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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Trent Adams (12 months ago)
Quaint spot with good food.
Boris Veljovic (2 years ago)
Beautiful place. Should be visited.
Kirk Anton || Heat Transfer Warehouse (2 years ago)
Amazing place for a event.
Randall Jackson (2 years ago)
One of my favorite day trips from Vicenza. The Giulietta castle has a café with snacks in the courtyard and the climb to the top is super easy, compared to the Romeo castle with 4 flights of stairs. Limited parking, but each time we've been there has been enough.
G Buford (2 years ago)
Lovely little find, romantic and historic. The staff are friendly speak English and engaging. The food is well prepared and tasty.
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