wcbip / wcbe 2016

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Gala Dinner

Monday May 9, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Castello di Vincigliata, Fiesole
Price: 80 € including VAT and transport from/to Florence Santa Maria Novella Square, railway station side - details are communicated few days before the event.

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The Castle


The first document about Vincigliata is a contract that war registred in archivies of Florence in the year 1031 by the family Vinsdomini, then owners. Later, it passed to the family Alessandri that hold it for three hundred years.
The decline started in the 17th century, the castle was sold, gambled away and gradually went to rack and ruin.
In 1840 Lord John Temple leader was exploring the hill of Fiesole, when he came upon the overgrown ruin of a medieval castle. He instantly felt in love with it and decided to restore it to its former glory. Of the many stories he uncovered, Sir John especially covered the one about Donna Bianca.
Sir John decided that Vincigliata was a perfect place to host his many noble friends. With the help of a young architect Fancelli, he started the daunting task of restoration. In pure spirit of renaissance patronage, he commissioned 80 masons, artisans, sculptors,glassmakers and antiquarians and with their help, Vincigliata was reborn after 10 years of work.
Today, Vincigliata Castle continues in the spirit of Sir John Temple leader, as a place of ispiration and a centre for all kinds of social and cultural gatherings, creating unforgettable evenings within its magic atmosphere.


Bianca was a pretty girl admired and courted by men for her beauty, but her heart belonged to one man only.
He was the son of the family's arch-enemy, but their love seamed to family feud.
The day of the wedding, Bianca went up to the tower awaiting the arrival of her spouse, but she saw signed her destiny.
Riding towards his future wife he was assailed by his brothers and killed in front of Bianca's eyes.
The story goes that Bianca died of broken heart, dressed still in her white wedding dress. Since that day the spirit of Bianca roams among the walls of the castle, and she protects all love, especially the impossible ones.