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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Barbara Novelli (3 years ago)
It was a beautiful experience. I am a girl who is fascinated by art, by history in general; and today I was very fascinated by the ceilings of the rooms, especially the carved wooden ones or the frescoed ones. But the best thing about the castle is that it gives a great view over the valley and the snow-capped peaks and a beautiful peace.
Ermanna 64 (3 years ago)
It is a blast from the past by identifying with the owners of the beautiful building ... inside we can see the loggia ... the hall of honor decorated with 21 episodes taken from the Orlando Furioso ... there are two rooms entirely covered with wood stone pine with two wonderful stue of 1727 ... continuing we find the room of creation ... kitchen ... dining room ... winter room where you can admire the beautiful panorama of the Orobie Alps .... I highly recommend whoever is near Teglio in the province of Sondrio in the beautiful Valtellina to pay a visit ... it really deserves!
ivana spelta (3 years ago)
It is one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces in Valtellina and in the Province of Sondrio. Many rooms are frescoed and exhibit valuable paintings. The explanatory panels, however, are not exhaustive, some frescoes lack the description of what they represent. An app should be downloaded, but I didn't want to, so I have some doubts left. However I had seen it before and I always like to see it again, with me was my 11 year old nephew, who was very interested and particularly liked it.
Mario Corno (3 years ago)
An admirable example of a Renaissance building, from its construction which took place around the middle of the 1400's it has seen its entire life flow down to the present day, keeping within it, at the disposal of the various generations, the beautiful perfectly preserved artistic and architectural treasures. From the garden you can observe the whole valley and the Orobie massif. To visit. At the end of the visit you can enjoy a lunch based on Sciatt and Pizzoccheri, you cannot leave Teglio without having appreciated the flavors. There is no problem in the choice of the restaurant, all the exercises are very good in the realization of the dishes and others based on mushrooms, polenta, grilled meat, various homemade desserts. To try......
Gabriella Sala (4 years 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
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