Ivano castle history dates probably to the late 6th century AD, when Longobards built a fortifications against Franks and Alemans. Later it was extended agains Hungarian invasions. The first recorded document about the castle dates back to 1187 and there is a mention of the Lord of Ivano.

The Castle displays a mixture of architectural styles: the medieval walls, the Renaissance residence and the Benedictine lodge.  From the watch tower you come to a moat and a large gate, followed by the outer courtyard with a fountain and an historical acacia tree from the 16th century.  Next are the large hall of the old barn and the 17th century chapel.  As you go on, you reach the inner courtyard, with two buildings linked by galleries.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Rene Braga (3 months ago)
Suggestionate
Sara Nena (14 months ago)
We have been here for a wedding. The place is magic, and it was raining, I can not immagine how beautiful is with the sun. They made us a quick visit of the castle with the prisons and the winery. I would suggest it for events in general, the view is really nice from here.
Pheng Lo (3 years ago)
This XV castle has been turned into an awesome Bed and Breakfast that has a little chapel and a great deck overlooking the valley below. If you want the grand tour of the castle, you'll have to call ahead.
Arne Örtenholm (3 years ago)
Nice Castle but did not find entrance
Amy Guides by Amy McClain (3 years ago)
What's life like living on the grounds of a castle? Well, when you visit Castel Ivano and the Terre del Lagorai winery housed there, you will quickly discover the intrigue. Pristinely manicured gardens welcome you as you meander up the gravel walking path. Once inside the entrance, enjoy a guided tour of the castle grounds and sip tantalizing wines at a wine tasting. As if there isn't enough in Trentino and Valsugano to entice you, this is a top-notch venue to soak in and savour.
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