Bevilacqua Castle

Bevilacqua, Italy

Bevilacqua Castle is considered one of the finest examples of its kind on Veronese territory. It was erected in 1336. Guglielmo Bevilacqua and his son, Francesco, were both commissioned by the Della Scala (Lords of Verona) to erect it. Originally erected for purely military purposes, the castle was damaged during the period of League of Cambrai and lost its strategic importance during the reign of the Venetian Republic.

In 1532 the famous architect Michele Sanmicheli transformed it into a country-house. The castle was burnt by the Austrians in 1848, and its subsequent restoration added the neo-gothic elements to the structure visible today, including the battlements.

During the Second World War it became a German Military outpost, before being handed over to the salesian Fathers up to 1966, the year in which it caught fire once more, before being sold to private investors. Thanks to careful restoration the castle has regained its former splendour and can be visited throughout the year.

Bevilacqua castle is now the backdrop for plays, concerts and suggestive Medieval Pageants such as the Medieval Spring and New Year Festival. It also houses a restaurant and a renowned banqueting hall and conference centre which offers every modern facility in a setting steeped in tradition and history.



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Founded: 1336
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Micilin O'Donaghue (12 months ago)
If I could give the Castello Bevilacqua 10 stars, I would. It way exceeded our expectations. The room was like an 18th century fairytale, with all modern amenities, a super comfortable King size bed and a giant jacuzzi tub. But beyond the magical decor, the hospitality was the best I’ve ever experienced in 30 years of travel. The staff made us feel so special in a really genuine way from the moment we arrived. The restaurant is so good too and if you have a chance, ask them about taking a cooking class with Chef Carlo. Grazie mile to all our Bevilacqua familia.
Duff Watkins (13 months ago)
Tired of the same old eggs at a breakfast buffet? Try these! Made to order and just right.
francesca parillo (2 years ago)
Amazing accommodations, 5 star food and service.
Richele B (2 years ago)
The entrance was breath taking like being in a fairytale. The staff was very nice and escorted you to your room. They gave us a room in one of the towers with an amazing view. The room was bigger than expected and the bathroom was modern and updated. You can roam around the castle, which was fun. Saw a lot of tables and decorations everywhere for a wedding event so we thought there was one going to happen, but never did. So we believe they left the tables and accessories on the area for storage which you have to go around while your walking through the castle which was cumbersome. Alot of old furniture to admire but needs restoration and maintenance. And the baby cribs, it was creepy seeing them lying around the area. It was creepy.
Matteo Griso (2 years ago)
More than a review, this wants to be a thank you to Elena, Renzo and all the staff of the Castle. My wife and I had decided to get married at the Bevilacqua Castle. We live abroad so we needed to delegate as much as possible. With Elena, who was our main interlocutor, we immediately found a great harmony: she took care of everything and, where she couldn't help us, she was able to direct us by giving us excellent contacts (florist and DJ in the first place). On the same day the organization prepared by Elena and all the staff coordinated by Renzo, exceeded our expectations in every aspect. All the guests complimented us and we give 5 stars just because we can't give more! If you are looking for a special place for a special event, go to the Bevilacqua Castle.
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