Your mission: to see northeastern Italy.
Your dilemma: you don’t know where else to go besides Venice.
Your solution is below.
Castello Di Roncade
As a permanent tourist in northeastern Italy, I have the luxury of exploring the local wonders on a regular basis. I have no time limits or vacation weeks that I’m using up.
Italy is my backyard. Italy is my home!
In order for you to benefit from my good fortune – living in Italy, that is – I will share one of my favorite local wonders with you: Castello di Roncade.
It’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from Venice, so if you’re looking for an exciting day trip to take that mixes medieval history, Renaissance architecture and fabulous local wine, then you can’t miss out on this remarkable location.
Located just 16 miles north of Venice and 6 miles southeast of Treviso in the little town of Roncade, the Castello di Roncade is well known for its rich history and the ancient vineyards that have been producing its wine since the 1500’s.
Just outside of the cellar entrance is this beautiful passageway with exposed wooden beams and trinkets of the estate’s history are placed along the wall for guests to admire.
The wine tasting room features a mixture of rustic charm and modern commodity. Displayed are several pictures, one of which shows Baron Ciani Bassetti when he met Prince Charles of Wales.
It dates back as far as the 10th century, when Emperor Ottone II built a fortress on the site that was later destroyed by Italian nobleman Cangrande della Scala in the 1300’s.
While no traces of the original structure remain today, you certainly won’t be disappointed by the beautiful 15th century walls and towers that surround the main villa. Just be careful not to fall into the moat as you cross the bridge that leads you into the estate!
As you stand in front of the villa, you can admire the entrance that is flanked by the 15th century towers and wall surrounding it.
The fortress walls and towers were built by the Giustinian family in the 15th century, and 20 years later the main villa – designed by renowned Venetian architect Mauro Coducci (also written as Codussi) – was added.
If the name Coducci doesn’t ring a bell, it should. Literally!
He helped design Piazza San Marco’s most prized possession in Venice: the bell tower.
The villa boasts a beautiful garden with neatly trimmed hedges and statues that honor those who are important to the villa’s history.
Up close, you can admire the beautiful façade of the villa and in the bottom left of the photo, notice the entrance to a private chapel located on the estate.
The current owner is Baron Vincenzo Ciani Bassetti, whose family settled into the villa in the early 1900’s and worked to restore the villa to its present splendor. I had the pleasure of meeting the Baron during my latest visit and he was very welcoming and friendly as we chatted about the upcoming events.
Castello di Roncade hosts numerous seasonal events throughout the year, one of my favorites being at the end of May when they open their doors for Italy’s famous Cantine Aperte, or “Open Wineries.”
If you aren’t visiting the area in May, then don’t worry, they host other many other events in the spring and the fall months that showcase the work of Italy’s top artisans, or you can always book a private tour of the estate by contacting them directly. Tours are held in numerous languages (Danish, Russian, German, English, Italian), making it easy for everyone to thoroughly immerse themselves in the estate’s exciting and interesting history. They are also available for wedding receptions if you are searching for a venue in this part of Italy.
–Rachel Rushing is soaking up Italy slowly: one bite of cheese, one dish of risotto and one glass of wine at a time. Her tales of life in the beautiful northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia are told on her blog, Full of Italy, where readers immerse themselves in her words, her photos and her favorite places that she has discovered since moving to Italy in 2009. You can follow her daily adventures on Twitter or Instagram.
Concierge tip: Should you wish to visit Castello di Roncade for the Open Wineries season in May then Baglioni Hotel Luna will allow you to also enjoy springtime in Venice, one of the city’s most beautiful seasons. What’s more if you are feeling spontaneous you can book the Baglioni last minute rate (subject to availability, conditions apply) to enjoy a further 15% off your stay.
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