The headquarters: Borgo Antico San Vitale

The San Vitale architectural complex is located in Borgonato di Corte Franca, a typical country village in the heart of Franciacorta. The origins of the “borgo” date back to the early middle ages, when it was first mentioned in an imperial diploma dated 879 whereby Charlemagne donated the court of Borgonato to the monastery of San Salvatore – Santa Giulia of Brescia.

In the centre of the village, to the north of the Castle hill, stands the San Vitale complex, whose main characteristic is that it consists of buildings of different types dating back to different periods which, over time, have blended into a complex of outstanding historical-architectural importance.

The southern perspective shows the elegant priest’s house (16th century), alongside which is a rural building with portico and loggia, typical features of the Lombardy farmhouse. The northern part is occupied by the former church of San Vitale (15th century) the ruins of which have been integrated into a large room, now a display area, which enhances the old presbytery and the two side chapels.

Before the renovation work was begun, archaeological digs had brought to light the foundations of a small church dating back to the Longobard period and a large medieval cemetery. The entire complex has undergone careful restoration using traditional methods and materials (stone, brick, wood), which has once again given the “borgo” a suggestive 17th/18th-century appearance.

This restoration work took five years and was entirely funded by the Gozio family under the control of the Brescia Architectural Heritage and Landscape Authority. Borgo Antico San Vitale has been listed among the most important cultural assets of the Franciacorta district.

Visit the Borgo Antico website here

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