Since 1123

The history of the Abbey of Lucedio is centuries old.

It was founded in 1123 by the Cistercian monks from Burgundy who reclaimed the territory and were the first to introduce rice cultivation in Italy in the mid-1400 s.

Lucedio is the cradle of Italian rice: the Grange territory developed from here with farms that interspersed over the large farming district, obtained thanks to the deforestation and land levelling works.

The geographical position along the Via Francigena was also strategic for the socio-economic development of the Abbey, which became a thriving centre of political power. Three popes visited it during those centuries.

Lucedio was also a cause for Italian dynastic families to clash: passing from the Gonzagas to the Savoys, the Abbey became the property of Napoleon in the early 1800s.

It subsequently passed on to the marquis Giovanni Gozani of San Giorgio, ancestor of the current owner, the countess Rosetta Clara Cavalli d’Olivola Salvadori di Wiesenhoff.

The Principato di Lucedio is now a site of historical and artistic interest that has been able to enhance the territorial context in which it was born.

The Salvadori di Wiesenhoff family personally manages the farm that produces top quality Italian rice: you can visit the fields around the Abbey and the shop where you can buy Principato di Lucedio rice, ready-to-cook risottos with natural ingredients, but also pasta and rice-based baked products.

The Principato di Lucedio is open to the public, according to the calendar indicated on “Visit Lucedio”, but it is also available to host private events, from cultural events to corporate parties, but it is mainly a dream location to organize a classy wedding.

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