0515 A crash course in Italian history (Ita 040—new)

Senigallia Travel Blog

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Resigning myself to another string of faceless beach town, I am mildly thrilled when I step off the train in Senigalia and see a big old castle sitting right there across the road.

 

I have just entered the Ancona-Rimini castle strip…

 

This castle is different than the ones I’ve seen so far on my trip…  First of all, it’s not on top of a hill… because, of course, there are no hills around here.  It’s very robust with a very wide but not too high tower on each corner.   It looks like a place where people would live year round--  not just a fortress to flee to in times of trouble. 

 

And, since the entrance is only 2 Euros, I figured it’s high time that I explore the inside of a castle…

 

And so begins my crash course in Italian history… This castle is actually several castles from different eras built on top of the other… You can actually go in between the walls of the different castle.

  It was built to defend against rival family clans and, you guessed it, the Pope’s army… And, of course, Turkish invaders that would often attack these coast on their way to or from Venice

 

Ultimately, this area finally fell under the control of the Pope’s army and the castle was used for other purposes…

 

I find I can appreciate the complexities of modern day Italy now with a better understanding of their centuries of struggles of their past…

The inside of the castle is pretty fun to explore with its labyrinth of winding stairs, stately halls, and hidden dungeons… But it does feel a little bit too well maintained… I’d kind of like it to be a bit more jagged and dingy to give a feel of travelling through time…

 

Satisfied with my castle exploration I set out to explore the town…

Senigalia is in the middle of an International Bread Fair with stalls selling different kinds of bread from around Europe… and into old town, a new shop opening up has music blaring and is handing out pastries and drinks to passerbys… so the town is definitely alive…

Being a flat Old Town, Senigalia has a different feel than most of the other historical Italian towns I’ve seen.

The alleys are straight and bit wider lined by tan brick houses and pleasant little shops…

I reach the edge of the old town and find and wide canal where I take another video clip…

 

After crisscrossing the Old Town several times, soaking in the atmosphere and history of the place, I finally head on my way…

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