LONATO DEL GARDA, AT THE HOUSE OF THE PODESTÀ

The illustrious personality of Lonato is Ugo da Como (1869-1941, Senator and President in the 1920s of what would later become Social Security: INPS in the Italian system). Man of great culture, in 1906 he acquired for 1000 lire the House of the Podestà, a Venetian Gothic building of the 1500s which, for various vicissitudes, ended up in an auction. 

The Senator began to gather in his home works of art, books, objects of various eras ranging from the Roman period to the 1900s, so that it became a house-museum. The collection of books takes the lion’s share of the fame for its vastness; there are 52,000 volumes. As a matter of fact, he had also written. “I will never be able to satiate my appetite for books”.The people of Lonato are keen to note that scholars from all over the world come to consult the books of the Senator. A curious fact: in the room used as an “office”, look closely at the lady in the painting behind the desk. The noblewoman is Cristina of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, a lover of science and fascinated by Galileo Galilei, from whom in 1615 she had received the famous letter where the scientist defends his ideas and judges them as not in conflict with the Bible. It is a pity that the correspondence between the two ended up in the wrong hands and from there the story is well known...

Lonato del Garda in 4 steps

Within the HOUSE OF THE PODESTÀ there is a LIBRARY built with materials from the 1400s and 1500s ...

The row of battlements of the FORTRESS OF LONATO (ROCCA) that overlooks the town is fascinating in its 55 metres of height ...

THE GRANDIOSE PAINTING by Andrea Celesti (1637-1712) with the scene of the Virgin and Saint John the Baptist who beg Jesus ...

Not far from Lonato (4 km) is the BENEDICTINE ABBEY OF MAGUZZANO, destroyed in 922 by the Hungarians ...

Questions and Answers

Having a long tradition is the ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE MARKET of Lonato ...

If you want to try the thrill of a spin in a go-kart, SOUTH GARDA KARTING in Lonato is for you ...

Near the House of the Podestà there is a spot called LA ROCCA CONTESA, restaurant/pizzeria which has a musica ...

The beach of Lonato is famous for COCO BEACH, a beach that becomes ...

To taste the typical specialties of the area (fish, mushrooms, truffles, game) there are two addresses ...

If you aren’t getting “tipped off" by someone there, it’s not likely that you will find TRATTORIA SAN CIPRIANO ...

Giovanna Prandini, together with her brother, is the soul of CANTINA PERLA DEL GARDA in Lonato ...

The report of Lonato del Garda