Villa Biondelli Wine & Suites

AGRIRELAIS IN franciacorta wine district

Villa Biondelli is a beautiful Italian estate dating from the 18th century located in the heart of the Franciacorta wine region, a few minutes from Lake Iseo, offering a timeless atmosphere, ideal for rest and relaxation. A perfect destination for nature lovers, Villa Biondelli is surrounded by a pristine park of 2 hectares and Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards that produce the finest Biondelli wines. Recently renovated to the highest standards in order to enhance its charm and timeless atmosphere, Villa Biondelli is now ready to be discovered by all those who appreciate fine wines, decor and interiors. 

Since the 1940s Villa Biondelli has been chosen by Ambassador Giuseppe Biondelli of Piacenza and his wife Clementina of the Counts Maggi di Gradella as a summer residence for themselves and their descendants. Finally in Spring 2018, after a meticulous and respectful renovation, Villa Biondelli opened its doors to the public, now well equipped with state of the art facilities, to grant every guest who steps within its grounds the chance to lose track of time, to experience a dreamlike atmosphere of a bygone era with all modern comforts, as well as the opportunity to breathe the spirit in which the adventure of the Biondelli Cellars was born.


 
 
 
 
 
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The Genie of the Lamp

the fairy tale in the fairy tale

During the Second World War, due to the air raids on Milan, the villa became home to the production of one of the first animated feature films of the history of cinema. Also dubbed in English and released on foreign markets with the title The Singing Princess, it was inspired from the story of the Genie of the Lamp about fifty years before the production of Aladdin animated movie by Walt Disney Pictures, which was derived, just as The Singing Princess from the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights.

 
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Eighteen century Villa a stone’s throw away from Iseo Lake   Villa Biondelli has eleven tastefully decorated rooms, all in haute bohemian style with a blend of authentic vintage furniture and contemporary design. Our suites have a stunning view over the private park or the vineyards surrounding the estate. Every detail, every piece of furniture and every part of the interior design has therefore been chosen with utmost care for you to have an authentic winery experience.

Eighteen century Villa a stone’s throw away from Iseo Lake

Villa Biondelli has eleven tastefully decorated rooms, all in haute bohemian style with a blend of authentic vintage furniture and contemporary design. Our suites have a stunning view over the private park or the vineyards surrounding the estate. Every detail, every piece of furniture and every part of the interior design has therefore been chosen with utmost care for you to have an authentic winery experience.

 
 
Once Upon a Time at Villa Biondelli   The aristocratic elegant interiors are thus a mix between the original antique furnishing of the villa, with a bit of a bohemian ethnic twist, chosen specifically to honour such film after almost eighty years from its making.  A selection of the authentic watercolours and drawings have been used as core inspiration for the refurbishment of the resort whilst two shutters painted by the creators of the movie have been preserved as memoires of the production.

Once Upon a Time at Villa Biondelli

The aristocratic elegant interiors are thus a mix between the original antique furnishing of the villa, with a bit of a bohemian ethnic twist, chosen specifically to honour such film after almost eighty years from its making.

A selection of the authentic watercolours and drawings have been used as core inspiration for the refurbishment of the resort whilst two shutters painted by the creators of the movie have been preserved as memoires of the production.

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Contemporary Bohémien Interiors   We offer our guests an elegant and personal winery hotel experience, surrounded by beautiful nature, in a unique estate full of history, original frescoes and marvellous interior decor – everything provided within the utmost care and attention to detail.  The entire refurbishment has been accomplished with the priceless help of local artisans and craftsmen, trying our best to reduce our impact on the planet by, for example, reclaiming terracotta and marble floors, to reduce our overall footprint on the local land so vital and precious for our wine making tradition.

Contemporary Bohémien Interiors

We offer our guests an elegant and personal winery hotel experience, surrounded by beautiful nature, in a unique estate full of history, original frescoes and marvellous interior decor – everything provided within the utmost care and attention to detail.

The entire refurbishment has been accomplished with the priceless help of local artisans and craftsmen, trying our best to reduce our impact on the planet by, for example, reclaiming terracotta and marble floors, to reduce our overall footprint on the local land so vital and precious for our wine making tradition.

Home away from home   In the heart of the wine region of Franciacorta, a few minutes away from  Lake Iseo , Villa Biondelli offers a timeless atmosphere ideal for rest and relaxation. You can do as much or as little as you like enjoying the fresh countryside air as you wonder around our beautiful park bound as site belonging to the Italian heritage.  We want to leave you with the greatest memories of our wine district, hosted by the very owners and wine makers, in a cozy atmosphere ready to make you feel like you never left your own home.

Home away from home

In the heart of the wine region of Franciacorta, a few minutes away from Lake Iseo, Villa Biondelli offers a timeless atmosphere ideal for rest and relaxation. You can do as much or as little as you like enjoying the fresh countryside air as you wonder around our beautiful park bound as site belonging to the Italian heritage.

We want to leave you with the greatest memories of our wine district, hosted by the very owners and wine makers, in a cozy atmosphere ready to make you feel like you never left your own home.

 
 
 
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Agrirelais in Franciacorta

Villa Biondelli is an evocative place where time has stopped. It is equipped with generously spacious suites, recently updated to ensure maximum comfort, yet maintaining the authentic atmosphere of an eighteenth-century aristocratic villa. An ideal destination for lovers of good food of organic wines and high quality products, Villa Biondelli is surrounded by hectares of private park, part of the Italian Cultural Heritage, michelin starred restaurants and typical trattorias.


 
 
All seasonal products, 100% Organic   Villa Biondelli has opened to its guests at the beginning of spring 2018. It is our commitment to try to fulfil any desire or request so to make your stay unforgettable. if you book through our website, a bottle of our fine  organic   Franciacorta  will be offered to you as  complimentary  beverage upon arrival.  We collaborate with local chefs who each morning will prepare your breakfast in order to provide you with a widespread choice of daily baked croissants, local products for you to taste, organic fruit and vegetables, fresh eggs and yogurts from local farms, all   Km 0.

All seasonal products, 100% Organic

Villa Biondelli has opened to its guests at the beginning of spring 2018. It is our commitment to try to fulfil any desire or request so to make your stay unforgettable. if you book through our website, a bottle of our fine organic Franciacorta will be offered to you as complimentary beverage upon arrival.

We collaborate with local chefs who each morning will prepare your breakfast in order to provide you with a widespread choice of daily baked croissants, local products for you to taste, organic fruit and vegetables, fresh eggs and yogurts from local farms, all Km 0.

We care about our land   The  eco-friendly  commitment of Cantine and Villa Biondelli is based on the production of organic wines and the respect for our land which we cultivate without chemicals or pesticides.  Such approach was also implemented in the refurbishment of the aristocratic dwelling, which was executed according to the respect of the environment by using  sustainable  materials, as well as handcrafted linen and textiles.

We care about our land

The eco-friendly commitment of Cantine and Villa Biondelli is based on the production of organic wines and the respect for our land which we cultivate without chemicals or pesticides.

Such approach was also implemented in the refurbishment of the aristocratic dwelling, which was executed according to the respect of the environment by using sustainable materials, as well as handcrafted linen and textiles.

 
 
Custom Wine Tastings   Villa Biondelli does not have an in-house chef, thus we collaborate with freelance cooks who to organise custom private wine tastings for groups, to make each wine and food experience truly unique.  We focus on a  seasonal  cuisine. All our selection of food will, therefore, change throughout the year. This is because we care about our guests and their health as much as we care about the environment, its products, and the impact we leave behind us.

Custom Wine Tastings

Villa Biondelli does not have an in-house chef, thus we collaborate with freelance cooks who to organise custom private wine tastings for groups, to make each wine and food experience truly unique.

We focus on a seasonal cuisine. All our selection of food will, therefore, change throughout the year. This is because we care about our guests and their health as much as we care about the environment, its products, and the impact we leave behind us.

Outdoor Lounge for an Aperitivo with the view   Every evening from 6pm an  aperitivo  will be served in each area of our grounds, may it be in the park, in your room, or maybe in one of our  salotti . You will be able to taste a  tagliere  of local products and cheese from nearby farms as well as a selection of fresh breads and breadsticks daily baked by our staff..  Villa Biondelli is a delightful place to come and discover especially suitable for the appreciators of top quality  organic  wines!

Outdoor Lounge for an Aperitivo with the view

Every evening from 6pm an aperitivo will be served in each area of our grounds, may it be in the park, in your room, or maybe in one of our salotti. You will be able to taste a tagliere of local products and cheese from nearby farms as well as a selection of fresh breads and breadsticks daily baked by our staff..

Villa Biondelli is a delightful place to come and discover especially suitable for the appreciators of top quality organic wines!

 
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Restaurants in the Area

 
 
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le due colombe ~ one michelin star

{4,5 km}

Franciacorta inside an ancient hamlet recently restored, awarded One Michelin Star since 2008. The enviroment, atmosphere and the menù they all have the same central idea: the union between tradition and modernity. Chef Stefano Cerveni gastronomic proposal includes traditional Franciacorta and family recepies together with modern and creative inspirations. 

“I would like the passion, the dedication and the commitment I put into my work to be tangible ingredients for the customers. I would like our guests to enjoy the pleasure of our food in a relaxed enviroment where they can feel like at home among friends but with professional staff at their service and the guarantee of absolute excellence of raw material used in our kitchen”.

Chef Stefano Cerveni

 
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RISTORANTE AI FRATI

{26 km}

La Differenza, l'Innovazione. In questo contesto caldo, accogliente e caratteristico la nostra missione è quella di trasmettere nei piatti Il sapere e sapori della tradizione rivisitati dallo Chef Giorgio Arrighini. Grazie alla passione ed esperienza propone piatti curati dai gusti delicati. La continua ricerca di innovazione si traduce anche nella realizzazione di una deliziosa pasticceria artigianale a cura del Pastry Chef Massimo Gazzani.

“ Proponiamo una cucina di lago dove troverete tutta la tradizione, il pescato del nostro lago e gli essicati garantiti dal presidio Slow Food. Con la consueta attenzione offriamo il miglior pescato dei mari garantendo freschezza giornaliera ed accurata preparazione per esaltarne la qualità. La stretta vicinanza con la Valle Camonica ci offre la possibilità do proporvi carni e formaggi di altissima qualità e genuinità a Kilometro zero”.

Chef Giorgio Arrighini

 
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Osteria della Villetta

{15 km}

La cucina dell'osteria  è ispirata alle ricette tradizionali della nostra famiglia. I piatti si basano sulla stagionalità dei prodotti. La maggior parte delle verdure provengono dall'orto di proprietà ubicato sulle colline della Franciacorta o dalla cascina delle Ventighe, che si trova nel nostro quartiere.

La nostra cucina si incontra anche con i prodotti dei presidi Slow Food. Il pesce che serviamo proviene unicamente dai laghi Bresciani. La carne da macellerie Bresciane. I dolci sono tutti di nostra produzione. Per noi è di particolare valore il gelato LOVE DIFFERENCE nato da un idea di Micheangelo Pistoletto.

“Da quattro generazioni la mia famiglia si dedica a questo appassionate lavoro che io e mia moglie abbiamo voluto continuare. L’Osteria rappresenta le mie origini, perché è il luogo dove sono nato, ma è soprattutto una concreta testimonianza di storia, di cultura, di tradizioni che sento il dovere di conservare e perpetuare. Quella storia, quelle tradizioni, quella cultura si traducono per noi nei valori dell’accoglienza, della convivialità, della socialità”.

Maurizio e Grazia

 
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RISTORANTE PALAFRENO

{50 mt}

Una cucina basata innanzitutto sulla preparazione
quotidiana di pane,focacce e grissini fatti a mano,pasta fresca e materie prime legate al territorio,che danno origine a piatti semplici ma curati con sapori armonici e ben definiti.
Piatti delicati nella loro genuinità, carni, verdure, profumi scelti ad uno ad uno dallo Chef…..ogni giorno.

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Da Nadia ~ one michelin star

{7,5 km}

Elevata la soddisfazione per le papille gustative, alta l’eccellenza degli alimenti, una vera e propria celebrazione dei cinque sensi, immersi in un’atmosfera elegante e rilassante. Ogni piatto ha una sua armonia, un suo modo di fondere profumi, colori e gusti peculiari; la loro esaltazione è accompagnata da deliziosi cocktails a base di frutta di stagione.

Ritorno alla semplicità osannata da chi predilige la forza e la qualità del pescato, connubio tra i delicati sapori della tradizione romagnola e molisana, la cucina di Nadia è inconfondibile, elegante, genuina, curata sia negli ingredienti che nella forma. Nel 2012 il ristorante ha ottenuto il meritato riconoscimento Michelin, grazie alla tenacia e caparbietà di Nadia, essenza del locale, nonchè creatrice indiscussa di tutto ciò che propone. 

 
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cadebasi

{7,5 km}

Moderna idea di concept restaurant, nel cuore della Franciacorta. Ristorante, mixologist bar, enoteca, Cadebasi sin dall’inizio vuole offrire un nuovo concetto di ristorazione. Ristorante Cocktail Bar con un menu all’avanguardia in continua evoluzione, sai sapori raffinati in un connubio fra tradizione e sapori etnici, mescolati con grande eleganza ed armonia.

 
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san francesco ai cappuccini

{11 km}

The quality of the San Francesco kitchen, overlooking the cloister of the convent, is characterized by an unstoppable and constant research that combines local gastronomic traditions, creativity and the most innovative techniques, always focusing attention on the delicate balance between ancient and contemporary.

The recipes of the past come alive in the flavors of the dishes created by our Chef Piercarlo Zanotti and his brigade: Chiara, Davide, Francesco, Maurizio and Charlotte. The choice of raw materials used is rigorous and has led to greater emphasis on local products. Whether it's a business lunch, a romantic dinner, or a lunch with friends, the San Francesco kitchen will offer you incredible tastes enclosed in elegant, fragrant dishes, in a perfect combination of research and tradition, between freshness and essentiality, up to obtain a deep harmony and identity of new and narrated flavors, colors, aromas and shapes.

The restaurant offers a cuisine that enhances and disseminates the products of the earth. With the precious herbs of the garden and the good things of the orchard of the house, the ancient recipes are made.

 
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BOHEM la stazione bistrot

{15 km}

Boutique di fiori nonchè caffetteria e confetteria inaugurata nel vecchio fabbricato viaggiatori della stazione paraticese.

L’immobile era in disuso da anni: la linea Palazzolo Paratico è ferma dal 1999 per il trasporto merci, dagli anni ’60 per il trasporto persone. E neanche dopo un anno di attività, il locale-360 metri quadri di superficie- finisce fra le destinazioni top del turismo di tutto il mondo. Monocle ha premiato Bohem con il titolo di «strongest station revival». Tradotto: la trasformazione più convincente di una vecchia stazione. E, giusto per intenderci, nella lista compilata dalla rivista inglese compare il Rooms Hotel di Tbilisi, in Georgia, selezionato come «top place to stay 2018», Scarfes bar, a Londra, alias il migliore bar dove sorseggiare cocktail, il ristorante dell’albergo Conrad Osaka, in Giappone, premiato per la vista mozzafiato, ma anche il residence The slow, a Bali. Insomma: in mezzo a cotanto lusso, il Sebino.

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il priore 1983

{3 km}

Il ristorante Il Priore è immerso nei vigneti e nel verde della Franciacorta. E’ costituito da due sale, ampie e luminose, in cui è esposta una piccola collezione di opere d’arte del ‘900. La cucina alterna innovazione e tradizione, in un percorso culinario dominato dai sapori del mare e dalla scelta di materie prima di alta qualità. Notevole il fresco portico con vista panoramica, ideale per un pranzo nelle tiepide giornate primaverili o nelle calde serate estive.

Un portico si apre su un panorama mozzafiato diventando lo scenario perfetto per cene romantiche e fresche in estate e piene di brio in primavera. Quando un leggero vento comincia a soffiare e si scopre, in comunione con la natura e la buona cucina, tutto il buono della terra e degli antichi profumi.

 
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trattoria del gallo

{5 km}

I sapori di una volta, le vere tradizioni del posto, la cordialità dell’oste sempre pronto a scambiare quattro chiacchiere con il cliente, per condurlo all’interno di quanto la Franciacorta possa offrire: terra non solo di vini, ma anche di carni selezionate, piatti semplici e saporiti, arte e cultura. 

Questa, in sintesi, è la “Trattoria del Gallo”, uno dei locali storici per eccellenza dell’entroterra franciacortino, che nella cittadina di Rovato, ai piedi del Monte Orfano, trova una delle sue capitali.Tutto “al Gallo” racconta la storia della cucina bresciana e in particolare, dell’ovest della provincia, noto per la bontà e genuinità delle sue carni.

Entrare “al Gallo” è sempre un’esperienza emozionante, a volte intrigante.

 
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Villa Calini Restaurant

{13 km}

Alessandro Cappotto food emotion: home made is the restaurant’s core concept. From bread sticks and pastry to the most renowned recipes, everything is homemade and comes directly from the expert hands of Chef Alessandro Cappotto and his kitchen staff.

Nature and genuineness of local ingredients are the key features of Chef Cappotto’s winning formula to create, day after day and season after season, a pure, authentic and zero-Km oriented Mediterranean cooking, according to the modern meaning of the “real farm-to-table” philosophy. A reconsideration of what is essential, a philosophy involving the use of natural products of our vegetable garden and other ingredients strictly selected from the local area.

Cooking as a way of living, a path embracing taste and pleasure in all their dimensions. Come and visit usto taste our dishes: our menu also includes solutions suitable for people suffering from celiac disease and other intolerances.

 
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locanda canogola monte isola

{19 km}

La nostra cucina è a base di pesce di lago e di prodotti nostrani. L’antipasto comprende il tipico salame di Monteisola, i nostri sottoli, i filetti di pesce marinato, la trota ed il luccio in salsa, le aoline marinate, la classica sardina secca con la polenta..
I primi piatti comprendono gnocchi di zucca e ravioli, mentre per i secondi proponiamo la grigliata di pesce di lago cotta sulla brace di legna ed i ifletti di pesce persico dorati.
Per concludere in dolcezza: lamponi caldi con il gelato e crostate fatte in casa.


Per gli orari di imbarco potete contattarci o visitare il sito www.navigazionelagoiseo.it

 

Things to do Nearby

 
 
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Lake ISEO

{9 km}

Lake Iseo is the fourth largest lake in Lombardy, Italy, and is home to the largest in-lake island of Europe: Monte Isola, recently nominated the third “European Best Destination 2019”. Monte Isola can be reached through a network of ferry connection with regular schedules. Driving restrictions are currently enforced, with mopeds and bicycles only allowed on the island. An extensive grid of dedicated bike lanes and hiking trails span all over the island, reaching the peaceful fishing villages with lakeside cafés and the Madonna della Ceriola chapel, nested near the summit of the island. A circular trail of almost 9 km (6 mi) allows a complete tour of Monte Isola.

 
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motolake tour franciacorta

Franciacorta is a land of endless emotions, an unconventional way to discover the wonders of Franciacorta is definitely to rent you own vespa and wonder around a land full of thousand-year old traditions where history and nature come together to offer a unique experience to those who want to explore it. You can either rent the vehicle that will lead you to discover a land that will never cease to amaze you; or you could easily book a tour with different routes designed to enhance Franciacorta, for an unforgettable experience.

 
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Treno dei sapori

{9 km}

Talking about the “Treno dei Sapori” it means talking about a multi-sensorial travel, which involves and stimulates every sense of the tourist. Two orange wagons help the passengers get completely absorbed by the region, during the journey visitors can admire the beauties of the landscape, sitting comfortably and tasting typical products and wines, served by expert sommeliers. In this way, sight and taste become the protagonist of the journey. The train leaves and arrives from/at Iseo railway station.

Highlights:
- This service is available every Sunday and holidays.
- Booking is mandatory.

 
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ISEO BIKE

{9 km}

Would you explore Iseo Lake and Franciacorta region by bike? Iseo Bike rents out city bikes, mountain bikes, and Electric bikes, available to individuals, families and groups. Our bikes can be rented whether for just a few hours or some days. Rent your bike and choose between a self-guided cycling tour around the lake and one of the various itineraries that you can find detailed on this website. A mountain bike guide can lead you through off-the-beaten-track trails, enjoying breathtaking nature sceneries and landscapes.

Two wheels lovers can enjoy a beautiful itinerary among villages and vineyards along the Franciacorta Wine Route, suitable for everyone. Stop in a cellar for a visit and tasting of the renowned Franciacorta wine.

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Franciacorta Golf club

{5.5 km}

The Franciacorta golf course captivates you through its fairways wonderfully embedded in the undulated terrain. Embedded in a former viticultural reserve surrounded by small lakes, creeks and old farms, golfing here becomes an experience of nature. The 18-hole golf course offers excellent playing conditions.

An outstanding feature: Each hole is truly unique. Wonderfully designed demanding holes with strategically placed bunkers and lots of water allow you to immerse in a very particular golf world.

Highlights: 18-hole golf course €60 per day from Monday to Friday, €85 per day on weekends.

 
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Franciacorta outlet village

{9 km}

A fashion dreamland, a whole little village full of stores and restaurants in case you wish to spend a day spoiling yourself and updating your closet. Franciacorta Outlet Village is the favorite destination for all the fashion lovers. It offers the best items for women, men and children.

Franciacorta Outlet Village it’s not only fashion: it proposes a large choice of furniture’s shops and design, cosmetics and optical stores, without forgetting children with a large well-equipped toys shop. All of this, located in a modern and comfortable environment in order to give you the opportunity of a unique shopping experience.

 
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Natural reserve

{7 km}

The "Torbiere del Sebino" Nature Reserve is between Franciacorta and Lake Iseo, located on the south shore of Lake Iseo and is the most significant wetland in size and ecological importance in the province of Brescia. It covers an area of 360 hectares, mainly composed of reed beds and ponds surrounded by cultivated fields, roads and houses. The reserve is protected and any form of disturbance to wildlife and damage to vegetation is prohibited; it is also prohibited to enter with animals, throw garbage in the area and leave the indicated trails.

Highlights:
- The use of walking shoes is highly recommended

 
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shopping via monte napoleone milano

{75 km}

Via Monte Napoleone is an upscale shopping street in Milan, Italy, and Europe’s most expensive street. It is famous for its ready-to-wear-fashion and jewelry shops, and for being the most important street of the Milan fashion district known as the Quadrilatero della moda,  where many well-known fashion designers have high-end boutiques. The most exclusive Italian shoemakers maintain boutiques on this street.

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Fly above the Franciacorta wine district like you’ve never done before. Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise over the stunning Franciacorta Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards. We promise the view its worth the early wake up call!

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RIVA YACHT

{19 km}

The Riva boatyard was established in 1842 on Lake Iseo, in Sarnico, in the heart of Franciacorta. It was a sudden and devastating storm, which irreversibly damaged the boats of the local fisherman, who were left shocked and powerless, that persuaded a young shipbuilder and craftsman to perform a true miracle and repair most of the crafts. This was the beginning of the legend of Riva and that of a man, Pietro Riva, who became the master of his own destiny. Lake Iseo was the place where the first boats signed Riva were launched and immediately stood out for their unmatched style and personality, Riva rapidly gained respect ad recognition.

The innovative, futuristic architecture of this office, which is visible from as far as the opposite side of the lake and is protected - just like the entire boatyard - by the Superintendence for Cultural heritage, does not go unseen and still represents an impressive example of modern architecture.

 
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SPORTACTION

{38 km}

Accompanied by a flight instructor from the Italian aeroclub, you will experience the excitement of a flight on Lake Iseo with an advanced two-seater aircraft. A unique and unrepeatable experience: within a few dozen kilometres you can admire views and natural landscapes rich in history and tradition.

The motor flight on Lake Iseo is a unique and unforgettable experience, in a few tens of kilometers you can admire natural landscapes rich in history and tradition.

Highlights:
- Duration of the excursion: 20 or 60 minutes
- Minors must be accompanied on-site by a parent
- You can only fly in favourable weather conditions.

 
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Beauty Thermal SPA

{47 km}

The Terme di Boario is the ideal place to reinvigorate both body and spirit. The Terme di Boario, its tradition and well-being culture represent a new way of being and to live which is dedicated to health and far from the rat-race and daily tensions. 
 
The 150 plus years of experience and the 5000 massages performed annually signify the excellence of our center.
 
You can enjoy walking in the protected and quiet Thermal Park which is a beautiful setting for outdoors shows and parties devoted to both adults and children. Or you can pamper yourself with our SPA treatments and aesthetic center.

 
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Check with our front desk for special old steam train rides. During summer time the vintage steam trains get the chance to leave their hangars and warm up their engines while spoiling travellers and adventures from all over the world and of all ages. You can sip Franciacorta fine sparkling bubbles during your ride through the vineyards while enjoying a bygone era and travel mode.

 

Places to Visit

 
 
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unesco tempio capitolino, brescia

{24 km}

The Capitolium of Brixia or the Temple of the Capitoline Triad in Brescia was the main temple in the center of the Roman town of Brixia (Brescia). It is represented at present by fragmentary ruins, but is part of an archeological site, including a Roman amphitheatre and museum in central Brescia.

The temple was built in 73 AD during the rule of emperor Vespasian. The prominent elevated location and the three identifiable cellae, each with their own polychrome marble floor, all help confirm that this temple would have represented the capitolium of the town, that is the temple dedicated to the Capitoline Triad of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. The Capitolium replaced an earlier set of temples, a "Republican Sanctuary", consisting apparently of four discrete temples that had been erected around 75-90 BC, and refurbished during the reign of Augustus.

The three cellae of the capitolium have been rebuilt, and the walls of the left cella are used as a lapidarium to display local epigraphs found during the 19th centuries. In front of the cellae, are the partially reconstructed remains of a portico, which was composed of Corinthian columns that supported a pediment with a dedication to the Emperor Vespasian.

The complex, and other Roman ruins are located at one end of Via dei Museii, once the original Decumanus Maximus of Brixia, which coursed some 5 meters below the present street level, and along the route of the . Broad stairs rose up to portico from the Decumanus.

Almost entirely buried by a landslide of the Cidneo Hill, the temple was rediscovered in 1823. Reconstruction was performed soon after by Rodofo Vantini. During excavation in 1826, a splendid bronze statue of a winged Victory was found inside it, likely hidden in late antiquity to preserve it from pillage.

 
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unesco arena di verona, verona

{85 km}

The Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheatre in piazza Bra in Verona, Italy, built in the first century. It is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. In ancient times, nearly 30,000 people was the housing capacity of the Arena. Nowadays, for security reasons, the maximum attendance is 15,000 people. It would be used as the closing ceremony if Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo will be awarded the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The building itself was built in AD 30 on a site which was then beyond the city walls. The ludi (shows and games) staged there were so famous that spectators came from many other places, often far away, to witness them. The amphitheatre could host more than 30,000 spectators in ancient times.

The round façade of the building was originally composed of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella, built after a major earthquake in 1117, which almost completely destroyed the structure's outer ring, except for the so-called "ala" (wing), the stone was quarried for re-use in other buildings. Nevertheless, it impressed medieval visitors to the city, one of whom considered it to have been a labyrinth, without ingress or egress.

 
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duomo milano

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The construction of the Duomo di Milano initiated in 1386 on the site of the ancient basilicas of Santa Tecla and Santa Maria Maggiore, which were then demolished at a later date. Dedicated to Maria Nascente, the cathedral was commissioned by Gian Galeazzo Visconti and had a dual purpose: the plan was to replace the sites of worship in the heart of Milan with an imposing edifice and it was also intended to celebrate the Visconti Signoria and its ambitious expansion policy.

It is the largest and most complex Gothic building in Italy, made of pink-veined white marble from the Candoglia quarries, in the Val d'Ossola. It is 157 metres in length and covers an area of 11,700 m2. The highest spire measures 108.5 and, in October 1774, the golden 4,16 metre-high statue of the Madonna by the sculptor Giuseppe Perego was placed on its pinnacle.

The construction works were prolonged over five centuries and, during this extensive period, local and European architects, sculptors, artists and workers all proceeded in turn to work in the Fabbrica del Duomo. The result of all their labour is a unique style of architecture, a fusion of European Gothic style and Lombard tradition.

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museo delle mille miglia, brescia

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The race was established by the young Counts Aymo Maggi and Franco Mazzotti, apparently in response to the Italian Grand Prix being moved from their home town of Brescia to Monza. Together with a group of wealthy associates, they chose a race from Brescia to Rome and back, a figure-eight shaped course of roughly 1500 km — or a thousand Roman miles. Later races followed twelve other routes of varying total lengths.

The first race started on 26 March 1927 with seventy-seven starters — all Italian — of which fifty-one had reached the finishing post at Brescia by the end of the race.

The epic of the historic 1000 Miglia, a speed race held in twenty-four editions from 1927 to 1957, is presented with a virtual gallery of the time in the city center of Brescia. From the Time Line of each of the individual editions of the race, you can access 360-degree settings, which show the posters, the cards on the competition, the images of the protagonists, the historical films and the map of the route of that year.

For each setting, enveloping videos have been created that reproduce the specimens that participated in the 1000 Miglia of speed and that still participate in the re-enactment.

 
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Museo del violino: STradivari foundation, cremona

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Since 1976, the Fondazione Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari – formerly the Ente Triennale – has been protecting and promoting the value of classic and contemporary violin making in Cremona, through competitions, exhibitions, conferences, publications, congresses and concerts.
The unique capacity to make bowed string instruments of refined workmanship is at the heart of the city’s identity. An identity that has followed the tradition of fine artisanal excellence, dating back to the late Renaissance and early centuries of the modern age, and reached us today intact.

The constant engagement with research and the rediscovery of the great craftsmen of the past and their work is translated into the management and organisation of the Museo del Violino at an everyday level and, every year in the autumn, into the preparation of exhibitions of historical violin making able to catalyse international attention thanks to their scientific importance and new content.

The heirs of the great maestros are the artisans of today. Since 1976, the foundation has organised the “Antonio Stradivari” International Triennial Competition, often known as the Olympics of Violin Making, a prestigious opportunity for the world’s best instrument makers to compare their work.
Since 2009, the foundation has also promoted the “friends of Stradivari” project, an international network linking all those who own, study, use or simply love instruments from Cremona’s classic violin-making tradition.

 
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Duomo di cremona

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The Cathedral of Cremona was built in the 12th century, beginning in 1185 to be exact, after the destruction wrought by Barbarossa, and is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta.

The original building had a basilica layout with three apsidal naves. Its ruins, discovered in the years 1952-59 during the restoration of the cathedral, are now partly visible from the crypt. However, the Cathedral that stands today achieved its modern appearance through subsequent modifications, primarily thanks to the work carried out between 1284 and 1341 by the Masters of Como, under the direction of Maestro Giacomo di Gabbiano and Horace da Prata.

The pre-existing Romanesque church was embellished to include a Gothic structure, which makes the Cremona Cathedral one of the most outstanding examples of religious architecture of Northern Italy. Many paintings can also be admired inside.

Its location in Piazza del Comune, the heart of the medieval city, testifies to the profound bond between religious and political power that existed at the time: the fact that the cathedral is located in Cremona's government centre is certainly no coincidence, nor that it shares the square with town hall.

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Unesco Museo di santa giulia, Brescia

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On June 25, 2011 the Santa Giulia Monastery and the Capitolium Archaeological area included in the site “Lombards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.) were listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site together with Cividale del Friuli, Castelseprio-Torba, Spoleto, Campello sul Clitunno, Benevento, and Monte Sant’Angelo.

The monumental complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia in Brescia is an extraordinary place.  This nunnery was built in 753 by Brescia’s duke Desiderius before he became king of the Lombards.

The church of San Salvatore is one of the most significant examples of religious architecture in the Early Middle Ages; its ornamentation is among the richest and best preserved. The monastery included lodging for pilgrims and the poor, and played a fundamental role in the social context of that time.

Today, the whole complex, after an outstanding restoration and enhancement work, hosts the City Museum and displays the most important artistic artefacts that narrate the long history of Brescia and its region.

Of particular importance from the sculptural point of view are the Winged Victory, the Emperors’ gilded bronze heads, and the numerous marble artefacts in the Roman section.

 
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unesco citta alta di bergamo

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The moon gently illuminated Piazza Vecchia, in the northern Italian town of Bergamo, one late October evening. Shadows speckled Renaissance-era buildings, houses with wrought-iron balconies and grand arched columns, while light created a glimmering sheen over the red brick squares of the plaza. From a 12th-century bell tower came the final echoes of the 100 tolls that once signified this town’s 10 p.m. curfew.

A great place to start an exploration of Bergamo is Piazza Vecchia, the heart and center of Città Alta, the medieval part of the city, which sits on a hill above the rest of town. For nearly 400 years, starting in the early 15th century, Bergamo was part of the Republic of Venice; it was the Venetians who built the stone walls around Città Alta. And indeed, the areas around the square look distinctly medieval, with narrow and winding cobblestone streets.

 
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UNESCO WORLD SITE incisioni rupestri

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The area extends over 14 hectares of rock art land, a most important section belonging in Camonica Valley’s World Heritage UNESCO site n. 94.

In this park, in a magnificently wooded environment, one can admire as many as 104 engraved rocks, endowed with information panels, divided into 5 easy-to-walk routes for about 3 km. The entire tour of all paths takes at least 4 hours.

On these broad surfaces of glacier-polished, grey-purple sandstone, ancient Valley dwellers made some figures by pecking the rock with stone strikers or, at times, with pointed tools. The rock art chronology in the Park ranges from the Neolithic (5th-4th millennium BCE) and the Iron Age (1st millennium BCE), and there are also engravings from historical times. The best represented period is undoubtedly the Iron Age, when the Valley was inhabited by the Camunni as documented by the Romans.

Some rocks are remarkably large, notably Rock 1, impressive for its extraordinary wealth and variety of engraved figures, all in all a thousand. Among them, many animals, armed men, vertical looms with weights, shovels, huts, cupmarks, and a labyrinth.

 
 

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