Castelbrando is one of the largest castles in Europe, set in Cison di Valmarino, possible the most beautiful hamlet in Italy. It is a magnificent example of historical restoration, set on the Prosecco hills not far from Venice and the breathtaking Dolomites.
The location, with its austere and noble style, offers a refined 4-star hotel with 80 elegant rooms, suites and apartments from which to experience a medieval atmosphere and courtly life.
For couples interested in a church wedding, the Church of San Martino is an artistic jewel dating back to the 18th century, adorned with wonderful frescoes by Egidio Dall’Oglio.
The wedding reception can be held at the Restaurant Sansovino. It is located in Venetian-style historical halls with ancient stuccoes and precious furniture, where guests can enjoy highly refined and seasonal cuisine.
Towards the end of the celebration the castle welcomes its guest into eight bars and wineries, individually themes and located in different areas. “The Donatello” is tucked under the castle foundations, while “The Orangerie” offers panoramic views from the terrace. “The Guecello” is set in the lovely garden, as for the “Cantina di Ottone” and the “Enoteca del Conte” they are situated in authentic archaeological surroundings.
The oldest wing of the castle houses the Spa “Principessa Gaia”. Here the couple can enjoy a pampered day before their wedding, taking advantage of the swimming-pool, hydro-massage, Turkish bath built into a Roman structure, Finnish saunas, Kneipp hydro-route, and a a large variety of treatments and massages. This is truly a unique way of indulging and feeling good before finding oneself under the wedding spotlight.
How to get to Castelbrando:
By car from A27 Venezia-Belluno highway, exit at Vittorio Veneto Nord and follow directions to Follina and Valdobbiadene. After 12 km you will get to Cison di Valmarino where Castelbrando stands.
By plane Marco Polo International Airport in Venice (70 km. – 50 minutes). Antonio Canova Airport in Treviso (50 km – 40 minutes).
By train from Venezia Mestre railway station, linked to the main Italian centres, go until the railway station in Conegliano Veneto, where a taxi service is available (23 km – 20 minutes)
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