Palazzo Besta

Teglio, Italy

Palazzo Besta is a Renaissance building in Teglio. It was built by the Besta family around 1433, commissioned by Azzo I and Azzo II Besta, perhaps over a pre-existing medieval edifice. Later it was owned by the Guicciardi, Quadrio and Parravicini families. It is now owned by the government of the province of Lombardy.

The interior has a rectangular court with a double loggia, frescoed walls (c. 1540-1630) and an octagonal well. In the first floor, all the rooms are frescoed with mythological themes, most of them from the Aeneid, the Orlando Furioso and the Bible. One, by Giuseppe Prina, portrays the Queen of Sheba received by King Solomon.

In the lower ground is housed the 'Antiquarium Tellinum' Museum, housing prehistorical slabs.

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Founded: 1433
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Gabriella Sala (3 months ago)
Very well preserved 16th century palace, with various splendidly frescoed rooms with mythological and religious themes. Inner courtyard with frescoed walls and octagonal well. On the ground floor an exhibition with prehistoric finds from Valtellina. It is worth a visit
SIMONETTA CASAGRANDE (4 months ago)
Beautiful palace. Some rooms take your breath away with beauty. The small but remarkable cloister. On the external walls there are some pleasant frescoes even if some are ruined. The second floor is being restored. It deserves a lot. The small Romanesque church is also worth seeing
silvio rumi (4 months ago)
I loved it! You will discover that inside this building there is a museum worthy of the name. The intersection between history, culture and experience of the place is fantastic and well articulated along the entire route. Congratulations to the curators who have managed to enhance the material and cultural resources at their disposal in an impeccable, original and never boring way. Unlike my photos
Marco Dossena (4 months ago)
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Claudio Peletti (5 months ago)
Superb and well-preserved early 1500s building. Large rooms furnished with lots of wood. The courtyard with a well and columns on two levels is beautiful. Admission costs 4 euros. Worth a visit.
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