Aug 12, 2014

Travel Tuesday // Castello di Amorosa

The day after our biking adventure through San Francisco's bay area, we took a day trip over to the Napa Valley and visited Castello di Amorosa, translated as the Castle of Love. I had to continuously remind myself that I was not in a real castle and opened to the public less than ten years ago. Complete with a moat, defensive towers, a drawbridge, interior courtyard, chapel, knights's chamber, and a great hall, Castello di Amorosa is a sight to see. Old world crafting techniques and authentic antiques as well as replicas that would match the 12th to 13th century architecture (1). 

Functioning as a tourist site as well as winery within Napa Valley, the price to enter is pretty reasonable: $20 for a self-guided tour (does not include a few part of the castle) and five wine tastings, $35 for the guided tour and 5 wine tastings, and $10 for the underage self-guided tour with the grape juice (which funny enough, was my favorite tasting!). Check out the site for more info. If you are in Napa Valley, do not miss this masterpiece! You'll feel like you've stepped into through a looking glass into a medieval land in a foreign land. 
 
 My souvenir from the trip, the deliciously sweet muscato grape juice

Missed the first part of our California adventure?

Biking through San Fran bay area [ part one, two, three ]

17 comments:

  1. The castle looks like an intriguing place to visit! I thoroughly enjoyed the photos.

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    1. Thanks, Bethany! Yes, it really was SO intriguing!! We felt like we stepped into another time era. I was amazed at the detail and work that went into creating the castle!

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  2. Beautiful photos! It looks like a lovely day trip from the city :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, we really did have a lovely day trip! It's nice to escape the big city for a bit :)

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  3. Wow! Is it weird that I've always wanted to go to Napa since I saw the Parent Trap? I know I'm a walking cliche! But seriously it looks even more beautiful than I ever imagined! And that castle - the interior looks like one of those beautiful building in Tuscany! And I do love me a nice wine tasting :)

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    1. haha, I've heard someone else mention the Parent Trap. I haven't seen that movie in ages, so it makes sense that I do not remember Napa Valley making a cameo! Yes! It looks so italian! It was so fun to explore!

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  4. Gotta love a good vineyard tour and wine tasting! =)

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    1. Oh, you know it!!! I am not into wines, but they had some really sweet ones that were delicious! But my favorite was the muscat (fancy way of saying grape juice, haha!)

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  5. Wow, this Napa looks amazing. And your photographs are great. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. thanks for visiting! It was the scenery more than my photographic skills that made the photos great. I think it is probably impossible NOT to take a good picture when surrounded by such beauty!

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  6. I can't believe I missed that place when we were in Napa! It's amazing. I guess I will just have to go back ;)

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    1. Yes, Amy, it is a MUST! That means you'll have to find a way to return! :-)

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  7. Wow what an incredible place! Gorgeous photographs. I looooove wine tours and tastings :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Jessi! This was my first wine tasting, so it was pretty awesome that it was in a castle (even if the castle was not truly authentic).

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  8. It looks really pretty, So hope I can make it there someday!

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    1. You should, Diana! It is such a beautiful place to experience!!

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  9. Wow, what beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for visiting, Elle, and for sharing such fantastic photos from your trip! We're so glad you had such a great time! Cheers from all of us at the Castello! :)

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