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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Address

Largo Papa 17, Lonato, Italy
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Details

Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

More Information

www.roccadilonato.it

Rating

4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Peter Brunner (15 months ago)
Great view
Jennifer B (15 months ago)
Views from the Rocca towards Lake Garda are amazing and the house of the Podesta is a historical jewel well worth visiting.
Igor Karpekin (16 months ago)
Would be a five-star, but there is absolutely nothing inside and... you have to pay for it! But, to be fair, the fortress is kept in very good shape. Great views. Quite interesting exposition of birds, but I can't name these 3 rooms a "museum". There is also a modern building inside, which i assume can be rented for weddings/other events.
Belinda Gold (19 months ago)
Stunning location, excellent food
Ben Carter (3 years ago)
Visited for a friend's wedding and have to say it's an amazing location for a wedding. Beautiful surroundings and the staff were excellent. The food was great and the place looked amazing at night. Big marquee for a large group with a large dancefloor and cocktail bar. It truly was a great day.
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