In the middle of the countryside near Lake Garda, the Convento dell’Annunciata di Medole, is a sophisticated choice to suit anyone who loves large, traditional gardens and seeks a period home to enjoy an event in contemporary style.
This is the ideal location for wedding receptions, company parties and private celebrations far from the false luxury so frequently found in today’s wedding business. It combines the height of Italian elegance with an air of simplicity; attention to detail and formal precision with a touch of spontaneity.
Civil wedding ceremonies can be held at the venue and are legally recognised.
The fifteenth century convent was renovated after many years of neglect and its extensive gardens were planned according to strict environmental criteria. Both projects met with many artistic and ecological challenges. The result is extremely satisfying – hares, herons, squirrels and foxes appear to appreciate the natural habitat that has been returned to them. We have also received the seal of approval from prestigious publications such as Vogue and Corriere della Sera, where the Convento dell’Annunciata has been defined as “breathtakingly beautiful”.
The Convento dell’ Annunciata belongs to the Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane ( Italian Historical Homes Association ), which safeguards and promotes historical buildings and gardens, conserving them for future generations.
The Convento dell’Annunciata never hosts more than one event per day.
The Convento dell’Annunciata di Medole was founded in 1455 thanks to a donation given to the Hermits of Saint Augustine, consisting of a small private church with a house and vegetable garden. Over the centuries the convent grew in importance. On 28 June 1543 Holy Roman Emperor Charles V visited the convent and gave the monks a magnificent, silver-bound book of hours. Another illustrious visitor was San Luigi Gonzaga, who was extremely devoted to the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary kept by the friars.
Situated on the dividing line between Medole and Castel Goffredo, the convent was the subject of a 160-year-long, often violent dispute between two branches of the Gonzaga family.
In 1783, during the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, the convent was closed and the property has since been handed down to the current owners.
In 1885 Giuseppe Sarto, the future Pope Pius X, visited the church and granted Francesco Ceni the right to celebrate mass there.
In 1994 the film director Rondalli from Ermanno Olmi’s “Ipotesi Cinema” group, shot “Quam Mirabilis” at the Convento dell’Annunciata. This short film won a special mention for best acting at the Kiev “Molodist” festival and the Dunkerque festival (1995), as well as a mention for the best director at “Sulmona Cinema 94” and the judges’ special prize at the Messina festival.
The Convento dell’Annunciata is located in an area rich in natural beauty and artistic treasures, which appeal to an international clientele. It is close to Lake Garda, the rolling Moreniche hills, Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, Mantova, the renaissance capital of the Gonzaga, and Brescia, famous for its Roman and Longobard remains. The surrounding countryside is dotted with castles, medieval villages, renaissance villas, ancient churches with major art treasures and breathtaking landscapes to discover beyond the usual tourist destinations.
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