Castello di Bornato

castello di bornato
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castello di bornato

A very rare example of a Renaissance villa built inside a medieval castle. This is the Castello di Bornato and the Villa Orlando which, in a panoramic position, dominates the gentle hills of Franciacorta, renowned all over the world for the excellence of the wine production. Owned by the Orlando family since 1930 is still inhabited today by the family that shares with the guests the magic of these walls. Formerly it was a Roman stronghold erected to guard the consular road that united Bergamo to Brescia, today still present as the central core of the castle. It was then enlarged with a circle of 300 meters of crenellated walls, with towers and buttresses, ditches and drawbridge, still visible today. The villa was built inside the walls in the 1564 by the Gandini family heir of the Bornati, with frescoed and furnished rooms, a staircase and rooms with coffered ceilings, all beautifully preserved. The park that surrounds the villa inside the walls offers an Italian garden to the south and a landscaped garden to the north with numerous centuries-old plants. Under the main tower of the castle there are the ancient cellars where for 700 years the wine of the Bornato Castle has been produced. At the end of the guided tour guests will be able to taste it.

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