The Castle That Stole My Heart.

I’ve already written about how much I love castles, so I thought why not feature a photo of the very first one I ever saw? (Click the photo to enlarge.)

Soriano Nel Cimino

Orsini Castle, set in a small Italian village called Soriano Nel Cimino is located approximately 100 kilometers north of Rome. Lit up at night, it perfectly accentuates the medieval back-drop of this hilly town that rather fortunately doesn’t see many tourists.

When you visiting Soriano, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. WWII air raid sirens still play twice a day in remembrance. Children don old fashioned smocks to attend school. Old ladies mop the alleyways of the narrow streets. Every fall the village puts on a medieval festival that celebrates the chestnut harvest.

I took this photo on my first night in Soriano and I’ll never forget how I felt in that exact moment.

It was surreal taking in the view, staring at the castle, all the while thinking “F*ck, yeah. I’m in Italy!

Tears welled up in my eyes but I was smiling. They were tears of joy!

Then when no one was looking, I fist pumped two-to-three times Jersey Shore style.

I was that happy to be there.

Founder of Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.


  1. That is a gorgeous shot. I love castles, too — would love to see this one. I totally understand that surreal feeling –I’ve had that so often in my travels. And when tears well up in your eyes — that’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

  2. Fantastic shot – and nothing like capturing exactly how you feel. I hope you’ve actually printed this shot – and displayed it so you see it everyday.

  3. Thank you Cathy! It’s these beautiful experiences that makes us want to travel as much as we do. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t feel fortunate at having had these experiences.

  4. Beautiful! No matter how many castles I visit, I just can’t get enough. I love that they still play the air raid sirens as a symbol of remembrance.

  5. Thank you. I love that they still play the sirens too and that it remains little known to tourists. Really gives you a taste of what Italian life was/is like.

  6. Wow, that’s amazing that the WWII air raid sirens still sound twice a day, I can only imagine what a surreal feeling that must instill. Thanks for sharing these pics – they are gorgeous. Really get capturing of lighting. *sigh* Makes me want to visit another castle myself šŸ™‚ So far, I’ve only seen castles in Scotland and Ireland…and of course, Toronto’s very own Casa Loma, though it’s hardly comparable, but pretty impressive considering it’s in such a relatively new city.

  7. The castles here in Europe seem to come in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes. I love it!

    Also a fan of travel photo Thursday … unfortunately did not have time for a post this week but hopefully will for next week.

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