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Located in the historical Franciacorta area, Cellatica is situated just a few km away from Brescia and, thanks to its climate rendered more favourable by the hills surrounding it, is one of the most sought after towns of the area. The name of the municipality derives almost certainly from the Latin "cella", perhaps for wine, referring to the production of wine for which the town has always been renowned. The locality boasts the excellent quality "Cellatica doc" red wine and the "vernaccia di Cellatica".
Concerning the history of Cellatica, the hypothesis of pre-Roman settlements is considered to be most valid, following the discovery of Roman epigraphies on the ancient road which led from the town to the Sebino and to the Valle Camonica. In 1439, Cellatica suffered serious damages inflicted by the Milanese troops fighting for the conquest of Brescia; only around 1500 did the town attain a certain well-being and some buildings of great interest were constructed, amongst which: the Church of San Giorgio (Saint George), containing a canvas portraying Saint George on horseback and the dragon, work of Francesco Paglia.
The della Stella Sanctuary is of considerable interest, built according to tradition in the place where the Madonna with the Child appeared to a shepherd, it preserves in its interior a piece by Romanino. Amongst the town buildings, it is possible to admire: Palazzo Covi, Palazzo Sala, Palazzo Pulusella, Villa Martinengo, Villa Comini and Casa Boroni. Cellatica has been included in the Colline di Brescia Park both for its environmental and for its landscape characteristics.
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