The Marquis Ferdinando Paniciatichi Ximenes lived from 1813 - 1897. Although he was only an honorary architect, because he never graduated, he is responsible for much of the grand work done to Castle Sammenzzano over a forty year period. He would die before everything was completed, but his daughter saw the rest of the work to completion.
As one can see. It is grandeur upon an unprecedented scale to most of us, living in a normal household. What must it have been like to move about amid such grandeur? There must be an army of servants to keep such a place looking so resplendent and breathtaking.
The Marquis fought with bravery during riots for the Italian national cause in 1848. Much of Northern Italy was governed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He later became the Councillor in Florance.