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


4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Francesco Bressanini (2 years ago)
È un castello ancora abitato, visitabile in alcune aree ed in più location per ricevimenti, matrimoni eccetera.. davvero suggestivo. Ospita spesso mostre di vario genere.
Melina Markaki (2 years ago)
Beautiful place.
Daniele Civatti (2 years ago)
Wonderful location, it can host weddings
Danielle Plank (3 years ago)
If you are looking for the perfect wedding destination - look no further...you have just found it! The most difficult part of wedding planning was actually finding a place to marry. I am from Canada, my husband is from Austria and we live in England. It was going to be a tough choice - in the end, we decided on Italy in the end – the perfect combination between good food & wine and stunning landscapes.  We spent hours doing online research on various wedding venues throughout Italy, but due to our restrictions (size of our wedding being one of them) we were able to limit our list of venues down to 8 venues.  We flew across to Italy one weekend to do a 'roadshow' of these venues.  We started in Venice and travelled north.  Our second venue of the weekend was Castle Ivano in Ivano-fracena.  We met Sabrina, the events coordinator at the castle - she was incredible knowledgeable and she just understood immediately what we were looking for. As most couples do, we had big plans and big expectations and with Sabrina all of these and more were met.  She is so much more than an events coordinator at the castle, she is an organiser, a wedding planner, an idea generator and most importantly, in the end, a very good friend.  I started this review by saying that the most difficult part of wedding planning was finding a place to marry, and the reason for this is clearly is that because after we chose Castle Ivano Sabrina made everything so easy.    My husband and I were able to have the wedding of our dreams at Castle Ivano.  It is a spectacular venue that can suit every budget.  It is a place that has the flexibility that you need to make your day exactly what you want.   It goes without saying that the backdrop and the setting of the castle is unparalleled.  In fact, it is a place from our dreams! We highly recommend this to any couple that are looking to design THEIR day.  This was a huge point for us, we did not want someone else's wedding - we wanted OUR wedding and we were able to get this at Castle Ivano.
Caterina DUCATI (3 years ago)
My favourite castle!
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