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Old April 10th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #761
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Villa dei Vescovi, part 2: interiors and frescoes by Lambert Sustris.











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...and here you are a short video about the Villa, the surrounding landscape and its interiors...
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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #762
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Villa Barbarigo at Noventa Vicentina, Veneto:









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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:54 PM   #763
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Villa Giovannelli, Veneto









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Old April 10th, 2012, 11:23 PM   #764
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Villa Cornaro, world heritage site, projected by Andrea Palladio:



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Old April 10th, 2012, 11:32 PM   #765
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Awesome job, Tommolo! Keep it up!

Lovely palaces and stunnig castles also!

Let me ask you something: do you happen to know how many castles (only castles, not palaces) there are in whole Italy? Once I read that Trentino/Sudtirol, Valle d'Aosta and Calabria were the regions with the highest numbers of fortified constructions. Is this really true?

Do you have some information about that? How is Italy in comparison to its european neighbors? Have you got some numbers?
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Old April 10th, 2012, 11:32 PM   #766
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Montagnana walled city, around the walls I've counted 29 medieval towers:







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Old April 10th, 2012, 11:50 PM   #767
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Hello Kriativus! Thank you!
There are still no official data for Italy due to the overwhelming quantity of historical
monuments, but there is a very prudent and underestimated esteem that says that there are some 80-85 thousands palaces, villas and historical residences in italy, of which some 45 thousands at least are castles. there are some 5000 historical cities and 30 thousand historical centers, and for the churches, the lowest data I've heard is 100 thousand temples. The high number of castles and fortresses are due to the fact that until national unification cities were fighting against each other, and so the noblemen used to compete with each other in having the most beautiful palace decorated by the best artists. Obviously the fact that italy reached national unification only in the XIX century helped this "artistical fight".
Also the tradition in graphical arts and in architecture could be an easy explaination though.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 12:19 AM   #768
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Hello Kriativus! Thank you!
There are still no official data for Italy due to the overwhelming quantity of historical
monuments, but there is a very prudent and underestimated esteem that says that there are some 80-85 thousands palaces, villas and historical residences in italy, of which some 45 thousands at least are castles. there are some 5000 historical cities and 30 thousand historical centers, and for the churches, the lowest data I've heard is 100 thousand temples. The high number of castles and fortresses are due to the fact that until national unification cities were fighting against each other, and so the noblemen used to compete with each other in having the most beautiful palace decorated by the best artists. Obviously the fact that italy reached national unification only in the XIX century helped this "artistical fight".
Also the tradition in graphical arts and in architecture could be an easy explaination though.
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Wow... It's beyond unbelievable. Those numbers are outstanding! Thanks a lot for the info, I really appreciated it.

In other words, no other country on Earth can really match these numbers! I would go further, no other place on the planet can compete with Italy in historical, artistical or architectural fields.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 12:51 AM   #769
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Montagnana walled city, around the walls I've counted 29 medieval towers:







Nice!
Comparable to Tallinn Old Town walls.
Tallinn's city wall originally had a length of 2.35 kilometers and comprised 46 wall and gate towers. Large sections of the medieval city wall still stand today including 26 of the defensive towers. Each tower has a name.

http://www.willgoto.com/1/145800/liens.aspx

Tallinn was probably the best fortified city in medieval Europe!
Unbelievable impressive!


Tower http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GXxKyyR6q2...k+this+one.jpg

These two from: http://tomsweeneytravels.blogspot.co...-can-they.html
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There are still no official data for Italy due to the overwhelming quantity of historical
monuments, but there is a very prudent and underestimated esteem that says that there are some 80-85 thousands palaces, villas and historical residences in italy, of which some 45 thousands at least are castles. there are some 5000 historical cities and 30 thousand historical centers, and for the churches, the lowest data I've heard is 100 thousand temples.
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In other words, no other country on Earth can really match these numbers! I would go further, no other place on the planet can compete with Italy in historical, artistical or architectural fields.
Agree. I am afraid of Italy in cultural sense!
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France

Chateau de Beaumesnil :

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Chateau de Fontainebleau :








Chateau de Trévarez :






Chateau de Marbeaumont :

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Chateau du Champs de Bataille :



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Old April 11th, 2012, 08:37 AM   #772
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Hello Kriativus! Thank you!
There are still no official data for Italy due to the overwhelming quantity of historical
monuments, but there is a very prudent and underestimated esteem that says that there are some 80-85 thousands palaces, villas and historical residences in italy, of which some 45 thousands at least are castles. there are some 5000 historical cities and 30 thousand historical centers, and for the churches, the lowest data I've heard is 100 thousand temples. The high number of castles and fortresses are due to the fact that until national unification cities were fighting against each other, and so the noblemen used to compete with each other in having the most beautiful palace decorated by the best artists. Obviously the fact that italy reached national unification only in the XIX century helped this "artistical fight".
Also the tradition in graphical arts and in architecture could be an easy explaination though.
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And how many museums and archaeological sites?
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no one knows that!

Villa Reale di Monza, architect Pollack:







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Andrea Appiani's famous fresco: the Parnassus









For a 360° visit, here you are the link!
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Palazzo reale di Napoli, Bourbonic house:

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Royal palace in naples part 2:











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Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Rome (to me one of the most interesting palaces in Rome)





The museum inside:

Annibale Caracci, Flight into Egypt:



Caravaggio, Mary Magdalene:



Judith by Titian:



the very famous portrait of pope Innocentius X by Diego Velazquez:



Caravaggio's famous rest during the flight into egypt:



And another last one by Caravaggio: Saint John the Baptist.



I will now publish pictures of the interiors
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Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome, interiors:







Pietro da Cortona's frescoed vault:



the facade on Via del Corso, very close to the Pietro da Cortona's church Santa Maria in Via Lata

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Now another villa by Andrea Palladio in Veneto, UNESCO world heritage site:





a short video of the Villa...

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Villa_Emo.ogg

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frescoed vault of the entrance:



detail of the frescoes, by Giovanni Battista Zelotti:

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Palazzo Ducale, Genoa





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Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano, Tuscany, architect Giuliano di Sangallo











Andrea del Sarto's frescoes:

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