I had never thought of Italy as a good place to view medieval history, but the northern landscape is dotted with castles. Some structures lay in ruins, but others, like Fenis Castle, contain much of their original splendor. Preservation efforts have allowed this beauty to survive the centuries despite a period of deterioration. Not only is the castle a remarkable structure, but the panoramic views create a fairy tale setting.
As I write, write, write, book two of the Beyond the Hidden Realm series called The Kingdom of Adeleya, I have found northern Italy to be a great inspiration as I build the Sea Realm in my fictional world.