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LA CORTE DEI SEMPLICI
Bordolano – CR
Cremonese

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3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from 20 June to 10 July;
from 17 July to 23 September;
from 5 October to 20 October;
from 30 October to 8 November;
from 15 November to 30 November;
from 15 March to 31 March;
from 9 April to 23 May

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 430 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from 20 June to 10 July;
from 17 July to 23 September;
from 5 October to 20 October;
from 30 October to 8 November;
from 15 November to 30 November;
from 15 March to 31 March;
from 9 April to 23 May

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 660 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd and 4th bed €70 per 3 nights stay per person
  • 3rd and 4th bed €95 per 4 nights stay per person
  • Pets allowed with fee
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Sale of typical products

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from 20 June to 10 July;
from 17 July to 23 September;
from 5 October to 20 October;
from 30 October to 8 November;
from 15 November to 30 November;
from 15 March to 31 March;
from 9 April to 23 May

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 690 per couple

€ 590 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from 20 June to 10 July;
from 17 July to 23 September;
from 5 October to 20 October;
from 30 October to 8 November;
from 15 November to 30 November;
from 15 March to 31 March;
from 9 April to 23 May

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 790 per couple

€ 740 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd and 4th bed €70 per 3 nights stay per person
  • 3rd and 4th bed €95 per 4 nights stay per person
  • Pets allowed with fee
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Sale of typical products

Location: La Corte dei Semplici is located within the Oglio Nord park, less than 1 km from the Cremona bank of the river, just 20 km from Cremona and 38 km from Brescia. Here reedbeds and poplar groves frame the crops, furrowed by ditches and tree-lined headlands.

The Property: La Corte dei Semplici is born in a sixteenth century historical residence with a closed court, which in the 17th century was owned by the Cremonese family of Vida-Pisenati, of which coat of arms traces remain on the entrance portal.

The old farmhouse was restored in 2008, respecting the original structure, materials and ambiences, favoring the recovery of memory: once as today, the farm becomes a center of culture and life.

The Hortus, the productive heart of the farm, which grows with biological methods, is the reconstruction with new meanings of an ancient landscape of vegetable gardens, aromatic herbs, including saffron, and fruit trees of recent and ancient varieties.
The organic products of the Hortus enrich the typical cuisine of unique flavors for freshness and taste in all seasons of the year, even in winter when the preserves of the Hortus like in oil vegetables, fruit chutney and dehydrated fruits set the table of colors and characteristic aromas.
With its wide courtyard, the shady wisteria pergola, the monumental limes, the spacious rooms of the Granary and the vaulted ceilings of the ancient Horse Stables, La Corte dei Semplici offers lunches, parties, receptions, meetings, seminars and cultural initiatives in one frame of refined atmosphere and elegance both inside and outside in the courtyard.

Rooms:  The farmhouse also offers hospitality in the rooms, with striking panoramic views on the park and the courtyard, are also renovated to maintain the original construction features, cared for in detail and characterized by furnishings that emphasize the historical theme.

The Restaurant: The property has a large salon with a wonderful glass and iron staircase, other adjoining rooms, also used for aperitifs and music listening, a large courtyard of 1600sqm with garden furniture and two porticoes.

Among typical dishes we find: Local cold cuts, seasonal Risottos, Fresh pasta with zucchini and saffron pistils, Crespelle with radicchio and cheese and Cannelloni with herbs. As for the second courses: Beef with Walnuts, Sliced beef with boiling oil with fresh and grilled vegetables from the Hortus, cheeses, Preserves and home-made Cremona fruit chutney. Desserts: Currant parfait, Sbrisolosa, fruit tarts.

Surroundings

Mantua

Mantua is located on the bank of the river Mincio, where the waters form a deep bend that embraces the Lombard city on three sides.

You will have the best and most exciting view of the city from the Ponte San Giorgio, where you can admire one of the most beautiful skyline in the world.

The red of the sunset and the reflection in the waters of the Palazzo Ducale, the dome of Sant’Andrea and the bell towers will give the city that touch of elegance.

Mantua owes its splendor to the Gonzaga family, of peasant origins, who from 1328 to 1707 became first lords, then marquises and finally dukes of the city.

Lovers of art, literature and music, the Gonzagas have made Mantua a jewel of the Italian Renaissance visible from generation to generation in its palaces, monuments, churches, culture and traditions.

Before entering the heart of Mantua, we recommend the first stop at Palazzo Te, a civic museum and an international center of art and culture. The Palace was built in the sixteenth century by the architect Giulio Romano at the behest of the Marquis Federico II Gonzaga, who wanted a house for amusement, entertainment and to receive distinguished guests. It will be easy for you to immerse yourself in the splendor of a past time with large halls, gardens, stables and secret passages. In the Great Hall of Horses, Giants and Love and Psyche you will feel like you are in a surreal and mythological atmosphere. Federico II Gonzaga, thanks to this Palace, in 1530 obtained from Carlo V the noble title of duke.

To understand the prestige acquired by the Gonzaga family in Mantua an absolutely must see is Palazzo Ducale. A unique grandiose monumental and architectural complex located in the north-eastern part of the city, between the ancient Piazza Sordello and the shore of the lower lake. Inside you will retrace a journey through four centuries, from 1320 to 1707, passing from the medieval style to the Renaissance and finally to the neoclassical.

Another symbol of the power of the Gonzaga family is the Castle of San Giorgio incorporated in the Palazzo Ducale. You will find yourself in front of a square-shaped building formed by four corner towers and surrounded by a moat with three doors and drawbridges. In one of the towers the Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna has given vent to his creativity in the Camera Picta, called Camera degli Sposi. Inside the room you will feel observed by the various painted figures, overlooking from the famous perspective oculus and gazing downwards.

Cremona

In the heart of the Po Valley is Cremona, a small and pretty city famous all over the world for some excellences such as luthier making, immaterial heritage of humanity according to UNESCO and the nougat.
Cremona is also known as the city of the three Ts, even if there is no single school of thought to identify what these three Ts actually stand for. The only certainty is the first T is unanimously recognized as “turòon” (nougat). On the other two, instead, a dispute is in progress since the dawn of time: the second may be “Turàs” (Torrazzo, the very tall bell tower) or generically towers, while the last T could be “tetàs” (big tits!) or “Tugnàs” (Tognazzi).

The center of Cremona revolves around the Piazza del Comune, where all the main attractions of the city are located. At the Duomo the entrance, from 7:30/8:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00/15:30 to 19:00, is free; the façade is symmetrical and elegant while the interior is majestic and has a very high ceiling.

To enjoy a superb view that sweeps from the city’s red roofs to the green Po Valley crossed by the meanders of the Po river, from the Alps to the Apennines you have to climb the Torrazzo, the tallest historic bell tower in Italy, which with its 112 meters of height dominates the city. In a room inside the Torrazzo you have the opportunity to see a video that explains the complicated and fascinating mechanism of the astronomical clock, one of the largest in the world with a diameter of 8,2 meters (27 ft), 8,4 meters counting the frame (which is more than a meter larger than the Big Ben clock in London).

It is precisely in Cremona that the violin reached its maximum development. In 1530 the lutist Andrea Amati made violins with a sound quality far superior to that of the “ordinary” violins of the time, so as to allow him to gain a fast popularity in the royal courts of all Europe. Then it was Antonio Stradivari, a student of Amati’s nephew, who brought the expertise of this craft to unparalleled levels. Thanks to these exceptional luthiers Cremona has become the world capital of the violin, where the most performing and refined violins are still made today.

There are two essential places not to be missed: the Violin Museum, a fascinating and exciting journey to discover five centuries of Cremonese violin making between art, craftsmanship, creativity and tradition, and the home of the most famous Cremonese in the world … the lutist Antonio Stradivari.
The small apartment where he lived with his first wife (Stradivari had two wives and 10 children!) is located in Corso Garibaldi 57, in front a statue was placed in honor of the Master.
To visit the house you have to go to the shop downstairs and admission is free.

There are two exquisite and typically Cremonese products that you absolutely must try: nougat and fruit mustard. Through the streets of the center there are numerous historical shops that will make your mouth water. The most historic shop of all is Sperlari in via Solferino 25, the oldest shop in the city, established in 1836.

Sigurtà Garden Park

The Sigurtà Garden Park is a naturalistic park of about 60 hectares and is located in Valeggio sul Mincio, in the province of Verona. It won the second place at the European Garden Award 2015 and won the award “The Most Beautiful Garden of Italy” 2013.

In spring the Sigurtà park is colored with tulips, while from May to September the avenue of roses has at least 30.000 flowers. Then the labyrinth and 18 bodies of water surrounded by immense green fields.

It can be visited on foot or by bike, dogs are not allowed, but there is a service agreement with two nearby guesthouses where you can leave your pets safe. Among the statues, monuments and buildings are many things to visit.

The Labyrinth: the tower that stands in the center of the maze is inspired by that of the park of Bois de Boulogne in Paris. From the top you can admire the geometric shapes of the labyrinth and the natural scenery of the garden.

The colors of the Aquatic Gardens seem to come out of an impressionist painting. In the water the Scala family Castle is reflected, magically surrounded by water lilies.
The big oak tree is one of the most popular attractions because with its four centuries of age is the oldest plant in the garden, the educational farm houses donkeys, sheep, hens, ducks and turkeys.
The Box trees are one of the characteristics of the Sigurtà Park, cured by the gardeners who create bushes with particular and bizarre shapes.
The Castelletto is a crenellated building with neogothic windows built by the Marquis Antonio Maffei. In the last century round tables, scientific and literary meetings were held here. It has hosted many scientists and Nobel prizes.
Every spring in the avenue of roses more than 30 thousand Queen Elizabeth and Hybrid Polyantha & Floribunda roses bloom. An unmissable show!
Inside the Park the Sigurtà family has cultivated 40 different plants with therapeutic properties contained in the Officinal Garden, in the center there is a statue of a lion that watches over the herbs created by the sculptor Giuseppe Brigoni.
The Great Grassy Carpet is the widest expanse of the whole Park made of ponds surrounded by weeping willows, while among the waters water lilies and hibiscus emerge.

Borghetto di Valeggio sul Mincio

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Borghetto di Valeggio One of the most beautiful villages in Italy is Borghetto di Valeggio sul Mincio, a handful of houses built in circa 1400 around water mills.

It is very small, but what loses in size gains in charm: you visit everything on foot, there are particular shops and restaurants overlooking the river, very clean, never seen a paper on the ground and I do not know if it is the inhabitants to keep everything so clean or if we tourists are gifted of civic conscience in front of such a medieval spectacle (I like to think that it is the second hypothesis!).

Here it is all romantic: tortellini are called “knot of love” and are celebrated in June at a party on the Visconti Bridge, where more than 3,000 diners, both Italian and foreign, are seated along two tables of about 600 meters.

The Legend of the Love Knot At the end of the 14th century the lord of Milan Giangaleazzo Visconti stood with his troops on the banks of the river Mincio. In the camp set up for the night the fool Gonnella told the soldiers of a local legend: the river was populated with beautiful nymphs that went out at night to dance, but that a curse had condemned to turn into horrid witches.

During that same night the witch-nymphs came out and began to dance among the sleeping soldiers; the captain of the guards Malco, however, was on watch and suddenly stood up and chased one; wriggling, the witch lost her coat revealing a beautiful nymph, Silvia. The two fell for each other and swore eternal love; before returning to the river the nymph gave Malco a golden handkerchief as a pledge of love. The following evening, during the celebrations, amid the dancers Malco recognized Silvia that, for love, had pushed herself among the men.

But the looks that the two exchanged made jealous Isabella, noble lady in love with the captain, who denounced Silvia as a witch. The guards intervened to arrest her, but Malco allowed the nymph to escape. Imprisoned, the captain received Isabella’s visit the same night, askeing him for forgiveness. At that time also Silvia appeared and proposed to the beloved the only possible escape route: not by land but in the waters of the river! The two went to the Mincio pursued by the guards of the Visconti: when even the lord of Milan came near the river, he found only the golden silk handkerchief knotted by the two lovers to seal their love.
Today we remember the story of the two lovers by pulling a thin silk-like paste, knotted like a golden handkerchief and enriched with a delicate filling … so was born the tortellino of Valeggio sul Mincio.

Sirmione

The gateway to the city of Sirmione is the gate of the Scala Castle, majestic and fascinating, built around the eighth century probably above some Roman remains, it is one of the most complete and best preserved castles in Italy. The dovetail battlements between the towers and the imposing wall rather than defense seem to have been built as ornaments that embellish the view of the lake, as soon as you get there it’s impossible to resist the temptation to photograph it from every angle.

To be seen is Jamaica Beach: follow the road until you reach the end of the historic center following the signs for the Grotte di Catullo, on the left after the climb, through the gate of a bar with a spectacular view. You will come to this strange beach where instead of the tropical sea there is the Sirmione Lake, characterized by emerging stone slabs, this conformation allows you to walk or soak in the shallow water that forms pools suitable for children play.

A trip to Sirmione can not be considered as such without a boat trip to the nearby islands.
At about twenty minutes of navigation, like a mirage, the Isola dei Conigli appears between the blue waters of the lake. Uninhabited and really very photogenic, it is so called because the only inhabitants are precisely the rabbits.

To relax with thermal baths visit Aquaria, the Thermal Spa of Terme di Sirmione.
An oasis of well-being immersed in a large park, where you can experience intense moments of pleasure all year round, day or evening, alternating the sensory experiences of thermal water, steam and heat with pampering personalized treatments. Immersed in the thermal water and in the splendid view of Lake Garda that touches Aquaria with the enchantment of its sunsets, guests find beauty, balance and harmony.

Over 10,000 square meters of well-being, of which 700 of thermal water between pools, whirlpools, effervescent beds, saunas, steam baths, emotional showers. Rich in mineral salts and trace elements, the sulphurous salsobromoiodic water is precious for the skin and for the whole organism. Its temperature, always between 34 and 36 degrees Celsius, allows you to enjoy the beautiful outdoor pools even in winter and its exfoliating properties prepare the skin for tanning in the summer seasons.

Grazzano Visconti

The village of Grazzano Visconti was designed and built in the early 1900s by the Duke Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone with refined scenographic taste and great sophistication in details and decorations.
Ancient documents testify to the existence of an inhabited center in 1300 and, in fact, the name Grazzano derives from a “Graccus Graccianum”, owner, in those distant years, of lands in this locality.

Towards the end of the 15th century Gian Galeazzo Visconti, with an edict in Pavia, granted to his natural daughter Beatrice, former spouse of the Piacenza nobleman Giovanni Anguissola, permission to build a castle, which in the following centuries was the scene of several feats of arms, as a fief of the nobles Anguissola. This important family from Piacenza kept possession of the manor house in 1884, when Countess Fanny, born Visconti and married Anguissola, lost her husband and her only son leaving the property to her brother Guido Visconti, of the branch of the Milanese County of Modrone.

By the work of Duke Giuseppe Visconti, the Biscione (the heraldic charge of the Visconti family) returns to Grazzano and the village, from a nucleus of hovels and old stalls adjacent to a ruined castle, becomes a village in the neo-medieval style.

The towers of the castle assume the imposing typical of the Visconti fortress, loggias and walkways complete with Ghibelline battlements, the brick facades become more harmonious and severe with graffiti and decorations characteristic of Lombard taste. A luxuriant frame of centuries-old trees, statues, avenues and fountains, make up the large park, while on the outside there are buildings that correspond in all respects to the stylistic lines of the first centuries after 1000; the architectural relationships are harmonious and pleasant and the various elements of the urban furniture – fountains, balconies, windows, columns, coats of arms and inscriptions – are wisely placed.

The Gost A perfume, a fleeting vision, a light breath. Every enchanted place has its ghost. What hangs around Grazzano Visconti is the ghost of a lady, whose name is rich in poetry: Aloisa … her story has been handed down by the stories of the people, who have always respected her presence and the memory of her sad destiny: wife of a militia captain, she was betrayed by her husband and died of jealousy and pain.
Since then her spirit wanders in these places.
One day the spirit of Aloisa manifested itself to the Duke Giuseppe, who was a medium, and guided his hand to draw her portrait: the woman of round shapes, not tall and with her arms folded represented in different statues of Grazzano Visconti is just her, Aloisa.
It is not a hostile spirit, asks for affection and smiles, and says “I am Aloisa and I bring Love and perfume to the Belles that give their smile to Grazzano Visconti”.
Over time she has become the protector of lovers and many visitors offer flowers and small gifts, to console her, who was not lucky in love.

PRICE LIST

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from 20 June to 10 July;
from 17 July to 23 September;
from 5 October to 20 October;
from 30 October to 8 November;
from 15 November to 30 November;
from 15 March to 31 March;
from 9 April to 23 May

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 430 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from 20 June to 10 July;
from 17 July to 23 September;
from 5 October to 20 October;
from 30 October to 8 November;
from 15 November to 30 November;
from 15 March to 31 March;
from 9 April to 23 May

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 660 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd and 4th bed €70 per 3 nights stay per person
  • 3rd and 4th bed €95 per 4 nights stay per person
  • Pets allowed with fee
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Sale of typical products

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from 20 June to 10 July;
from 17 July to 23 September;
from 5 October to 20 October;
from 30 October to 8 November;
from 15 November to 30 November;
from 15 March to 31 March;
from 9 April to 23 May

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 690 per couple

€ 590 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from 20 June to 10 July;
from 17 July to 23 September;
from 5 October to 20 October;
from 30 October to 8 November;
from 15 November to 30 November;
from 15 March to 31 March;
from 9 April to 23 May

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 790 per couple

€ 740 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd and 4th bed €70 per 3 nights stay per person
  • 3rd and 4th bed €95 per 4 nights stay per person
  • Pets allowed with fee
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Sale of typical products

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