San Giovanni Castle

Bondone, Italy

San Giovanni Castle, located on a high rock spur near Bondone, has a breathtaking panorama. It was first mentioned in 1086 and formally in 1189. In the 15th century the castle was occupied by Milanese troops. The abandoned and decayed castle was bought by entrepreneur Milan Luigi Cavalli in 1956 who began a renovation to turn it into a private residence. Today it can be visited.


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Via Lago 29, Bondone, Italy
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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Francesca Scalmazzi (10 months ago)
Beautiful castle, accessed on foot with a 20-minute walk (1 km) along a forest road, breathtaking views of Lake Idro and the Valle del Chiese with all its countryside. Inside the castle there is an exhibition on the Anthropocene, you can see the botanical garden with its various species and there is the preparation of a Carbonaia, used for the production of coal in the Borgo di Bondone. Admission is free, from 1 June to 31 October 2022, from 9 to 18 Coordinated by the staff and the caretakers, thanks to the Municipality that puts a lot of passion to keep a historic place open in a clean and free way
D. U. (13 months ago)
It was not open when we came here on 29 May 2022. Very disappointing.
miroslav hajek (2 years ago)
beautiful and quiet place with wonderful views
Michal Uherek (2 years ago)
Beautiful view, free of charge and one can drive by a car there! (Narrow forest road, but perfectly doable on a dry day). I do not think they serve anything, but that might be due to corona.
Monica Cervi (2 years ago)
Its position on a spur of rock overlooking Lake Idro is very beautiful and fascinating. Too bad that after the walk to get there (poorly signposted: if you arrive from the parking lot and from the road, always keep to the right even at the second fork) there is only the courtyard and the landscape to see. Everything else is closed. It is not worth the climb, better to admire it from below
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