A noble building in the heart of Brescia
In the historic centre, overlooking Piazza del Foro and Via dei Musei, stands one of the most beautiful aristocratic buildings in Brescia: Palazzo Martinengo Cesaresco Novarino, or, more simply, Palazzo Martinengo.
Built in the 17th century at the order of Count Cesare IV, during the 20th century it was used as the Brescia Police Headquarters. Today, some of its rooms host various exhibitions and temporary displays, while others are home to provincial administrative offices.
The façade is simply decorated but colourful, embellished by the main entrance, flanked by columns with eagles instead of capitals. Past a frescoed barrel vault, you reach the inner courtyard, dominated by a 16th-century fountain and the chapel that belonged to the bishop of Famagusta before the Martinengo family took ownership of the Palazzo. To access the upper floor, you can climb the grand 17th-century staircase.
In the basement, you can explore archaeological excavations that will take you on a journey through the history of Brescia, from prehistory to the present day.