Grumello del Monte Travel Guide

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Grumello del Monte Things to Do

  • Wine Tasting - Castello Grumello

    In the town of Grumello is a small, family owned winery that produces the local red wine and a marvelous little chardonay. The local valcalepio is a delightful, light bodied red that is scrumptious with cheese and salumi. The Castello's history goes back hundreds of years and was under control of various doges. The family home is full of charm....

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  • Decorative Statue

    Walking from the train station to town we encountered an interesting statue. In the world of statues, it is rather subdued and there probably aren't many pilgrimages made to the Statue in Grumello..... but is bigger than the one in my yard...

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  • Castle tour

    We had a good guide for our tour – she was full of information about the history of the house, but didn’t overload us with facts, and allowed time for us to take photos (which were allowed inside as well as outside). Perhaps because it is a family home, you only get to see a small part of the house on a tour, but it was enough to give a sense of...

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Grumello del Monte Restaurants

  • Morning cafe

    Located a short walk from the Castello Grumello, we found the Bar Kiwi a comfortable place to enjoy our morning coffee and pastries.

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  • A terrace with a view

    Elena (ElenaKKKK) had booked lunch for us all at this nicely located agritourismo on a hillside over-looking Grumello. We drove up here and were shown to a long table on the large terrace, with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. It was a very pleasant afternoon and this was a great place in which to relax after our morning tour.The...

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Grumello del Monte Transportation

  • Train from Bergamo to Grumello

    It is an easy and inexpensive train from Bergamo to Grumello del Monte, less than 4 euro one way, and takes about 25 minutes. It runs more often in the morning so you want to make sure you know the timetables.

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  • Getting to Grumello del Monte

    Elena (ElenaKKKK) arranged a bus to take most of the VT group to Grumello, but I was happy to accept a lift from another of my VT friends, Antonio (a2lopes), who had hired a car for his visit to Bergamo. The drive took us across the plains beyond Bergamo, with a mix of countryside views and some small towns – this photo was taken in one of them,...

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    by toonsarah Written Aug 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The Castello Grumello del Monte dates back to the Middle Ages, although the many changes over the centuries mean that what you see today is a patchwork of different building elements and styles. Originally it would have been a military outpost for defence and for the protection of local villagers, with an observation tower overlooking the surrounding countryside from this strategic location on a hillside. Today little remains of the original medieval fortress – only the tower, a gate, the Knights' Hall and the cellar.

    After spending a short period in the ownership of the church, Grumello, like much of Italy got caught up during the second half of the 14th century in the war between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. These were the factions supporting the Pope (Guelphs) and the Holy Roman Emperor (Ghibellines) in central and northern Italy, and thus the war between them was a sort of Church versus State conflict. Grumello was under the Guelph faction, and was the scene of several battles.

    In the following century the Castle was once again caught up, as was so much of this region, in the struggle between the city states of Milan and Venice. It was initially conquered by Milan, but soon, like the rest of the Bergamo area, came under the control of the Republic of Venice. In 1422 it was acquired by Bartolomeo Colleoni, the condottiero of Bergamo – the condottieri being medieval military leaders in Italy who worked for the powerful ruling factions (in his case Venice), often for high payments. One of the most influential people in the history of this region, he made his fortune working for Venice and spent some of it on Grumello.

    In the 18th century the castle was fully converted from fortress to noble residence. It has been in the hands of several families in the intervening years, and in 1953 was bought, along with the surrounding vineyards, by the Reschigna Kettlitz family of Milan. No doubt Colleoni would be disappointed to learn that, in a sense, his former home did eventually fall into the hands of Milan!

    My next tip describes our tour of this historic castle.

    Above the chapel door In a corner of the courtyard View from the castle
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