Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Castle of Secrets

Once a castle, now a fort, the Castle of Moncalieri sits majestically at the top of a hill but just don’t take a picture of it, it’s against the law. It was built for Thomas I of Savoy in the mid 17th century and became a royal residence of many different ruling families but now is solely used as a military academy and fort. Therefore if you are standing next to the castle and you decide to take a picture, they will ask you to stop. Which is what happened to me,but I did get in 2 or 3 pics before the stop order. Who knows what military secrets it's holding? You can tour the royal residence rooms inside,Pier and I did, but if you do plan on having an armed guard follow you around room by room, no inside photos or bathroom breaks allowed. And when I say armed I mean big big gun. It was only just declared a national heritage site in 1997 so now it is protected and is being restored.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Can't wait to come visit and see all this in person with you! Working on the passport already...