Castle of Sammezzano
by Massimo Benedetti
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About the Book
Ximenes Panciatichi Ferdinand of Aragon was born in Florence, March 10, 1813. The Marquis was (without any degree) Architect, Engineer, Botanist (in 1864, bought the first plant of sequoia, well-paying something like 224 italian lira ), bibliophile, Entrepreneur, Political and intellectual multifaceted. In over forty years of his life, the Marquis Ferdinand ( who today could do the same?) conceived, designed, funded and implemented (in a physical sense since all brick, stucco, tiles were made "in situ" ) the Castle of Sammezzano; a 'work poorly understood and often judged by the sufficiency that is born of ignorance. Messages that he has melted in the colors and phantasmagoric shapes of the Castle are incredible modern and contemporary: the beauty and function of architecture, relations between East and West, the decline of political, the vindication of the freedom and dignity of man ..