WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CASTLE OF CARPI? LET’S LEARN TOGETHER!!
READ THE PRINCE’S WORDS!
PRINCE ALBERTO III PIO
Of Carpi I’m the prince
And I’ll tell you what it means
The castle is my residence
It keeps my authority in evidence
The taller my tower
The stronger my power
One day I had to say goodbye
It was no longer mine
It was taken by my enemy
That wanted to destroy my family
EVERY ROOM HAS AN INTERESTING STORY. READ ABOUT IT!
PALAZZO PIO ROOMS
Palazzo Pio is an impressive building and a symbol of the architecture of the Renaissance. It
is situated between Piazza Martiri and Piazzale Re Astolfo.
The Love Room,
also called “Gold Roses’ Room”, presents the wedding between Lionello
Pio and Caterina Pico celebrated by Cupid. Over them, you can see the word “Amore”, which
gives the room its name. The wall also shows the party after the ceremony, where ladies and
knights are dancing under a canopy. There is another picture that shows a lot of men
participating in several competitions.
The Triumphs Room
has two walls that were the ancient walls of the “Torre del Passerino”.
This room is connected to the “Sala dei Mori” through the Lady’s Room and was a present
from Lionello Pio to his wife, Caterina Pico. This room shows the poem by Francesco
Petrarca, called “I Trionfi”, which illustrates triumphal carts.
You can view many scenes there:
THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE is represented by horses and a cart, driven by Cupid. He is
always represented as a child with wings who brings love to people’s hearts . He
throws red flames, the symbol of passion.
THE TRIUMPH OF DEATH shows a cart pulled by oxen that takes the souls of the
dead to the Acheron River where Charon, the ferryman, is waiting to take them to
THE TRIUMPH OF FAME presents two huge elephants with long white tusks that
pull a cart. All around the cart are many famous people of that time, including Dante
THE TRIUMPH OF TIME shows several deer with golden horns that pull a cart. It is
driven by a man dressed in a blue suit. He has an hourglass, the symbol of the passage
The Main Room
The Main Room was improperly called “Saladei Mori”. It measures 200 square meters
and is used as a reception room or the representation room of the palace. In the 1700s
it was used for silk production. This is why it is also called “Saladei Mori” because the
moro (mulberry) is the tree whose leaves silkworms eat. This room was painted by
Giovanni del Sega between 1506 and 1518.
Pio’s Chapel is in the Renaissance style. It has a rectangular shape with frescoes
painted between 1500 and 1504. The frescoes represent the lives of Christ, Mary,
saints and martyrs. They also represent Alberto III Pio with his brother Lionello II and
Aldo Manunzio, the inventor of printing in Italy.
The Adorn Room is considered to be the Prince’s room and was decorated in the
1500s. It has a carved wooden ceiling decorated with a golden floral pattern. On the
ceiling there are emblems held up by little angels.
The Lady’s Room
The Lady’s Room is inside the Torre del Passerino. It was where Caterina Pico,
Alberto Pio’s mother, lived. This room is square and is in the Gothic style. Originally,
on the ceiling there was a blue sky full of stars. Today, the room is red because under
the blue there was a foundation of red that re-emerged over time. In 1900 the room
was painted completely red.
In 1982 the jails were assigned to the headquarters of the Historical Archive and
underwent restoration until 2001.
Cortile d’onore (Cour d’honneur)
You can arrive at the majestic Cortile d’onore by going through the Torre dell’Orologio (the
Clock Tower). It covers an area 900 square meters and has a regular open gallery with marble
columns. The capitals of the northern side columns have many different shapes. Also, on the
northern side there is a small courtyard, called Cortiletto del Passerino.
Torrione degli Spagnoli
Torrione degli Spagnoli is also known as Torrione di Galasso. It has a rectangular shape and
was built between 1440 and 1450. It has two floors and many rooms containing frescoes.
Sala dei cimieri nella Rocca Vecchia
Sala dei cimieri (Room of Crests) is on the first floor of Rocca Vecchia where today there is
the Archivio Storico (historical archives). Crests were the decorations on helmets that made
soldiers seem taller and honorable. Rocca Vecchia was built in the 15th century and restored,
with decorations being added up to the 19th century.
Torre dell’Orologio was added to the castle’s façade in the 17th century. It was designed
by the architect Guido Fassi, who was from Carpi.
THERE’S A SMALL TOWER IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE CASTLE, IT IS CALLED “TORRE DELL’UCCELLIERA”!
The Torre dell’Uccelliera, a small, round tower, was
built in 1480. Many years ago there was a similar
tower in the southern part of the castle. It has
frescoes of birds in the room on the first floor and a
secret garden at the back.
ONCE UPON A TIME A BEAUTIFUL ELEGANT LADY LIVED IN THE CASTLE. UNFORTUNATLY ONE DAY SHE WAS FOUND DEAD ON THE GROUND. GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TO HER?
THE WHITE LADY
White lady is my name,
And I’m going to tell you about my fame.
I was sleeping in my room deeply,
When my husband came in briefly.
We had a serious argument,
And not about my ornament
And what was the cause?.
A cheater he thought I was
Of the window of the highest tower
He threw me out at the darkest hour
Suddenly, I was dead,
Because on the ground I hit my head.
But my soul still lingers here,
I was unjustly killed, it is clear.
When at night I wander in the tower,
Beware, Pio family! You are about to meet YOUR darkest hour!
The White Lady
The legend: During the Middle Ages, the Lord of Carpi and his wife lived in
a tower known as Torre del Passerino. The Lord’s wife was extremely
beautiful and was famous for being able to charm ladies and knights with her
looks. The powerful Lord thought that his wife was being disloyal to him, so
he wanted revenge. One night, when she was sleeping, he dragged her from
her bed and killed her by pushing her out of the window.
The legend says her soul still lingers here, wandering through the rooms of
the palace. Occasionally, her ghost appears and when it does, it is a bad omen
meaning that a member of the Pio family will soon die.