Palazzo Nuovo - (Mai Public Library) • • Visit Bergamo

Palazzo Nuovo - (Mai Public Library)

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Palazzo Nuovo (“New Palace”) is like a theatre wing located in via Colleoni, overlooking the Piazza Vecchia. It’s called like that in contrast with Palazzo Vecchio (“Old Palace”) aka Palazzo della Ragione, standing in the opposite side of the square.

It took three centuries to build it: the works started in 1604 and ended in 1928. The Palace has served as Bergamo’s Town Hall for three hundred years, till 1873.

Since 1928, one of its rooms has been hosting one of Italy’s most renowned libraries, the “Civica Angelo Mai”, safeguarding parchments, incunabula, codices and precious music sheets.

Inside the Tassiana Hall, you can admire the wonderful globes by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, cosmographer of the Venice Republic. Dating back to 1688 and 1692, they feature a 3 m circumference and are made of 50 illustrated sheets. Take a look at them: are they really different from today’s ones?


The Craftsmanship, The Industry, The Brembo River, The Serio River, The Agriculture, The Work: this is what the six statues standing outside the building, above the enormous library’s windows, represent. Could you match each one with the corresponding subject?

Once you entered the Palace, you’ll be overwhelmed by the splendour and the classical elegance of the entrance hall, and most of all by the Camozzi Column, a lectern carved in the shape of a tree featuring the emblems of Bergamo and Brescia, along with a bust of Bartolomeo Colleoni, Bergamo’s most famous XV Century mercenary captain.

After the entrance hall, go visit the Salone Furietti, where the Maggior Consiglio (the body that ruled the city) used to gather: in the middle of each side of the room you can spot the two-coloured emblem of Bergamo, golden and vermilion. Continuing your journey across the Palace you will find other beautiful rooms decorated with busts and portraits, keeping company to the ancient books.

The white marble of the Palace’s façade is the same of another renowned city monument: the most spectacular entrance gate to the Upper Town, San Giacomo Gate.  

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Palazzo Nuovo (“New Palace”) is like a theatre wing located in via Colleoni, overlooking the Piazza Vecchia. It’s called like that in contrast with Palazzo Vecchio (“Old Palace”) aka Palazzo della Ragione, standing in the opposite side of the square.

It took three centuries to build it: the works started in 1604 and ended in 1928. The Palace has served as Bergamo’s Town Hall for three hundred years, till 1873.

Since 1928, one of its rooms has been hosting one of Italy’s most renowned libraries, the “Civica Angelo Mai”, safeguarding parchments, incunabula, codices and precious music sheets.

Inside the Tassiana Hall, you can admire the wonderful globes by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, cosmographer of the Venice Republic. Dating back to 1688 and 1692, they feature a 3 m circumference and are made of 50 illustrated sheets. Take a look at them: are they really different from today’s ones?


The Craftsmanship, The Industry, The Brembo River, The Serio River, The Agriculture, The Work: this is what the six statues standing outside the building, above the enormous library’s windows, represent. Could you match each one with the corresponding subject?

Once you entered the Palace, you’ll be overwhelmed by the splendour and the classical elegance of the entrance hall, and most of all by the Camozzi Column, a lectern carved in the shape of a tree featuring the emblems of Bergamo and Brescia, along with a bust of Bartolomeo Colleoni, Bergamo’s most famous XV Century mercenary captain.

After the entrance hall, go visit the Salone Furietti, where the Maggior Consiglio (the body that ruled the city) used to gather: in the middle of each side of the room you can spot the two-coloured emblem of Bergamo, golden and vermilion. Continuing your journey across the Palace you will find other beautiful rooms decorated with busts and portraits, keeping company to the ancient books.

The white marble of the Palace’s façade is the same of another renowned city monument: the most spectacular entrance gate to the Upper Town, San Giacomo Gate.