CastelBrando Museum – Cison di Valmarino
Weapons, costumes, musical instruments and carriages in a castle in Veneto. All year long
CastelBrando is a fascinating mix of periods and styles, and one of the oldest and largest castles in Europe.
Inside the Roman fortress, there is CastelBrando Museum, a true story keeper enabling visitors to take a trip back in time, a journey through history that develops through the majestic entrance staircase, the noble rooms, the seventeenth-century halls and the “Hall of Emblems,” up until the terraces and gardens overlooking the enchanting Prosecco wine hills.
The museum is open all year round and is divided into 6 areas hosting pictorial and thematic exhibitions.
Outdoor areas, accessible to anyone:
– Historical carriages – placed in the castle’s eighteenth-century cryptoporticus, are exposed carts and carriages built between the 18th and the 19th century. Among them, there is also an accurately reproduced Roman biga. The carriages tell the story and evolution of means of transport up until the invention of cars.
Inside the castle: 2 sections are open with free entry during the opening hours of La Fucina Pizzeria Restaurant and Ottone Wine Cellar.
– Back to the past sounds – history and evolution of musical instruments from ancient times to Baroque period. Complete and semi-finished instruments are accompanied by pictures and descriptions.
– The via Romana Claudia Augusta – iconographic path investigating the story of the ancient Claudia Augusta road, linking the Adriatic Sea to the Danube. The road was named after Emperor Claudius who completed it around 47AD.
The other 3 sections can be visited just by guided tours:
– CastelBrando weapons – exhibition of weapons and armours from the Roman Empire to the eighteenth century.
– Power and justice – tour of the Castle’s old prisons where visitors can feel in the different spaces the mood of a trial of the end of the 17th century.
– The costumes of the powerful – in San Martino Church’s sacristy, it is possible to some of the most representative historical figures of the territory and of the castle are presented by multimedia effects: Emperor Claudius, who built Via Claudia Augusta, the Doge Marin Falier, Da Camino’s family… Through their costumes and their stories, visitors can recreate part of the Veneto history.
For these 3 sections, the castle offers two guided itineraries:
– Route A (1 hour): tour of the indoor and outdoor areas and of the castle and of the museum sections “CastelBrando in Arms” and “Power and Justice”, Cost: € 8.00 per person.
– Route B (1 hour and a half): tour of the indoor and outdoor areas of the castle and of 3 museum sections “CastelBrando in Arms”, “Power and Justice”, “The costumes of Power” in the Church of San Martino. Cost: € 10.00 per person.
Children under 5 for free, aged 6-11 50% discount
From Monday to Saturday, by reservation only (group of minimum 5 people)
For reservations please call +39 0438 976611 from Monday to Friday, between 9 am to 1 pm.
For groups of less than 5 people booking a guided tour from Monday to Saturday, flat rate of 40 € for route A and 50€ for route B.
On Sundays and holidays – opening hours and info for guided tours
From April to September: 10.30 am > 12.00 pm and 3 pm > 7 pm
From October to March: 10.30 am > 12.00 pm and 3 pm > 6 pm
During the opening hours, a guide is available for a group reaching a minimum of 4 people.
For info and reservations please call +39 0438 976611 or +39 0438 9761 or send an emailGo to the website CastelBrando Museum – Cison di Valmarino