CastelBrando, Cison di Valmarino
Located on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the medieval village of Cison di Valmarino, CastelBrando is a sight to behold - one of the largest and oldest surviving castles in Europe. Originally built as a defensive fortress in early Roman times, the castle has six museums and is a popular tourist attraction, welcoming visitors every day who arrive on the panoramic funicular railway from the valley below. As well as the visitor rooms, church and museums, which are open to the public, CastelBrando has been transformed into a hotel, with guestrooms, suites and apartments located throughout the castle complex. There is also a superb spa with an indoor swimming pool, hydro massage, sauna, fitness room and a Turkish steam bath built within an ancient Roman structure. The castle-hotel also has a celebrated restaurant, a family pizzeria and a selection of wine bars and pubs. There are also a number of outside terraces which overlook the castle's beautiful manicured gardens and have views of the village and the stunning valley in which it sits.