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

Due archi affrescati con fiori
Esterno di Palazzo del Podestà
Scavi archeologici di Palazzo del Podestà

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.

Affreschi raffiguranti ananas e blasone

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..

12th cen.

Building construction

Construction of the Suardi-Colleoni palace around the Torre Civica began

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13th cen.

Residence of the municipal Podestà

As property of the municipality, the building became the home of the Podestà.

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From 1428

Venetian rule

The Venetian Republic made a few important changes to the building

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Renaissance courtyard

Work done on the interior of the building led to the creation of a delightful loggia

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15-16th cen.


Important frescoes decorate the interior and exterior of the Palazzo del Podestà

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Sala dei Giuristi

The Palazzo del Podestà became the administrative centre of civic justice

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19-20th cen.

New uses

The building first became the seat of the Procura Regia and later was turned into public housing

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Restoration of the complex

Major restoration work brought the building back to its original splendour, turning it into a museum

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Book your visit

Excitng tours to discover Campanone! Enjoy the tower in a natural and playful way, doing something involving. Tour available in english language

Buy the all in one ticket

The six locations of the Museum network can be visited with a single ticket! It’s called ALL IN ONE and is valid for 48 hours

Piazza Vecchia, 24129 Bergamo BG

Tuesday – Friday: 10-18 | Saturday – Sunday & Holidays: 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

Full 7€

Reduced 5€
Resident in Bergamo and province, Amici del Museo delle storie di Bergamo, University students up to 26 years old, Groups of 15 people, discounts

Under 18, person with disability with companion, ICOM members, accredited journalists, qualified tour guides,
Abbonamento Musei Lombardia.

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