Padernello Castle

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Once upon a time there was a Castle located in the heart of plain, in the small village of Padernello, reached by following the ancient Roman limes. The Castle, founded in 1391, was inhabited until 1965, then followed years of neglect, abandonment and collapse. In 2005 a group of women and men decided to take care of the Castle, starting a recovery process. Today the Castle is a vibrant and dynamic place; the still functioning drawbridge allows visitors to cross the water filled moat that surrounds it. The soul of the Castle is intimately linked to the story of Bianca Maria Martinengo, a lover of silence and nature, who, on the night of July 20, 1480, attracted by the luminous magic of fireflies, threw herself happily towards them and into the moat. Since then, on the anniversary of her death, every ten years, Dame Bianca’s ghost returns to visit the Castle. 


Over the centuries Padernello Castle, originally used a defensive fortress, then became a noble villa until 1965, the year it was abandoned by its last inhabitant, Count Filippo Molin Ugoni Salvadego.

Despite being defined in 1912 as a monument of high architectural value and of national interest by the Ministry of Education, the Castle was covered in brambles, exposed to human neglect and looting. Everyone forgot about the Castle with the exception of a handful of visionaries – The Friends of the Castle – eager to save the castle and enrich the village of Padernello. 

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Once upon a time there was a Castle located in the heart of plain, in the small village of Padernello, reached by following the ancient Roman limes. The Castle, founded in 1391, was inhabited until 1965, then followed years of neglect, abandonment and collapse. In 2005 a group of women and men decided to take care of the Castle, starting a recovery process. Today the Castle is a vibrant and dynamic place; the still functioning drawbridge allows visitors to cross the water filled moat that surrounds it. The soul of the Castle is intimately linked to the story of Bianca Maria Martinengo, a lover of silence and nature, who, on the night of July 20, 1480, attracted by the luminous magic of fireflies, threw herself happily towards them and into the moat. Since then, on the anniversary of her death, every ten years, Dame Bianca’s ghost returns to visit the Castle. 


Over the centuries Padernello Castle, originally used a defensive fortress, then became a noble villa until 1965, the year it was abandoned by its last inhabitant, Count Filippo Molin Ugoni Salvadego.

Despite being defined in 1912 as a monument of high architectural value and of national interest by the Ministry of Education, the Castle was covered in brambles, exposed to human neglect and looting. Everyone forgot about the Castle with the exception of a handful of visionaries – The Friends of the Castle – eager to save the castle and enrich the village of Padernello. 

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