The castle of the Francesetti Counts

Castello Mezzenile

This architectural complex is formed of various buildings distinguished by their function: the castle, the guesthouse, the stables, the house of the farmhands, the oven and the chapel of the nobles.

An early plan shows that the building had a rectangular form with a simple covering in pitch.

During the 19th century Count Luigi Francesetti acquired the feudal rights of Mezzenile and initiated a series of modifications and enlargement of the structure, influenced by the idea of the

image that a noble residence should transmit to testify to the high social standing of its owners.

Despite the notable enlargement of the complex, this did not overwhelm the original form of the building.

The extension of the stables, a shelter for carriages, the building of the guesthouse and housing for the farmhands date from this period.

The chapel of the nobles, dedicated to Saint Ann, was connected to the North-West tower of the castle by a charming ‘gallery’ at the same time as the creation of a garden within the outer walls of the complex.



Suggested period
Opening period
Starting point
Situato in Via Villa Inferiore. Per informazioni: 0123.581124

Recommended for

  • Families


Cars can be left in the car park in front of the entrance to the castle and along the street.