Brescia, city of ancient palaces: a property yet to be discovered.
This is an extraordinary opportunity: Palazzo Cigola - Fenaroli, located between Via Carlo Cattaneo and Piazza Tebaldo Brusato. This is one of the most significant; the two facades clearly reveal different periods: sixteenth century on the Via Cattaneo side, with a portal off-centre and featuring two imposing atlases, and seventeenth century on the Piazza Tebaldo Brusato side. The two sections blend harmoniously, however, both in terms of size and continuity of the sixteenth century modules into the seventeenth century section. Entering from Via Carlo Cattaneo you come to an elegant portico and then a courtyard dating back to the beginning of the sixteenth century - perhaps even the late fifteenth century - three of the sides having four supremely elegant bays above high piers. A staircase leading to the gallery is accessed from the portico, this takes the form of a closed loggia, with wood-panelled ceiling, carved roses and cornices, all in the style of sixteenth century Brescia. The ceiling of the adjacent hall is a prominent and rare feature for Brescia, real wooden coffers, richly carved and with a variety of motifs: a very unusual style not found in other buildings in the city, reminiscent of Fausto Lechi and the participation of craftsmen and artists from outside. An airy dining room decorated with three landscape paintings, enclosed by pilaster strips, representing - with artistic licence - three holiday resorts of the Cigolas in the province of Brescia. Other rooms have coffered ceilings, finely carved with decorations and frescoes by famous artists, including Sante Cattaneo and Carlo Frigerio. This magnificent building, built as mentioned in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by the Counts Cigola of Muslone, passed to the noble Fenarolis when the family died out. In the history of the noble family Cigola, tradition has it that Pierre du Terrail, the fearless and irreproachable knight of Baiardo, stayed and was cared for here after he was wounded in the sacking of 1512.