• Art & Culture

Ugo da Como Foundation

Set on the green morainic hills of Garda, in the heart of the village of Lonato, stands the monumental complex of the Foundation

Where
Lake Garda

Nestled on the green moraine hills of Lake Garda and the ancient borough of Lonato, the Ugo Da Como Foundation includes the proprierties of Brescia's Senator Ugo da Como (1869-1941), who destined his last home as a place for culture.

Starting in the late Twentieth century, the ancient municipality became the mayor's residence and it is nowadays an important testimony of bourgeois housing style and taste.

The house-museum he built is an eloquent example of collecting preferences of the time. 

The Ugo da Como Foundation offers suggestive guided tours among twenty completely furnished environments, including an extraordinary Library with abouth 52000 books. The rarest, most valuable ones are from the XII e il XIX century, this inculdes a well assorted colelction of drawings and prints, scrolls, various documents and 48 letters by poet Ugo Foscolo to his beloved Brescian countess Marzia Martinengo.

Ugo da Como commissioned a new, curious building in 1923 with the sole purpose of storing this precious book collection. 

It is possible to find during the visit examples of Brescia's school of painting: three frescos by Girolamo Romanino, a tablet by Paolo da Caylina the young, a painting by Luca Mombello and compositions by Giorgio Duranti, plus a rare work by Gaudenzio Botti.

The museum-house and Library are encircled by a lush garden that goes up to the castle, the Visconti-Venetian Fortress, considered by local strategists as a model fortification, praised even by Napoleon Bonaparte. A splendid sight of Lake Garda can be enjoyed from its imposing walls.

The Fortress hosts the Gustavo Adolfo Carlotto Ornithological Museum.

Take me here: Ugo da Como Foundation

Places

PIEVE ROMANICA DI SAN ZENO

Churches at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
PIEVE ROMANICA DI SAN ZENO
250 mt

CASA DEL PODESTÀ UGO DA COMO

Museums at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
CASA DEL PODESTÀ UGO DA COMO
259 mt

Basilica minore of Lonato

Churches at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
facciata della Basilica
293 mt

ROCCA VISCONTEO VENETA E MUSEO ORNITOLOGICO

  • Art & Culture
ROCCA VISCONTEO VENETA E MUSEO ORNITOLOGICO
310 mt

Torre Civica of Lonato

Sites of interest at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
Torre Civica Lonato
335 mt

ABBAZIA DI MAGUZZANO

Churches at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
ABBAZIA DI MAGUZZANO
2.83 km

RAMBOTTI ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Museums at Desenzano del Garda
  • Art & Culture
RAMBOTTI ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
3.75 km

Palazzo Todeschini

Solemn building with fifteen arches, overlooking a characteristic port of Garda, is now an important venue for conferences
  • Lakes
Palazzo Todeschini and Porto Vecchio in Desenzano
3.75 km

Desenzano del Garda

Desenzano del Garda, a destination cherished by visitors alike in the Lake Garda. The old pier and the Castle with a panoramic view
  • Lakes
Desenzano del Garda
4.01 km

CATHEDRAL

Churches at Desenzano del Garda
  • Religious Tourism
CATHEDRAL
4.16 km

Desenzano Castle

The imposing Castle overlooks the nearby town of Desenzano and today is used for exhibitions, conventions and musical events.
  • Art & Culture
Desenzano Castle
4.17 km

Desenzano Roman Villa

The most important example in Northern Italy of the great late Roman villas
  • Lakes
Roman Villa Of Desenzano
4.17 km

Palazzo Salvadego

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Salvadego
4.27 km

Rambotti Museum

Located in an area rich in Bronze Age testimonies, it offers a wide panorama of the prehistoric cultures of Garda
  • Lakes
Rambotti Museum
4.45 km

FORNACI ROMANE

Archaeological sites at Lonato del Garda
  • Art & Culture
FORNACI ROMANE
5.33 km

Arzaga Golf Club

On the Lake Garda hills, Arzaga Golf Club is a 15th century building that has been transformed into prestigious golf & spa resorts.
  • Golf
Arzaga Golf Club, Calvagese della Riviera (BS)
5.54 km

VILLA BARBIERI

Dwellings at Padenghe sul Garda
  • Art & Culture
VILLA BARBIERI
5.61 km

PADENGHE CASTLE

Castles at Padenghe sul Garda
  • Art & Culture
PADENGHE CASTLE
5.62 km

SOIANO CASTLE

Castles at Soiano del Lago
  • Art & Culture
SOIANO CASTLE
7.6 km

PARISH CHURCH

Churches at Soiano del Lago
  • Art & Culture
PARISH CHURCH
7.6 km

Activities

5 Senses Winetasting

  • Food & Wine
5 Senses  Winetasting
9.57 km

Afternoon motorboat tour of Garda Lake

Afternoon motorboat tour of Garda Lake
9.93 km

Boat tour of Sirmione peninsula

Boat tour of Sirmione peninsula
9.93 km

Tour of Sirmione Peninsula on Lake Garda

Tour of Sirmione Peninsula on Lake Garda
9.95 km

Afternoon motorboat tour in Sirmione

Afternoon motorboat tour in Sirmione
9.95 km

Sirmione private walking and motorboat tour

  • Art & Culture
Sirmione private walking and motorboat tour
10.03 km

Where to sleep

LA ROCCA DEL GARDA

Lonato del Garda
LA ROCCA DEL GARDA
45 mt

LA PERGOLA DI SANT'ANTONIO

Lonato del Garda
LA PERGOLA DI SANT'ANTONIO
122 mt

ALLA MEZZA LUNA

Lonato del Garda
ALLA MEZZA LUNA
241 mt

AL DUOMO

Lonato del Garda
AL DUOMO
267 mt

AL CORLO

Lonato del Garda
AL CORLO
368 mt

BELFIORE

Lonato del Garda
BELFIORE
379 mt

CASA GERARDI

Lonato del Garda
CASA GERARDI
379 mt

LONATINO (MEUBLE')

Lonato del Garda
LONATINO (MEUBLE')
541 mt

SORAPERRA MICHELINA

Lonato del Garda
SORAPERRA MICHELINA
598 mt

IL FILATOIO

Lonato del Garda
IL FILATOIO
814 mt

COZY FLAT

Lonato del Garda
COZY FLAT
921 mt

MICHELA BB & RELAIS

Lonato del Garda
MICHELA BB & RELAIS
965 mt

CASA SANDY

Lonato del Garda
CASA SANDY
1 km

CASA GIULIA

Lonato del Garda
CASA GIULIA
1.19 km

CASA GIULIA

Lonato del Garda
CASA GIULIA
1.19 km

VIP'S (MOTEL)

Lonato del Garda
VIP'S (MOTEL)
1.21 km

ARRIGA ALTA

Lonato del Garda
ARRIGA ALTA
1.22 km

RUSTICHELLO

Lonato del Garda
RUSTICHELLO
1.25 km

MONTE PICO - CRIVELLARO

Lonato del Garda
MONTE PICO - CRIVELLARO
1.37 km

IL ROVERE

Lonato del Garda
IL ROVERE
1.49 km