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T he Little Castle (Castelletto) is the most ancient part of the whole complex along with the Romanesque House, dating between the eleventh and the twelfth century. The building is formed of a tower and two large rooms, set on different levels. On the first floor is the Sala della Colonna (Column Room), furnished with tables and sideboards of the late fifteenth century coming from northern Italy and a nice wooden fireplace coming from Venice. In an adjoining room there’s a private “studiolo” (small study), enriched by a Siena brocade fabric hanging on the walls. Some massive bridal chests from the early fifteenth century and a Venetian eighteenth century lute embellish the interior.

On the second floor, the so-called Sala del Castelletto (Small Castle Room) with its religious paintings and sculptures of the fifteenth century evokes a medieval atmosphere. In the next room a second studiolo features a “boiserie” from Val Pusteria (South Tyrol) and fourteenth century furniture in German style.