During the last week of studies we finally got our chance to go to the castle right across our own short valley, Montecchio. Quite famous, the castle was even on a postage stamp.
You might have seen it as a vague outline in some earlier pictures taken from Santa Chiara across the valley. It was a great honor to be invited into the walls and given a tour by the Duchess who resides there now. Surrounded by olive groves bending up and down the surrounding hills, the castle is an ongoing research lab. There is much excavation and students from all over the world come to research there, and stay in the other remaining home within the walls, across the small gardens from the duchess’s own home.
An aerial image of Castello di Montecchio.
Valley picture from late January, the first morning in Castiglion. This was how I was most familiar with Montecchio.
Montecchio as we approached
Near the gate but still in the olives
Classmates infiltrating the castle gate.
Castle from the inside
Edge of the duchess’ home.
Hiking back for dinner amid the poppies.
Castiglion from Montecchio
In the time that we weren’t traveling, eating, or sleeping, we were in studio. This was my desk_ in case you ever wondered if we were doing work.
We also did a great deal of eating gelato. :)