were going.

Vance almost had a heart attack, thinking a dragon was going to pop out at any minute.  The final room we entered was massive with a curved ceiling and barely visible paintings on the walls.  It was really cool, something I would like to learn more about.  Hopefully the kids and I will get to take a tour this summer when the castle museum is open!  I managed to snap a few pictures, thanks to the iPhone and all of its crazy capabilities!

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We are heading to Paris tomorrow and trading our “Ciao’s” for “Bonjours”.  Let’s hope my four years of high school French pay off…


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