Respect and wonder. These are the feelings provoked by the Castle of Lonato, generally called Rocca, an impressive fort with a thousand-year old soul that majestically dominates the entire basin of the Lake Garda. Respect: for its prestigious thousand-year old history. And wonder: for its impressive grandeur.
Nestled on the peak of one of the moraine hills looking onto the south of the Lake, the fortification, formerly used for military and defensive purposes, nowadays is one of the most impressive ones in Lombardy. The Rocca, even praised by Napoleon Bonaparte, who, under its walls fought the bloody Battle of Lonato against the Austrian army, over the centuries has hosted the counts of Montichiari, the Scaligers, and the Visconti in 1376. In fact, Bernabò Visconti improved the building and expanded its walls up to the populated hamlet. In 1912, it was declared national monument. Nowadays, it has a typical fifteenth-century appearance, entirely built with river pebbles and consisting of two great bodies: the Rocchetta (Little Stronghold) and the Quartiere Principale (Main Quarter), which formerly were secondary buildings for soldiers’ lodgings.
With its long Guelph battlements, the evocative drawbridge, the romantic footpath overlooking the valley, and the monumental gardens enclosed between the very high walls, Rocca Viscontea Veneta represents the ideal place to turn your wedding day into an extraordinary, unique, and unforgettable fairy tale. In fact, since 2006, Rocca Viscontea Veneta is a prestigious event, wedding and private party location. The Quartiere Principale hosts a big pavilion, where you can organize your reception. On the contrary, if you prefer an outdoor dinner, under a starry sky, the Rocchetta represents the ideal scenography for an exclusive and unforgettable banquet or an evocative and high-level welcome aperitif. The fateful wedding-cake cutting can be livened up by spectacular fireworks and wonderful light games that illuminate the battlements. The Quartiere Principale is always adorned. It is characterized by a fabric dropped ceiling and big glass chandeliers and can host the reception even in case of bad weather. The totally transparent walls will make you imagine being in a wonderful winter garden prepared for the event.
Thanks to an agreement with the municipality of Lonato, in Rocca Viscontea Veneta you can celebrate your civil wedding. The ceremony can be arranged in the Sale della Casa del Capitano (Captain’s House Halls), Quartiere Principale, or on the footpath, which offers a spectacular view of the Lake Garda. In case of cosy ceremonies, the rite can be celebrated in the Sala di Lettura (Reading Hall) in Casa del Podestà (Podestà’s House), at the foot of the Rocca. It is a little frescoed room that holds some of the old books of the Library.
The Foundation Ugo Da Como has selected as exclusive F&B partner in Rocca Padovani & Benuzzi Catering a young and dynamic company that provides a custom professional service to fulfil the newlyweds’ wishes.