Overlooking the shores of Lake Iseo and close to Brescia, Bergamo and Milan, the Franciacorta area is nestled right in the heart of Lombardy. A stunning region with its backdrop of hills, Lombardy overlooks the Rhaetian Alps. There are scenes straight out of country life here; a laid-back pace and seasons that play out on nature’s great stage.
Franciacorta is easy to reach and to get around, being so close to Brescia, whose amazing Roman ruins are worth discovering in their own right. Franciacorta is synonymous with grapevines planted in times gone by. Discoveries of prehistoric grape seeds and archaeological findings all across the Franciacorta area are testament to this, as well as various testimonies from classical writers such as Pliny, Columella and Virgil.
The origins of the name have sparked many unconfirmed rumours. Legend has it that Charlemagne came to Franciacorta to battle the Lombards and was so captivated by the landscape which resembled his homeland, that he called the area “piccola Francia” (small France).
The most substantiated theory is that Franciacorta was a free (‘franca’) zone, exempt from taxes and customs, as it was tasked with cultivating vineyards belonging to the church. As the clergymen were carrying out arduous work in the community, they were exempt from taxes due to the French courts. From this time onwards, the area was nicknamed “Franciacorta.”
A charming, small town in the northeast Franciacorta area. Ome is a hilly town, with valley features and countryside planted with vines. The Majolini property and business was established here. Characteristic, cosy, timeless and steeped in peaceful tradition, Ome has several tourist attractions.
The gardens are in the Fus Valley and can be reached by foot from the centre of the Valle district in Ome in 20 minutes, following the Gandovere stream. Plants from the seven conifer families from all across the world can be found in the gardens (Pinaceae, Taxodiaceae, Cupressaceae, Taxaceae, Cephalotaxaceae, Araucariaceae, Podocarpaceae). There are 82 species and each plant has at least two specimens. It is a magical wood, where you can relish a moment of peace, play or study. There is an equipped picnic area.
the sanctuary is located on the north side of the Cerezzata di Ome hamlet (Brescia), at the start of the hills that lead to the Alps. This church is the restoration of an older church, probably carried out by the Cluniac monks of Rodengo and was preceded by other religious and military buildings. It was renovated to its present form in 1510.