Toblino Castle

Calavino, Italy

Toblino is one of the most famous castles in Trentino. It owes its fame to a unique location and the beautiful environment that surrounds it, but also to the many dark legends that found a fertile ground to originate and grow in that park and among those walls. The structure is built on a small peninsula of Lake Toblino.

Since the 1100s the castle was owned by the vassals of Prince Bishop of Trento, but has changed hands several times. In 1848 it was besieged by the volunteer corps of Lombardian army.

The present appearance of Toblino castle, that is now an elegant restaurant, is the result of a reconstruction ordered by Bernardo Cles in the 16th century.



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


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Anatolij Demidov (2 years ago)
Pretty nice place to try, really good castle atmospheare and service was in the good condition, but i cannot reccomend that restaurant like a gourmet expirience...i’we seen a lot of comments about great food and decided to come here for a far. I was really dissapointed about gastronomical expierince was tasteless, vedgis owercooced/fryed some dishes was prepered before and sauces seens a bit dryed.In whole menu there was not all.Duck tortelli was maybe best dish of menu. This is so far a way from delicious an gourmet food. Good wine card, such a low prices, good service, food should be a more better for that kind of place... E-X Chef
Alexandre P M (2 years ago)
Great place! Located on a medieval castle, overlooking the Toblino Lake. Beautiful views. The restaurant is incredible. One of the best meals I've had in Italy. Excellent wine list, with some aged wines at a very reasonable price. Definetely worth going.
Neil Murphy (3 years ago)
A beautiful place to have lunch and a little prosecco. Haven't had dinner in the castle, so can't comment on the restaurant. But the cafe next to the lake is really nice. Food is basic lunch fare but nice and reasonably priced.
siripa jungsawat (3 years ago)
Really delicious food. Food is special and taste really good. Very nice environment and good service. Price is in line with the food. Glad we had dinner here. Caprese Salad is very special and delicious. Ravioli with duck & truffle and melon soup dessert are very good.
Rose Bishop (3 years ago)
I really enjoyed my night at Castel Toblino. Firstly the castle and lake are beautiful and a very romantic setting. The food was outstanding! It was delicious! The attention to detail, the consideration of the story it tells and the artistic beauty were perfect! Every part of the dish was important and beautiful! The sommelier, Leo, is an expert! His passion and understanding of wine is exceptional! Every dish with it's accompanying wine was a surprise and a delight! Leo guides you through the meal so you experience the magic of the food, the wine, the castle, the region and his knowledge! I would definitely recommend this incredible experience! I look forward to returning for another season and all the culinary adventures it promises! Thank you!
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