Photos courtesy of Castello di Bevilacqua
7 junior suites
Doubles: 119–212 euros
Rates include tax, service, and breakfast.
Open: all year
Bevilacqua is about 45 km southeast of Verona. From SS434, continue east on SP44. From Padova (Padua), it’s about 57 km. Take A13 south and continue west on SR10. The castle is in the village off the main road. You can also get to Bevilacqua by train from Verona or Padova.
Nearby: wine tasting; medieval town of Montagnana (which, besides having some of the best medieval walls in Europe, can also boast of some of Italy’s finest prosciutto!); Verona; Padova
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An irresistible combination of history and romance awaits you at this atmospheric castle hotel in the Veneto countryside. If you need to take a few days off from the sightseeing circuit of Verona, Padova, and Venice, you’ve come to the right place.
Marked by four crenellated corner towers and a central courtyard, the castle boasts both medieval and neo-Gothic elements. Throughout you'll find vaulted, arched or heavy wood-beamed ceilings, fine antiques, and salons that have the feel of being in a country estate.
Even though there are only seven junior suites, the castle can have lots of activity going on, whether it’s a wedding, meetings, or a mystery dinner.
Located in the towers, each completely different suite is named for a personage who played a part in the castle’s history. Highlighting each is a restored antique bed, and just try to choose among them! My pick would have to be the four-poster canopy bed in the Francesco II suite. If you like gorgeous frescoes on the walls, go for the Generale La Masa, Gaetano II, or Francesco II suites. Bathrooms are completely modernized, yet are in keeping with the castle theme. All have Jacuzzi bathtubs, with the exception of the Duchessa suite, which features a free-standing, cast iron tub.
For romantic and intimate dining, step into the All’Antica Ala restaurant. The chef offers typical seasonal cuisine of the region or perhaps something special not on the menu. The wine is superb. Reservations required. If there are at least four of you, wine tasting can be arranged.
The staff at Bevilacqua cannot be friendlier or more helpful. Don’t hesitate t0 ask for suggestions of how best to enjoy the area.
Guided castle tours and a small “torture chamber” museum