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The castle consists of a main building with in the shape of ‘L’, whose outer sides facing respectively the square known as the Immaculate Conception and along the access road to the village. In some environments this floor are decorations made with fresco technique due at the time of construction of the building, in some cases have been covered with new decorations later (XIX century) by subsequent owners Torlonia. The band decorated with the oldest frescoes located in the upper part of the walls of a room on the main floor, we find in some boxes, depictions of ancient landscapes and buildings that are a testimony to the state of the surrounding area at the time worked artists decorators. These intersting murals are not in excellent condition, would therefore require a restoration.
The main building is partially based directly on the tuff hill and partly on a mixed masonry structure in time.
From such an environment formed by this structure partially underground leads directly up to the street level next to the main door of access to the town, by means of a spiral staircase partially excavated in the tuff. The portion of the garden and all the upper floors, the floors are wooden with drawers decorated in good condition. The floors are connected by a staircase leading to a square and two other scales of service. The roof structure is made of wood trusses and the roof covering is made up of Roman tiles. The floors are tiled, except for most of those on the ground floor at garden level that is in majolica decorated with geometric motifs.
The roof garden adjoining the palace that overlooks the valley, from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the surrounding countryside, was created by the Torlonia demolishing many buildings were part of the living fabric of the village.
It still retains its original design in the late nineteenth century where ground driveways land along the borders of flower beds bordered by irises. There are trees consist of plants typical of the Mediterranean flora Quercus ilex, Laurus Nobilis, Pinus pinea, Arbutus unedo, Date palms and a small collection of citrus fruit grown both in pots in the ground, which is located in part of the garden close of the main building and thereby protected from winds and low temperatures.
The main building, the adjoining building called “Limonaia” (Orangery) and the other buildings are of relevance in conjunction with the garden and the walls, a complex of great artistic, historical and landscape that has been subjected to the constraint of the law 1089 in March 1992.
Don Alexander is still present: he says the plaque on the door of access to the town and his name ALEXANDER TORLONIA engraved on the main floor of the building.

Notes from “Ceri a village, a story” – “Ceri un borgo, una storia” by P.Balbino 1992-1993

Ceri December 20, 1995

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