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Roncade Castle

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Roncade Castle

For most visitors, including lovers of art, Veneto is the region of the Villas, fairy-tale holiday destinations and farmhouses, which have left an indelible mark on the area and in the collective imagination...

There are villas of all kinds, but only one still maintains its medieval walls, so much so that it is often called a 'castle': this is Villa Giustinian in Roncade, in the province of Treviso.

Its history takes us far back in time, around the tenth century when the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Ottone II gave the Collalto family as a gift a defensive structure. In the 14th century, with the Venetian conquest of Treviso, the structure passed into the hands of the noble Badoer family.

In 1500 Girolamo Giustinian and his wife, Agnesina Badoer, built the building that we can still admire today, keeping the medieval wall.

In 1915, at the death of the last Giustinian, Maria, the castle was bought by the Ciani Bassetti family, who still own it.

During the Second World War, the complex was occupied by a German commander and suffered some air bombardments that damaged especially the towers and the wall near the orchard. At the end of the conflict, the villa was promptly restored by the owners.

The current owner, Baron Ciani Bassetti, has improved this place while maintaining the agricultural tradition, and in particular viticulture, inherited from his family of Trentino origins. The vineyards around the castle, the cellar and the barrel room testify  to the blend of man’s history and activity, representing a profound testimony to the villa's civilization.

If you want to visit this original example of a Venetian villa, we recommend you book our guided tour with tasting of Roncade Castle: art, history and authentic flavours all in one fascinating experience.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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