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Castle of Donnafugata: photo description (Donnafugata)

Donnafugata - fairy-tale castle, located 20 km from Ragusa in the middle of a fantastic landscape and surrounded by thickets of carob trees. The total area of the estate more than 2,5 thousand sq. m. the Sand-colored walls reflect the sun's rays, so visitors have to squint to enjoy the views of the castle. A refreshing scent of lavender envelops tourists and inadvertently turns their thoughts to the distant past...

More than 700 years ago, this place was built a tower, then a simple lock, and each succeeding owner has left traces of its influence in the majestic building. Knowing a few flashy and impulsive disposition of the Sicilians, it is a mistake to assume that the name of the castle comes from the word "Donna" woman and "discharge" - escaped. In fact, everything is much more prosaic: near the castle there's a fountain whose Arabic name - "InAs-gafiate" - eventually it was turned into Ronna Fuat, and later - in Donnafugata. However, this castle, like many others, there are a couple of heartbreaking love stories.

One of them talks about Bianca di Navarra, which, after the death of her husband Martin, king of Sicily, ascended the throne in 1410. Her began to look after an elderly gentleman from Ragusa, Bernardo Cabrera who wanted to gain power, and with it a young, beautiful wife. However, Bianca was indifferent to the boyfriend. In the end, Cabrera luck would have locked her in the walls of Donnafugata, but thanks to his faithful servant, the Queen managed to escape to Palermo and with the help of the king of Spain was arrested Bernardo.

The other stories were unfolding in the late 19th century, when Frenchman Gaetano Lestrade during his visit to the castle fell in love with the niece of the then owner of Donnafugata Baron Corrado Arezzo. A girl named Clementine reciprocated, and one day the pair escaped. Furious, the Baron made every effort to catch the fugitive before she leaves by ship to France. Fortunately, in the end, all was resolved safely and soon for young sounded wedding bells - Clementine and Gaetano lived happily ever after. Their daughter Clara married count Testasecca, and in turn, the son of Clara - Gaetano Jr. was the last owner of the castle before he became the property of the commune.

A rich Baron Corrado Arezzo was very creative and loved to entertain guests. Traces of this can be seen today in the castle with its stone labyrinth in a large Park, with colorful butterflies painted on a mirror in the main hall and pavilion in the garden. The castle consists of 144 luxuriously appointed rooms, but not all of them are open to tourists. The main hall with its coat of arms reminds of the times of the knights of the chambers of the Bishop, abound with ornaments, and each guest bedroom is furnished in its own style. Each room has at least two entrances - one for owners, one for staff.