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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Alvano Grassi (2 years ago)
Io già lo conosco posso solamente dire meraviglioso in un posto meraviglioso merita anche solo per il panorama che offre
Manuel Fasoli (2 years ago)
Magnifico maniero arroccato su uno sperone di roccia con un panorama mozzafiato
Barbara Sacchettini (2 years ago)
Il castello è piccolo ma molto carino. La vista è Fantastica!! Bella anche la passeggiata x arrivarci. Alla portata di tutti anche dei bambini più piccoli. Da vedere
Iwona Plutecka (2 years ago)
Ci siamo andati 3 settimane fa.Per arrivare al castello abbiamo fatto una bella passeggiata nel bosco sentiero pianeggiante di circa 15 min. Castello molto bello con una vista stupenda.Consiglo vivamente.
René Paweleck (3 years ago)
Interesting to have a great view on Lago d'Idro.
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