Once a Time

A majestic Neo-Renaissance country house developed on Bellavista hill at the end of the 19th century, L’Albereta was the private home of lawyer Giovanni Cavalleri and his wife Anna, musician and great art and painting enthusiast, who lived here next to the home of their gardener, Leone. This building also now forms part of the hotel structure.

A benefactor in the truest sense of the word, Donna Anna transformed the villa into a kind of Academy of the Arts. In the main tower she developed a "Music Room" with two pianos, an organ, a flute, mandolins and accordions. Beethoven and Chopin were her favourite composers, and she also loved poetry, leaving original little works inspired by this and other places she visited.

Her love of travelling brought her into contact with artists from all over the world, many of whom became frequent guests at the villa.

These included famous pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and artists Morselli, Bianchi and Gerolamo Calca, a painter of rural life with a highly celebrated expressionist style, who decorated one of the walls of the villa with an excellent fresco of the grape harvest in Franciacorta.

For many years the Cavalleri house therefore represented an important reference point for the northern Italian artistic and cultural scene of the first half of the 20th century, a hotbed of new ideas and continuous artistic creativity in the areas of poetry, the pictorial arts and music.

Upon the death of the lawyer and his wife, the house was bequeathed to a niece who, at a certain point, decided to put it up for sale as she was unable to look after it properly.

As soon as he found out that the home was on the market, Terra Moretti Group Chairman Vittorio Moretti, aware of its charm and great value since his childhood, decided that this little jewel, tucked away in the heart of Franciacorta just a stone’s throw from his own home and his first winery, Bellavista, would become his own.