Lustful legends at the Toblino Castle

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The Toblino Castle is located on a romantic and picturesque peninsula on the lake of the same name, in the province of Trento. Its crenellated walls and towers make it a unique sight, and one of the most well-known and beloved places in the Alps.

The building likely dates back to the 11th century, and belonged to the lords of Toblino, the da Campo and Madruzzo families, until it merged into the properties of the Wolkenstein family in the 1600s.

Benito Mussolini picked it as the set of his historical novel “The Cardinal’s Mistress. Claudia Particella”, which the future dictator wrote while serving as secretary of the Socialist Federation in Forlì and published in installments, on the daily Trento newspaper “Il Popolo” under editor-in-chief Cesare Battisti.

Mussolini actually structured the book’s plot around a legend of literary origin, according to which courtesan Claudia Particella and Carlo Emanuele Madruzzo, bishop of Trento from 1629 to 1658, had an affair.

Their ghosts, however, have left no trace of their sinful lust in this beautiful, historical building.

February 7, 2019