CnP: Incredible! This is very interesting, go on, share other interesting facts!
CG: Let me tell you this – it was our 5th year here when we found a secret passage behind a wall! We didn't find it earlier because a little hole in the stone wall was hidden behind wooden panels. It was in a kind of cellar. We didn't use it much and we didn't have time to get rid of the previous owners' stuff. Once my grandfather Pierluigi, who came to stay with us from Viterbo, told my father: let's empty that cellar today and throw away all that rubbish! They removed these panels and discovered a hole in the wall. The hole was not big enough to enter, and so my grandfather, who was very proud of his technological wit, tied his little camera and a lamp to a stick and sent it through the hole. But we couldn't see much. A friend of us, that was an architect, discovered that the hole was closed by a modern piece of wall made of bricks, not stone. And so we decided to open it. It was a narrow corridor, closed by a wall on the right, and on the left it went into a little hall. There was an inscription on the wall with a date and a name. We've learned that it was made by a man from the village, who worked in the castle before the Second World War. He was long dead at that time, but people said that they found bones during restoration works. That was a secret. The old countess didn't want it to be known. But why did this man wrote his name and the date on a hidden wall? Was that a secret message? The passage was probably a leg of an ancient secret way used by medieval soldiers to go outside from the tower when the castle was under siege in the times of wars between Guelfs and Ghibellines. When my dad and granddad came out of the passage they were covered with spider web! It stuck to their hair, shoulders and clothes. Imagine – they turned up when there was a guided tour in the castle' courtyard. The tourists were obviously shocked - where is our guide going to bring us?