Bellaguardia and della Villa Castles

Montecchio Maggiore, Italy

The castles of Bellaguardia and della Villa look at each other on Montecchio Maggiore hill. They are also known as Romeo and Juliet's castles, the two unlucky passionate lovers whose legend was narrated by the count Luigi Da Porto. He was from Vicenza, vicar in Arzignano, town fortifications strategist, poet and author of the novel earlier known as La Giulietta which was reprised in the early 16th century by authors of different nationalities to become at last William Shakespeare's famous masterpiece.

Although the hill fortification has older origins, the first news on the two castles' origin dates back to 14th century: they are mentioned in the peace treaty stipulated by Mastino II della Scala in 1339 at the end of the Venetian-Scaliger war.

The current castles had been built by Cangrande II., Lord of Verona, since 1354. They were destroyed by bombards by Bartolomeo d'Aviano during the War of the League of Cambrai in 1514.

Purchased in 1742 by the the municipality of Montecchio Maggiore, after various restoration works and environmental improvement, the two castles are nowadays used for recreational activities. Juliet castle is used as a restaurant with a spectacular roof terrace, whereas Romeo castle is used for performances and cultural activities.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Gregory Veazey (4 months ago)
Quiet that day as preparing for Miss Giulietta contest.
Kathryn Gosciewski (5 months ago)
Review Is for the degustazione di gnocchi that the restaurant has . Six different gnocchi dishes with traditional and seasonal sauces. Before the event you could enjoy an aperitivo along the medieval walls. Such a fun and alternative Thursday night:)
Gabi Trickett (7 months ago)
Absolutely lovely food & service!!!
Happy Singh (13 months ago)
Service are good But thear is no good for eating
Stasa Djordjevic (2 years ago)
Beautiful experience! If you are looking for a piece and some time in the nature you should definitely visit this castle! When we were visiting there was literally just one more person. We had all the castle for ourselves to enjoy the beautiful view from its top. Unfortunately the restaurant wasn’t open at that moment but we would love to come back to check it out!
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