The castle of Arcano di Sopra

A stop in the middle of the Friuli countryside

The castle of Arcano di Sopra during the #italiagrandsketchingtour.

While continuing my tour I took an improvised detour toward the Castle of Arcano di Sopra, based on my view of the brown sign that indicated the heritage sites and a curiosity regarding the name. Arcano in Italian means mysterious and it sounded so interesting to discover if there was anything true.

Once in front of the castle I was mesmerized by the feeling of the jump in the past, as it is often happening during this trip. The castle is a medieval construction that includes the hamlet within its walls and nowadays it is transformed in a place to visit for some great wine tasting. Today it is closed, but the relaxed atmosphere was perfect for sketching. I was surprised by the result so near to a cartoon, following the roundness of the hills on which the castle is built.

I discovered that the name is based on the name of the family of the owners: Tricano, from the three back dogs (cani) on the coat of arms. But my taste for mystery was not left unsatisfied. When they restored the castle in the 20th Century, a body of a stabbed woman was found and it appears to be the wife of the Count Francesco that disappeared mysteriously in the 1635, shortly after the marriage.

Painting of The castle of Arcano di Sopra

Title of the painting ‘The castle of Arcano di Sopra’

This is a painting from the Italia Grand Sketching Tour Collection, a series of original ink and watercolor paintings done on location during my tour to discovery the  marvelous Italian heritage. All paintings are also available as numbered and originally signed prints.

The painting is also featured in the book about my motorbike Italian tour. By acquiring this work you will get to know better Italy also thanks to a personalized story about this place that I will include in the package.

Painting information:

  • Watercolor and ink on white paper
  • Size 19 x 28.5 cm (7.5 x 11.2 inches)
  • Shipped in a box
  • Certificate of authenticity will be sent with the painting

Prints information:

  • Printed on white watercolor paper, numbered 1 to 50 and signed
  • Size 21 x 29.7 cm (8.3 x 11.7 inches)
  • Shipped in a box
  • Certificate of authenticity will be sent with the print
The castle of Arcano di Sopra

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