The Podestà's house
Lonato lies in the immediate Brescia hinterland of Lake Garda, a town of ancient origins, an unmissable destination for the most demanding visitors in search of art and culture.
In addition to the elegant baroque cathedral, the Rocca is the symbol of Lonato: visible everywhere, it stands out for its size which defines its powerful architectural structure and is one of the most extensive fortifications in Lombardy, a national monument from the 1912.
The Rocca overlooks the hill and defines the monumental complex of the Ugo Da Como Foundation, established in 1942 by the Senator from Brescia who wanted to create a pleasant place of culture here. Ugo Da Como (Brescia 1869-1941) bought the fifteenth-century house of the Venetian podestà and chose it as his home, filling it with extraordinary objects arranged according to a taste common to the ruling class of the Giolittian age. The Foundation is located right in the Senator's House-museum, which is included among the museums recognized by the Lombardy Region precisely because it is kept unchanged.
The access allows you to visit over twenty rooms rich in thousands of objects: hundreds of paintings, wooden furnishings, sculptures, majolica. But what makes one or more visits to the Ugo Da Como Foundation truly unmissable is the presence of one of the most important private libraries in Italy. In addition to his constant passion for life, the Senator from Brescia was a tireless collector, cultured and refined bibliophile.
The dwelling in Lonato holds over 52.000 books: manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts, hundreds of incunabula, thousands of 16th century books, bibliographic rarities and autographs by Ugo Foscolo.
This immense cultural heritage is totally available to scholars and has recently been enriched by two extraordinary acquisitions.
The heirs of the architect Antonio and the engineer Giovanni Tagliaferri, called by Ugo Da Como to restore the ancient Casa del Podestà in the Veneto region, donated to the Lonato Foundation an archival heritage consisting of printed volumes that belonged to the Library of the two main protagonists of the Brescia architectural scene between 800 and 900, thousands of drawings and correspondence.
The heirs of Luigi Nocivelli (1930-2006) Knight of the Legion of Honor have instead deposited a collection of bibliographic rarities composed of over 400 editions of illustrated books of architecture dating from the fifteenth and twentieth centuries.
Lonato del Garda deserves the attention of the most attentive visitor, sensitive to culture and beauty.
The Casa del Podestà was built in the mid-fifteenth century, the seat of the representative of Venice, to whom control of the territory was entrusted.
Lonato was under the domination of the Serenissima Republic of Venice by the 1441 for over 350 years, interrupted only by the government of the Marquis Francesco Gonzaga (from the 1509 to the 1516).
When Napoleon ceded Venice to Austria, the Casa del Podestà first became the property of the Austrian state and later to the municipality of Lonato who completely disregarded the building.
The Casa del Podestà - Ugo Da Como Foundation was purchased in 1906 at a public auction by the liberal lawyer and deputy Ugo Da Como who, aware of the historical importance of the place, had it completely "restored" by the most important Brescia architect: Antonio Tagliaferri (1835-1909).
The intent was to restore the ancient dignity of the Venetian building by providing it with a series of suitable furnishings that made it a home-museum to be lived in, according to a very widespread fashion between the 800th and 900th centuries.
The Casa del Podestà was initially lived mainly during the summer by Ugo Da Como († 1941) and his wife Maria Glisenti († 1944). The identity of this bourgeois home, inhabited until 1944, has remained unchanged until today.
La Today the house is part of a monumental complex of extraordinary beauty, dominated by the grandiose Visconti-Venetian fortress.
The services of the Casa del Podestà
Weddings: Location € 2000 / 5000 - Reception € 100 / 110 per guest - Civil ceremony with legal validity € 750 (on request personalized quotations)
Corporate events: Location € 2000 / 5000 - Gala dinner € 80 / 100 per guest (on request personalized quotations)
La Casa-Museo del Podestà and Library they are open every day, from 10 to 12 and from 14.30 to 18.30.
Entrance fee cost: Full € 6,00 (including the guided tour) - € 3,00 € reduced (under 12 and over 65)
La Rocca and Museum Street number Ornithological they are open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 12 and from 14.30 to 18.30 (other days by appointment); from 1 June to 30 September, every day from 10 to 18.30.
Entrance fee cost: Full € 5,00 (free visit) - € 2,00 reduced (under 12 and over 65)
It is possible to buy the cumulative ticket which includes the guided tour of the House-Museum of the Podestà and the Library and the free visit to the Viscontean fortress of Veneto and to the Museum Street number Ornithological.
Entrance fee cost: Full € 8,00 - Reduced € 5,00 (under 12 and over 65)