Palazzo del Podestà
A journey in the Renaissance
Watched over by the Campanone, the Palazzo del Podestà is rich in ancient history. Visitors can explore the archaeological excavations of the Roman city on the ground floor, then go up to the first floor and admire the beautiful Renaissance frescoes in the courtyard.
Museo del Cinquecento
Bergamo at the time of the Serenissima
Palazzo del Podestà
Standing next to the Palazzo della Ragione, the seat of civic power, and the Vescovado, the seat of religious power, the Palazzo del Podestà borders two squares at the heart of Medieval Bergamo, Piazza Duomo, and of Venetian Bergamo, Piazza Vecchia.
Built in the late 12th century by the powerful Suardi-Colleoni family, which gave it to the city, the building later became the residence of the Podestà, the external chief magistrate who governed the municipality in six-month terms. If necessary, he was also able to use the prisons located below the Torre Civica (or Campanone).
Under the long rule of the Republic of Venice (which began in 1428), the palace became the centre of the city’s justice system thanks to new constructions and structural adaptations.
The history of the Palace
An eight-part timeline to discover the past of one of the most fascinating and historically rich buildings in Upper Bergamo..
Construction of the Suardi-Colleoni palace around the Torre Civica began
Residence of the municipal Podestà
As property of the municipality, the building became the home of the Podestà.
The Venetian Republic made a few important changes to the building
Work done on the interior of the building led to the creation of a delightful loggia
Important frescoes decorate the interior and exterior of the Palazzo del Podestà
Sala dei Giuristi
The Palazzo del Podestà became the administrative centre of civic justice
The building first became the seat of the Procura Regia and later was turned into public housing
Restoration of the complex
Major restoration work brought the building back to its original splendour, turning it into a museum
Piazza Vecchia, 24129 Bergamo BG
Tuesday – Friday: 10-18 | Saturday and Fest: 10- 19
Closed at Christmas and New Year
Accessible by lift.
Small dogs are allowed but must be kept in a pet carrier. Guide dogs are permitted at all times.
Includes entrance to Campanone + Palazzo del Podestà + Museo del Cinquecento
Amici del Museo delle storie di Bergamo, University students up to 26 years old, Groups of 15 people, discounts
Only Campanone from 11 to 17 years old
Under 18, disabled people, ICOM members, accredited journalists, qualified tour guides,
Abbonamento Musei Lombardia.