Hidden treasures

Roncade Castle

Unknown places & works
castello-roncade

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

Latest posts

Venice: The theft of the body of Saint Lucia from the church of San Geremia

venezia_santa_lucia
Historical Curiosities

13th December, throughout the Christian world, is devoted to the celebration of Saint Lucia, a martyr from Syracuse, Italy, who lived a...

View

Venice: The Tolomazi, the first tour guides of Venice

tolomazi
Historical Curiosities

In the Middle Ages, as in present day, Venice was a cosmopolitan city bustling with travellers from all over the Mediterranean. Many of...

View

Treviso: Castelbrando in Cison di Valmarino

castelbrando
Unknown places & works

The province of Treviso offers its visitors many places steeped in history and imbued with charm ... One of these is definitely Castelb...

View

Verona: Villa Mosconi Bertani in Valpolicella

villa-mosconi-bertani
Historical Curiosities

If you are passionate about wine and history, you cannot miss out on a visit to Villa Mosconi Bertani in Valpolicella (province of Vero...

View

Top posts

Verona: The Sigurtà Park in Valeggio sul Mincio

sigurtà
Unknown places & works

Sigurtà Garden Park is a 60 hectare-large natural park located in Valeggio sul Mincio, in the province of Verona, about 8 km from Pesc...

View

Venice: The graffiti of the ancient merchants on Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice

Fondaco_dei_Tedeschi
Historical Curiosities

Each building located along the Grand Canal has an amusing story or a mystery to tell... After having been the Post Office building for...

View

Padua: Padua, the Iliad, the Aeneid and Dante's Inferno

padova-antenore
Mysteries & Legends

What do the Italian city of Padua and Dante's Inferno have in common? Apparently nothing, but if you dig in the medieval legends you wi...

View

Venice: The Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice as the film set of 'Casanova'

Sala_Capitolo
Film Locations

In 2005 the film ‘Casanova' was shot in Venice, directed by Lasse Hallström and which starred the late Heath Ledger. Among the many ...

View