Lonato Castle

Lonato, Italy

The Lonato medieval castle 'La Rocca' rises on a hill which dominates the southern part of Lake Garda and is one of the most impressive castles in all of Lombardy. Set inland, overlooking the ancient town of Lonato, the Rocca is an imposing structure nearly 180 meters long and 45 meters wide, complete with drawbridge!

Throughout the years and centuries, Lonato del Garda was ruled by various peoples and families who fought each other over the fortified town which had a strategically important defense tower. The fortress belonged to the counts of Montichiari, the Scaliger family, and in 1376 it was the Visconti who expanded the fortified walls to protect the entire town. Today, the medieval Rocca of Lonato houses the town’s ornithology museum, “Gustavo Carlotto”.



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Largo Papa 17, Lonato, Italy
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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Rolf Schillinger (7 months ago)
Very nice surroundings and apparently a really interesting museum inside it. Sadly, we managed to pick the first day of winter schedule for our visit, so the museum was closed. We'll return in spring :)
Kay Ess (10 months ago)
Good for a walk around but expensive to enter. Tickets are 8 euros adult 4 kids. You can park nearby at the the top of Via Fantini. There are views of the lake from the bottom of the ramparts. A good place to begin a visit to the town.
Nina Melnic (11 months ago)
Very well maintained place, with nice panorama around and nice birds exposition in. But not too much to see if you're interested in more historical pieces of art... as well I saw there is possible to celebrate festivities.
Stian van der Meeren (2 years ago)
Amazing place! Such a beautiful place to host a wedding aswell
Richard Peake (2 years ago)
A beautiful venue for a wedding. Amazing views of the surrounding countryside and of course the Lake. The main reception hall is air-conditioned
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