At Lonato, an antique village in the rocky hills extending southward from Garda Lake in the territory of Brescia, there is the fifteenth century “House of the Chief Magistrate” (Podestà). Having become the residence of Senater Ugo da Como (1869-1941) in the 20th century, today it is an evocative historic house museum in which the elegant furnishings and precious objects collected by him are preserved. A pleasant garden forms the house’s flowery frame.

Not far from the lake’s shores, on Garda’s island an extraordinary and majestic villa in Venetian Neo-Gothic can be admired. Outside, a large park, sloping down to the lake, terraces and Italian-style gardens ornamented with vigorous and rare vegetation add to the villa’s appeal.

Another historic residence of significant interest is at Calvagese della Riviera, a little center situated on the slopes near the southwestern shore of the lake. It is a seventeenth-century mansion, now the seat of the Fondazione Luciano Sorlini, named after a Brescian businessman (1925-2015) who was a passionate collector. In this building, he wanted to situate the rich collections – mostly Venetian paintings of the eighteenth century by such artists as Tiepolo, Guardi, Canaletto, Carriera,… – he had gathered. Today, the exhibition spaces make up the MarteS – the Museum of Art Sorlini – open to the public since March 2018 according to the wishes of the founder, who in this way wanted to favor and disseminate the knowledge of art and to highlight its value.

Visits (in Italian) of the Fondazione Ugo da Como, Villa sull’Isola del Garda and the Fondazione Luciano Sorlini: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Cultural guide: Rosa Maria Bruni Fossati
Departure place and time for the bus: 7:45 A.M., outside of the Mario Pagano stop of the subway
Estimated bus return: about 7:30 P.M., Mario Pagano subway stop

Participation fee for Friends of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum Association: €110.00 (fee includes: tickets, bus trip, lunch; non-members may join the association to participate in the event)
April 17: Deadline to confirm one’s place by paying the fees

Events may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants hasn’t been reached.

All events, unless otherwise specified, are reserved for Friends of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum members with current valid membership cards and for active volunteers at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum.

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02 7600 6132

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