You will have the chance to admire a beautiful landscape only a few kilometres from the A4 motorway, along the road that goes from the Adro Sanctuary to Torbiato and Nigoline di Franciacorta.
This is where you leave the chaos of everyday life behind you to live the pleasure of peaceful and easy days in total harmony with nature, good food and conviviality.
The Farmhouse, Wine cellar and Farm are located in three villages close to each other in the heart of Franciacorta: Nigoline di Corte Franca, Erbusco and Torbiato di Adro. Walking along pretty paths among the vineyards, rose gardens and olive trees you can visit all three places, that are only a few minutes one from another. You may also decide to take long strolls or go for bike rides.
We advise you to book your guided tour around the cellar and your wine tastings in advance.
You can also visit the farm museum at the farmhouse.
There are many walks you can go on that will give you the chance to discover Franciacorta’s landscape and old medieval villages.
Torbiato di Adro
This small village is part of the town of Adro. It owes its name to the bog land which is rich of turf. It is built up on a hill in a panoramic location, surrounded by vineyards, cultivated fields and small woods. In the ninth century it was part of the estate of the Monastery of San Faustino from Brescia and it is still possible to observe traces of the devotion to Saints Faustino and Giovita from Brescia.
The most fascinating part of this village are the ruins of an ancient castle which beholds the old Church of San Faustino, of which we can still admire the Romanesque apse and the eighteenth century bell. From here, you may look out onto the Franciacorta countryside as far as Lake Iseo.
The eighteenth century church also has an altar-piece, that is believed to be work of Pietro Marone, as well as works of Antonio Paglia, whereas the wooden tabernacle belongs to the Fantoni school. There are many old noble houses here too: the sixteenth century Villa Suardi with its big park; Villa Calini-Carini, possibly of the seventeenth century and completely renovated in a neoclassical style, Villa Berlucchi that was a countryside building built around a tower house.
We advise you to visit the sanctuary of Our Lady of the Snows. Built by the Barefoot Carmelites in 1912, nowadays it is a worshipped destination for many pilgrims. Its octagonal plan safeguards wonderful Fantoni works. Free entry.
In the monks’ ex country house, that is next to the sanctuary, you can admire the Barefoot Carmelites’ silkworm museum. The museum gathers many tools for the manufacturing and spinning of silk, all very patiently collected by Father Mansueto over the years from all over Italy. Knock: they will certainly open up to you.
The small Romanesque church of Santa Maria in Favento that dates back to 1200 is located along the old roman consular road leading to Valle Camonica. Inside and outside, the church is decorated with precious votive frescos that date back to the fifteenth and sixteenth century, among which the most important are the triumphal arc (Annunciation and Trinity) and a suggestive “Saint George and the dragon” which almost recalls a rather Byzantine style.
Located close to the Sebino morenaic amphitheatre, to Monte Orfano and being the doorway to the Po valley, Erbusco most probably owes its name to the fact that it is located in a grassy or wooded area (herba – el bosch – er bosch).
The first settlements date back to the Neolithic age, but history offers us documents of an important Roman period with headstones, stones and friezes, some of which are conserved in the Roman section of the museum of Santa Giulia in Brescia or are walled up on the facade of Palazzo del Monte di Pietà.
Built along the old Roman road that lead to Brescia and Milan, Erbusco was an important countryside parish as well as estate of the Martinengo family.
Vestiges of its glorious past are gathered in the small old town centre which is full of ruins and important buildings and also in the countryside that surrounds it, dear to noble families from Brescia or Milan who built their holiday villas and homes there.
The old area develops around the Castle, built between 1279 and 1312. Today, only the gateway with the loopholes and drawbridge remain.
Santa Maria parish, built around the thirteenth century is a beautiful example of late Romanesque Lombard architecture with gothic influences.
Among the parish’s remarkable artistic heritage, we must point out fragments of pluteus of the ninth century and the important frescos of the Madonna on a throne with Child or the Annunciation, both attributed to Gentile da Fabriano – called to Brescia by Pandolfo Malatesta in 1414 to work in the Broletto chapel. In the apse we can also admire the beautiful fresco of Saint Ursula and the virgins of the fifteenth century. The parish bell was built between 1396 and 1436.
Quistini Castle and its rose garden are open every Sunday from 10 am to midday and from 3 pm to 6 pm from 1st April to November.
Convento dell’Annunciata is open to the public and belongs to the Servants of Mary. It is in an excellent position since it is located on the east side of Monte Orfano, in Rovato. There are many important works of art in its internal cloister among which an Annunciation by Romanino (1485-1566).
The Torbiere del Sebino natural reserve (Sebino bogs) is located in Lombardy along the south coast of Lake Iseo, in the towns of Provaglio d’Iseo, Iseo and Cortefranca.
The area is about 360 hectares big and is full of cane thickets and stretches of water, rich in all types of lake flora and fauna. There are many paths and wooden bridges and even a bike path with special stop off and bird watching areas.
The Romanesque monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa towers over the bogs and still conserves a remarkable cycle of frescos that date back to the sixteenth century and represent the life of Jesus.
Among wonderful cloisters and peaceful atmospheres, you may also visit the Centro d’arte e cultura dell’Abbazia Olivetana di San Nicola (centre for art and culture). You will soon realize it is a polysemic visit in which art and culture go hand in hand with the spiritual valours of the Rule of Saint Benedict.
Lago d’Iseo e Monte Isola
Lake Iseo or Sebino belongs to the group of the big glacial alpine lakes and is formed by Oglio river that has its headwater at Passo Gavia, coming all the way down to Val Camonica, passing Costa Volpino and finally exiting between Paratico and Sarnico.
Along the banks you may visit many historical villages. The biggest tourist towns are Iseo, Sarnico and Lovere.
Monte Isola is at the centre of the lake and is the biggest island in a European Lake. It reaches 600 metres in altitude and has a typically Mediterranean vegetation as well as very pretty villages.
Look up the lake’s navigation timetable.
Guests can book their day at the Franciacorta Golf Club, water parks and stables directly at the Farmhouse.