My next page for the Sketchbook Project 2012 is not a particularly secret place but it holds many secrets.
I love to visit creepy old castles, I'm really hoping to find a ghost! This is Castello di Carini and when I read about it's secrets I just had to go and have a look.
The castle is high up on a hill surrounded by the town of Carini and once was the home of Donna Laura Lanza, the beautiful wife of the Baron of Carini. She married young into a loveless marriage, in 1563 her husband found Laura with her lover Ludovico.
The Baron immediately summoned Laura's father and in the middle of the night the castle was surrounded. Laura was killed by her father to defend the family's honour and Ludvico was murdered by the Baron, putting a tragic end to the prohibited love.
According to the legend the dying lovers tried to reach each other and in doing so Laura leant on the wall for support leaving a handprint in blood!
I was disappointed to find that the handprint had been painted on with new gloss paint so that was a let down. But the story is good and of course Laura's ghost still wanders around the castle!
It was still an interesting place to visit, we were left to wander around alone, getting lost in all the beautiful rooms.
Alas we saw no ghosts