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Landi Castle of Bardi by paolo1955

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Featured in RB Explore Photography Page October – 19 – 2012

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Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, Superintendence for the Architectural, the Landscape, the Historical Heritage. Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological of Italy


Iso 200

Shutter Speed 1/400 sec

Focal Lenght 28mm

F-Stop f/10

Lens Sigma 28 – 70

Camera Nikon D300

HDR processed in Photomatix Pro 4.0.1 from a single RAW image, then processed using CS4 – no tripod used


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Bardi and Landi Castle

Bardi is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Parma in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 130 km west of Bologna and about 50 km southwest of Parma, in the upper Ceno valley. It is dominated by the imposing Landi Castle built over a spur of red jasper-

According to a legend, the town’s name would derive from Bardus, or Barrio, the last elephant of Hannibal’s army, who supposedly died here during the march to Rome

It is now known that the Bardi name dates back as far as 600 A.D. when a group of Longobardi fighters, the Arimanni, camped under the cliffs of the blood coloured, rocky promontory which dominates the area. In the vicinity was a wood and a river; which was enough to spark up the idea of starting up a village. And the castle? You had to wait a couple of years to pass by and a large piece of the Medieval period too. In the plains the barbarians reigned, raiding and violence were part of everyday life. A bad wind was blowing for the venerable Evarardo, the bishop of Piacenza. What could have been better than looking for escape in a perfectly new castle built up from a steep and unstormable, rocky cliff? And so it was. The terror of the ferocious Ungari raids caused the bishop to buy half of the Bardi fortress which then became subject to various transfers of property.
Finally, in the middle of the XIII Century, the castle went to the Landi family: from that moment onwards the historical and economical events, not to mention the fortunes of the manor, remained inseparably tied to this Piacentine family which created its own powerful centre for 425 years. It was Ubertino Landi, a dark, wild and indomitable fighter to buy up the castle, half destroyed by the raids of Pallavicino, Lord of Piacenza and to transform it into a fortress.

In 1381 Gian galeazzo Visconti gave recognition to the Landi signoria and from 1415 allowed them complete independance: from that year Bardi became the capital of the Landi State, including the territory of the upper Val Ceno and upper Val Taro. Then in the XVI Century, the impressive manor became the principality, due to the wish of the emperor Carlo V.
One of the most antique parts of the fortress is the ‘mastio’, dating back to the 1200’s, originally adapted for habitation and then trasformed into a prison. Under the care of the Landi, the castle was transformed from a military fortress to a noble dwelling, through the realisation of elegant appartments, affrescoes, gardens, fountains and a big library. Voices tell the story that the fortress has always been inhabited by a group of nice ghosts. Not even is the horrid chamber of torture missing, where the hangman’s axe has been left in full view. Furthermore, recently an antique manuscript has been found, which is proof of the existence of buried treasure in the castle.


Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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Comments

  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful capture Paolo, looks like a painting!

  • Thank-you.For dropping by & taking a look at my captures. Much appreciated

    – paolo1955

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1almost 4 years ago

    Love this!

  • I truly appreciate your most kind comments here.

    – paolo1955

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 4 years ago

    I could look at this all day…one day I would love to travel to all the wonderful places you have photographed. For now I will I will have to travel there through your images…

  • Hi Karen,I hope one day you could travel the places I have
    show in my photos…for now have a nive tour through my images.Thanks my friend for your kind words and support.

    – paolo1955

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks ever so much , always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 4 years ago

    FASCINATING history and what beautiful dominating castle this is. Looks huge.
    Paolo, you really do know how to bring the story of “pride of place” to the fore. Beautiful.

  • HI Frannie…always amazing getting a message from you.Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments about my photo.

    – paolo1955

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful Paolo!

  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

  • Dora Artemiadi
    Dora Artemiadialmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful picture congrats

  • I truly appreciate your most kind comments here.

    – paolo1955

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture Paolo!! :)

  • Thank you,Keith

    – paolo1955

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

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