the Phantom
of the Castle

La DAMA BIANCA, the Phantom of the Castle

A mysterious legend is told in Padernello, a ghost lives within the Castle's rooms.

Biancamaria Martinengo lived during the XV century. She was the daughter of Count Gaspare, who received the lands of Borgo San Giacomo as a gift from the Venetian Republic. On the evening of the 20th of July 20 a.d.1480, while she was walking on the battlements of the Castle, Biancamaria’s attention shifted to some little magical flying lights.


Excited by the discovery of those sparkling lights, she jumped from the battlements, trying to reach them. At the age of 14, Biancamaria disappeared into the dark waters of the moat. Biancamaria Martinengo becomes La Dama Bianca who returns every ten years on the night of her death. She appears on the great staircase with a book in her hand. A book that contains her secret.

A secret which makes her wander continually.


  • Fondazione Castello di Padernello
    Via Cavour, 1 Padernello
    25022 Borgo San Giacomo (Bs)
  • +39 030 9408766
    during office hours
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Opening Times

  • From Tuesday to Friday
    9.00 - 12.00 / 14.30 - 17.30
    10.30 - 12.00 / 14.30 - 17.30
    10.30 - 12.00 / 14.30 - 18.30
  • You can visit the Castle only with guided tours
    Reservation required
    Last entry: 1h 30 min. before closing time


  • Guided tour to the Castle and exhibition
    full ticket: € 7,50
    reduced ticket: € 5,00
    (from 13 to 25 years old)
    Free entry: children under 12
  • Ticket fare can change due to the presence of an exhibition


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