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Step Inside a Surreal, Dizzying Italian Fortress

Before Count Cesare Mattei built his whimsical mansion in Grizzana Morandi, Italy, he was known for his unique medical treatments. He claimed he could use plants to cure cancer and other ailments. His expansive home, Rochetta Mattei, is a mix of Morrish, Middle Eastern, and Gothic architectural styles. Mattei hoped his mansion would be the headquarters of his medical revolution, but today visitors come to Rochetta Mattei for its hodgepodge of architectural traditions.

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