Castles_and_Palaces (CnP): Chiara, why have your parents decided to buy this castle?
Chiara Gibelli (CG): My mother was not originally from Milano, she was born in a little medieval city near Rome, called Viterbo. She grew up between history, ancient music, ancient churches, beautiful hills and typical gastronomy. She came to Milano when she was very young, as my father's spouse. But she dreamed of living in a romantic countryside cottage. At the end she got this Castle!
In 1993 they discovered this ancient little castle on sale when they looked for… a fortepiano! It seemed too good to be true; but it was true! From the first sight they fell in love with the Castle. It had been abandoned for about 15 years, but it was intact. Long negotiations with the seller followed. But in the end we won! As my father uses to say: it looked like a Stone Giant that wanted to come back to life. And we were the right family to do the miracle. With great love and faith my parents did the big jump. And in about one year, we were here, without much money, without our relatives.
CnP: What did it feel like back then? Wasn't it scary during the first nights in the castle?
CG: No, it wasn't scary. The first days were very thrilling! Every new noise, smell, animal cry, creak - everything was surprising! We have always lived in a big city where the night was full of street lights and noises. In the Castle the night is deeply dark, the sky is cold and full of stars. The morning is sparkling, you can smell the rain or the night's humidity on the stones. The Castle is set into the rocks with a torrent at the bottom of the rocky gorge; so in autumn and winter sometimes you can't see anything all around because of the mist! But you can hear the torrent roaring 85 meters down there. It's unreal and frightening and wonderful too. Of course, from November to April it's very cold!! We have to warm up with work or hot baths, cups of hot tea or broth, woolen clothes and socks!!! But this is a lovely and charming feeling (mostly when I remember it in the summer). And we have good fireplaces.