Monselice Castle Open to the public

From 27 March 2011 to 27 November 2011

The monument that sums up the history of Monselice is opening again to the public. With the arrival of the fine weather and up to the onset of winter it will be possible to visit the historic complex in this lively small town in the Southern part of the Padova province. A journey between archeology, culture and art in a uniquely beautiful setting. The so-called Cini Castle is located at the foothills of what is the symbol of this town, the Rocca Hill, and comprises different buildings from several historic periods. It has taken on many faces throughout the centuries according to the rulers of each time. From lordly residence through to defensive tower and Venetian villa, the Monselice Castle has often changed roles during its history and been transformed as recounted by its four constituting parts, built between the 11th and 18th century, which can be distinguished within its structure: the Romanic House (11th century the Castelletto (12th century the Ezzelinian Tower (13th century) and Ca Marcello (15th century this being the palace that the Marcello noble family from Venice had built to link up all the other parts. The residing nobility have later altered the main portion of the villa, adding a building housing a library (16th century they then restored the Venetian courtyard (17th century) and added the final touch in the form of a private chapel (18th century). The last family who owned the castle was Girardi Cini. The dedication and attention of Count Vittorio Cini intervened at the right time and turned around the fate of the castle that was otherwise destined to a slow decline. This monumental complex is today owned by the Regione Veneto that has turned it into a regional museum along with the Lombard Antiquarium and the Mastio Federciano. The Antiquarium houses a Lombard necropolis, dating to the 7th century, which was found at the Rocca Hill. The Mastio Federciano is an enchanting military building commissioned by Federico II Emperor to Ezzelino da Romano. Today all the finds emerged during its excavation are kept inside it.Half way up the hill it is possible to see (only from the outside) the Villa Duodo, once belonging to another nobility family from Venice: here we find ourselves next to the so-called Seven Churches itinerary. Still inside the library it is possible to visit the Carlo Scarpa Museum of Rarity, the renowned architect and designer from Venice, whose genius is presented through a collection of unique pieces. Many different opportunities to visit but one single itinerary: a fantastic experience enriched by the arrival of spring and summer. Open Tuesdays to Sundays Opening times:Castle:Standard Time:Mornings: 9.00 10.00 11.00afternoons: 14.00 15.00 16.00Daylight Saving TimeMornings: 9.00 10.00 11.00afternoons: 15.00 16.00 - 17.00 Antiquarium:from 10a.m. to 12a.m.from 15p.m. to 17p.m.Carlo Scarpa Museum of rarity:from 10a.m. to 12a.m.from 15p.m. to 17p.m.
By Insidecom Editorial Staff