Here you will discover a really special and historical setting for a relaxing and memorable holiday just a few miles from Lake Iseo. Wandering the narrow medieval cobblestone streets and exploring the luxurious vineyards leads to one discovery after another: loggias, porticoes, windowsills with flower boxes, and exceptionally beautiful panoramas.
You will find yourself in the wonderful wine producing region of Franciacorta in this beautifully restored hamlet surrounded by vineyards and green hills. It is a setting worthy of painting a picture and one that will leave beautiful images in your mind to remember forever. The pace of life is truly relaxing with an atmosphere of a bygone era which has been carefully preserved by the loving hands of the family that have restored this ancient hamlet.
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You can enjoy a wine tour and tasting of one of the oldest wine cellars in the region. The oldest part of the wine cellar here dates back to the 16th Century and it is located at the foot of the hill. Villa Franciacorta has been producing the highly acclaimed sparkling wine Brut since the year 1978 after several trips to the Champagne district of France - and thus are pioneers in this field in Italy. Villa Franciacorta also produces other wines including Rose and the grapes are typically harvested at the end of August. Wine tours are usually held on Tuesdays at 16.30. As a guest you are entitled to a 10% discount off the purchase price on all products.
Villa Gradoni also organizes guided cycling tours in the immediate area. One of the tours focuses on hilly landscapes while another trip focuses on gastronomy, including of course the local wine production. The distance will be approximately 20 - 25 miles. There is a guide on the trips and the bike hire, helmet, insurance and water are included. If you are interested, you can ask for prices and options when you arrive.
When hunger calls, a fine dining experience awaits you at 'Il Borgo' - an intimate, welcoming restaurant for those who wish to sample the traditional dishes of Franciacorta. Arduino Franchi, who has decades of experience, proposes a menu tied to the land, and to the freshness of the ingredients, which he personally selects. The menu follows the seasons, and among the many dishes include favorites such as: casoncelli alla bresciana with browned butter and sage, risotto with scamorza cheese and arugola sprouts, kabobs and beef tagliata with green pepper and thyme. You can choose from an extensive wine list that includes the entire range of Villa’s renowned Franciacorta and Curtefranca wines. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner but is closed every week on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The complex is further enriched by the “Borgo del Benessere,” - a health centre which is a perfect place to dedicate a few hours to yourself. Tiziana Belleri, expert practitioner of shiatsu and the Ayurvedic techniques, welcomes you to enjoy a number of therapeutic treatments at the new wellness centre, with the assistance of a physician who also has many years of experience with Oriental medicine, physiotherapy, and dietology.
The villa has a large swimming pool that is shielded from the road with sun loungers all around providing a truly relaxing corner to hide away in. There is also a separate children's pool in this area. There is a small common room with vending machines near the pool area, where it is possible to buy coffee, other drinks and snacks. There is Wi-Fi in public areas by the pool and on the veranda in front of the reception, but not in the apartments. Guests will find ample and free parking on-site, a communal barbeque, free mountain bike hire, a small laundry (for a fee) and a children's playground.
The small village of Monticelli Brusati is a sweet place to explore and there are a number of restaurants in and around the village which you can also try. A trip of approx. 8 km will take you to the shores of the enchanting Lake Iseo which is surrounded by cute towns and panoramic spots. Monte Isola - the Island in the middle of the lake is a remarkable day trip in itself and is said to be one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy. The favourable location of the hamlet allows you to quickly and easily reach a number of cities, including Bergamo, Brescia, Mantova, Milan, Verona, and Venice.
You can choose from one of twenty apartments either located near to the swimming pool or in a property with an enclosed courtyard next to the reception. The community is not that big so wherever you stay you will be no more than 150 metres from either the pool, restaurant or reception. You have your own private terrace where you can enjoy sitting outside in the warmer months and appreciate the wonderful surroundings. Note that if you order towels, they are priced per apartment, not per person. Note that one of the 2-bedroom apartments is equipped for people with disabilities.
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