Palazzo del Podestà

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Originally the residence of the Suardi-Colleoni families (from whom it derives the name of 'Domus Suardorum'), the Palazzo del Podestà  was the seat of the Podestà  (Chief magistrate or Governor) and various municipal functions from the beginning of the thirteenth century to the first half of the sixteenth century. It is connected by a footbridge to the adjacent Palazzo della Ragione, in which, during restoration work after the devastating fire of 1513, the architect Pietro Isabello created a single magnificent room, which became known as the Sala delle Capriate. Utilised in different ways under Venetian domination and Austrian rule, during the last century, the Palazzo del Podestà  became used for purposes which were not in keeping with its historical importance. During restoration and renovation work lasting fifteen years carried out by the Municipal Authority, extremely important discoveries were made regarding the history of the city. Beneath the building Roman remains and structures were uncovered, including a mighty wall and the remains of workshops, which enabled the definitive location of the area on which the Roman Forum stood to be determined. Today it hosts the History Museum of Veneto age. Opening hours: October to May from Tuesday to Sunday: 9.30-13.00/14.30- 18.00; June to September from Tuesday to Friday: 9.30-13.00 /14.30- 18.00; Saturdays and Public Holidays: 9.30-19.00.


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Originally the residence of the Suardi-Colleoni families (from whom it derives the name of 'Domus Suardorum'), the Palazzo del Podestà  was the seat of the Podestà  (Chief magistrate or Governor) and various municipal functions from the beginning of the thirteenth century to the first half of the sixteenth century. It is connected by a footbridge to the adjacent Palazzo della Ragione, in which, during restoration work after the devastating fire of 1513, the architect Pietro Isabello created a single magnificent room, which became known as the Sala delle Capriate. Utilised in different ways under Venetian domination and Austrian rule, during the last century, the Palazzo del Podestà  became used for purposes which were not in keeping with its historical importance. During restoration and renovation work lasting fifteen years carried out by the Municipal Authority, extremely important discoveries were made regarding the history of the city. Beneath the building Roman remains and structures were uncovered, including a mighty wall and the remains of workshops, which enabled the definitive location of the area on which the Roman Forum stood to be determined. Today it hosts the History Museum of Veneto age. Opening hours: October to May from Tuesday to Sunday: 9.30-13.00/14.30- 18.00; June to September from Tuesday to Friday: 9.30-13.00 /14.30- 18.00; Saturdays and Public Holidays: 9.30-19.00.