Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Exploring the Wmagazine site, I came across this tantalizing glimpse inside the spectacularly beautiful Castel Gardena, an austere 17th-century castle among the peaks of the Dolomites. Built in 1616 by the counts Wolkenstein of Austria, it was rescued by the aristocratic Franchetti family after World War I, and has served as their summer retreat ever since. The chapel (first photo) is decorated with heraldic crests, baroque plaster reliefs and religious icons, while most of the bedrooms in the castle have an antique bed and a brightly-colored tiled stove, a traditional Alpine feature. The bedroom of Andrea Franchetti (second photo) is pine-paneled in the Alpine Renaissance style. Wish we could see more of this lovely castle! Wmagazine article is here.
(photographs by Simon Watson for the June 2005 issue of Wmagazine)