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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Maria Vinogradova (3 years ago)
Очень красиво и интересная история замков
Raj (3 years ago)
Il castello di trova proprio nel angolo della collina, perciò offre un ottima visuale quando il tempo è limpido, ci si riesce a vedere abbastanza in lontano.
Alberto Bidut (3 years ago)
Attualmente in restauro esterno. L'ambientazione allo stereotipo di Romeo e Giulietta é suggestiva. Luogo romantico, ma ancora da valorizzare. Un teatro estivo all'aperto con bar nel castello di Romeo. Un ristorante attrezzato ai matrimoni in quello di Giulietta.
Ernesto Tramontini Jr (3 years ago)
È um castelo que fica em Montechio Maiore acessivel por carro e dista 2.8 km do centro em uma estrada sinuosa de subida de onde se avista a cidade a seus pes. O castelo esta aberto para visitas mas nao conta com um rrstaurante. E uma estrutura com grandes muralhas de pedra e uma torre lateral. Teria inspirado o romance Romeo e Julieta. Em frente a 500 metros esta o outro castelo que tambem esta relacionado ao romance.
aldo catalano (4 years ago)
Salve sono aldo Con mia moglie siamo stati a trovare nostro figlio che abita a Verona . Abbiamo visitato l'arena il centro di Verona i vari negozi e la casa di Romeo e Giulietta. Devo dire bellissimo. Ma siamo stati ha vedere anche i due castelli di Romeo e Giulietta e un vero spettacolo. Lo consiglio ciao a tutti.
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