Ten kilometres’ drive from Bergamo, the 17th-century Villa Pesenti-Agliardi stands amid the greenery of the rolling “Parco dei Colli”. The residence was extended and modified in 1798 by renowned architect Leopold Pollack, as commissioned by Count Pietro Pesenti, with an innovative project to reinterpret both the house and the garden in the neoclassical style. Pollack’s sketches, which have been conserved and can still be viewed in the villa, depict the theme of a garden intended to delight both host and guests; adorned with impressive monuments that include two statues inserted in the façade which are the symbols of the stately home’s dominant themes, namely Agriculture and Hospitality. The project was never fully completed, and the gardens were later reinterpreted in a more Romantic style.
Inside the Villa, visitors can admire the chapel, the monumental staircase and the many rooms decorated with stunning frescoes and stuccoes. After the untimely death of Pietro Pesenti in 1826, the villa was inherited by his niece Marianna Agliardi. The residence is available all year round for guided tours by prior arrangement, and during the summer season it can also be booked for weddings, corporate events, conferences and photo shoots.