At the western edge of the Euganean Hills stands the Castle of Valbona, an imposing fortress of the thirteenth century in which the original furnishings have been preserved intact.
Castello di Valbona History
In Valbona, on the border between the territories of Vicenza, Padua and Verona, the castle was built to defend the territories of the Counts Lozzo.
Although it is not possible to trace the exact date of construction, the chronicles report of its existence already in the first half of the twelfth century, when its position made it strategic outpost in the wars that in those years frequently opposed Padovani, Scaligeri, Estensi and Vicentini.
Probably renovated by the Carraresi in 1338, (as evidenced by the personal signs of Ubertino I da Carrara present in the entrance), with the annexation to Venetian rule the castle loses all military value and is sold to the rich Corner family and then move on to Barbarigo a century later. Today it is owned by the Albrizzi accounts.
The castle looks like a classic military garrison with almost square plan and has six smaller towers about 16 meters high placed on the walls; the main tower, 22 meters high, stands in the middle of the castle.
The construction is well preserved, thanks also to an important restoration work that took place in the 19th century.
Even today the testimony of the past remains intact and at the same time is home to a welcoming restaurant and wine cellar where you can taste more traditional specialties of the Venetian and Italian gastronomy and on the ground floor, visitors can choose from the specialties of the castle's characteristic pizzeria.
The castle has a large fenced playground for children and a zoo.
On the ground floor, visitors can choose from the specialties of the castle's characteristic pizzeria.
In the evocative setting of the place every Sunday of October takes place the famous "Medieval Festival", during which you can witness the work of artisans, in strictly vintage dress, exhibit and manufacture objects of all kinds all handmade with techniques dating back to 1200.