This location which is near Lake Garda is perfect for your holidays
The Villa San Pietro Bed and breakfast is a recently restored 1600
Villa retaining all of its original character. It is in a particularly
calm location in the centre of Montichiari, 13 km from Desenzano on Lake
Garda and it is run by a young Italian-French couple.
Anna and Jacques shall be delighted to welcome you to stay in their
very large and comfortable rooms: the Salmon Room, the Pink Room, the
Blue Room, and the Loft with private bathroom, antiques, air
conditioning for the summer and central heating for the winter months,
with independent entrance.
At the guests’ disposal there is a frescoed ceiling living room
with a satellite TV, a common area with a fridge, private parking, a
secluded garden with deck chairs and tables, a marbled-columned loggia
where you can read a nice book in the summer nights.
Anna and Jacques speak Italian, English, French, and Spanish fluently
and shall be glad to chat with you and let you know about local
traditions and culture, they will also advise about your daily trips to:
Verona, Lake Garda, Mantova, Sabbioneta, Cremona, Venise, the Botanical
Garden Sigurtà etc.
Five tennis courts and an Olympic swimming pool (indoor &
outdoor) are only 2 minutes walking distance from the Villa.
Two golf courses are located nearby (10 miles & 15 miles), one of
which is a Jack Nicklaus Jr. design.
Breakfast shall be served in the frescoed ceiling room or in the
garden, but most of all, at Villa San Pietro you will find a family
environment, a relaxing atmosphere: Anna and Jacques will do their best
to make your stay unforgettable and let you feel at home away from your
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The Frescoes of 16th Century:
On the 14th of February 2005 we started restoring a new
Our very talented artists indicated that the room was built in the
1500's. They started restoring the central fresco "L'Aurora"
done in the 1800's representing a young lady on a dark cloud going
towards a very clear sky accompanied by 4 cherubs carrying beautifully
decorated flowers. The theme was popular in the 1600's and in Rome there
is a famous painting "L'Aurora" by the painter Guido Reni.
February 24th 2005: restoration is finished.
The 1500's frescoes were a total discovery for us. We never knew
underneath the paint we would have found them! We are now slowly
restoring the upper decorations.
During the restoration works, they scratched the upper walls and
found original frescoes made in the early 1500's, we never knew about
this... we were very excited about this discovery!
The theme is very simple and popular, it represents farmers with
hats, pants up to the knee and boots. The most amazing thing is a marble
effect fresco decoration made on each original arc. It will take a while
but certainly it is worthwhile.
See Image 6 for before and after pictures of the ceiling frescoe.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the sitting room while admiring the
ancient frescoed ceiling or in the garden. Upon request, candlelit
dinners can be served at night.
During the winter months enjoy breakfast in the frescoed ceiling
room. In the summertime, breakfast is served in the garden.
We offer fresh bread, baked daily, delicious homemade yogurt and a
variety of jams. Enjoy cereals, orange juice, tea, coffee, and
Upon request, we offer a five course homemade dinner with our fresh
baked bread. Dinner includes fresh pasta, which we make ourselves,
organic vegetable, and fruit.
Activities Available At Our Villa:
The courtyard of Villa San Pietro is surrounded by a natural setting
of flowering trees and colorful flowers. The Villa has remained within
the family for over 400 years.
- Bike rentals
- Wine courses and tasting.
- Tourist excursions can be organized.
- Covered private parking at no charge is available.
- 3 tennis courts and Olympionic swimming pool (indoor &
outdoor) only 2 minutes walking distance from the Villa.
- Guided paths for mountain biking and running paths along the river
- Facials using the Villa's own, Anna Carera, botanical skincare
- Two golf courses are located nearby (10 miles & 15 miles), one
of which is a Jack Nicklaus Jr. design.
Montichiari is a lovely middle age town of 20,000 people in the
province of Brescia and it offers the 1700 Cathedral of Santa Maria
Assunta, the 1100 Abbey of San Pancrazio, the very elegant 1800 Theatre,
all in wood, the history museum, the archaeological museum and the 1800
Castle Bonoris with its own Park.
See Verona and its arena lyric concerts, Milan and its La Scala
Theatre and the Duomo, the botanical garden and the middle age village
Visit Venice and its beauties, Vicenza and the Palladian Villas,
Cremona and the Stradivari Museum.
Other area attractions include:
Brescia and its museums, churches and castle; the Lake Garda,
Mantova and its Renaissance Gonzaga Palaces, and lots of hidden
beauties we will indicate to you.
Villa San Pietro is located just ten minutes from the largest natural
lake in Italy, Lake of Garda.
Among the charming villages you may visit, Salo' and its
unforgettable Gulf, Desenzano del Garda and its Roman Villa, you will
also enjoy Manerba and its ancient Rock.
There are boat rides available across Lake of Garda where guests can
spend the day exploring the villages, shopping the flea market, or
treating themselves to a day of pampering at the spa.
Full of contrasts, Malcesine is particularly fascinating. There's
Mediterranean flora found in the gardens filled with oleanders and in
the immense olive groves from which a delicate olive oil is obtained.
Further up, the landscape becomes alpine. To pass in a few minutes from
olive trees to the highest peaks of Mount Baldo enjoying the fantastic
panoramic view of the lake, is a unique and unrepeatable experience that
can easily be attained with the cable car that runs from Malcesine to
Tratto Spino. This facility is also used by those who would like to hike
or mountain bike back down the valley, as well as for those who want to
go up in the winter, to enjoy winter sports: there are excellent slopes
for skiing, with the blue of the lake always in sight.
The Castle of Malcesine houses an interesting museum about the
origins, history, and flora and fauna of Lake Garda. From the top of the
castle's tower one may enjoy a magnificent view of the town.
While visiting Sirmione everyone will want to tour the remains of a
magnificent Roman villa "Le Grotte di Catullo." Stop by and
look through the Castle, shop the small & elegant stores, or simply
take a leisurely stroll along the lake. Sirmione is perched on the south
end of Lago di Garda. From the castle at the town entrance, take a
scenic walk up the east side of the peninsula to the Grotto di Catullo.
On a warm day, eat in the garden of the Grifone Ristorante right across
the moat from the castle. Just east of Sirmione is a great restaurant,
Vecchia Lugana, on the road to Peschiera del Garda.
A number of factors contributed to create the present fame which
Sirmione enjoys: the pleasantness of the place, the marvelous landscape,
the mildness of the climate, the poetry of Catullus and of Carducci, the
Scaligeri castle, an absolute jewel of medieval architecture, and the
spring known as "La Boiola" which supplies water for very busy
and modernly equipped thermal baths. The tiny peninsula which runs in a
south to north direction for almost 1.8 miles (3 km) on the blue Benaco,
brings together a number of aspects, interesting from the tourist point
of view, in an area which covers no more than some 247 acres.
The exquisite peninsula of Sirmione lends a serene setting in which
natural and manmade beauty both play a part. The town center manages to
combine a typically medieval atmosphere and layout with a profusion of
shops and excusive boutiques.
Also located near Sirmione in Valeggio sul Mincio is the largest
botanical garden in Europe. There, visitors will marvel at the
breathtaking beauty of the gardens.
We are proud to announce our partnership with the wine cellar and
store, Enoteca Bacco, located in Montichiari. Our friends Marco and
Silvio will be delighted to assist you in choosing wines, liquors, and
champagnes. We will organize special wine courses and tasting according
to your preferences.
The following events are available:
- Dinners prepared by well known chefs, presenting specialties from
the local cuisine of Brescia and Mantua as well as sea fish dinners
with Chef Ivan Broccaioli (only on Wednesday). Each meat or fish
course will be accompanied by a specific wine and the choice will be
explained by Marco and Silvio.
- A short, yet effective course on how to approach the world of
- Chance to participate in our Chateau Club Dinners, only on
Wednesdays, to learn about the matching of food and wine.
- At lunch and dinner, chance to taste a selection of hams, salami,
and cheeses with its specific wine, accompanied by the professional
explanation of Marco and Silvio.
Anna will help with translation when needed.
Language Course Package:
We offer personalized language courses from beginner to advanced in
Italian, English, and French. The courses are held by Anna, official
interpreter and translator, graduate of the University of Bologna. The
course lasts 10 hours, 2 hours for 5 days and includes:
- Conversation skills
- Basic grammar lessons
- Lessons in the written language
- Lessons in the spoken language
- Personalized courses and rates for longer stays and groups are
Facial and Skincare Treatment:
We offer facials and skincare treatments using our own Anna Carera
botanical skincare line sold exclusively at Takashimaya on Fifth
Avenue, one of the most prestigious department stores in New York
City, next to The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden.
Each facial includes:
- deep cleansing
- ampoule treatment
- eye contour treatment
- massage and moisturizing
- ending with a hand massage
Jacques is both French and Italian. He was previously an officer in
the French Army where he served for 9 years.
Anna is Italian and she used to be a Professional Translator and
Interpreter in English, French and Spanish until she started with her
husband this fabulous and fun activity: running a bed and breakfast and opening
their home to the entire world!
After living in France for 3 years, they settled in Montichiari and
started the B&B Villa San Pietro in 1997.
Alex, your host's son, is Italian and French from birth, he is
bilingual and is not doing bad with English... and he loves playing with
his young guests who are most welcome at the villa.
Your last hosts: a bunch of dwarf rabbits which are so cute... you
will love them!!!!