The town of Lonato boasts an exceptional monumental complex. Even the most demanding tourists will find it worth visiting.
The scenic set of buildings, gardens, and parks belongs to the Ugo Da Como Foundation and dominates the town centre.
The grandiose castle, called Rocca (11th century) is one of the widest fortifications in Lombardy. The Civic Ornithological Museum housed inside the castle covers the entire Italian ornithological landscape.
The house-museum of Senator Ugo Da Como (1869-1941) is at the foot of the castle. The guided tour touches twenty richly furnished rooms and the outstanding library with over 50,000 ancient books and illuminated manuscripts. The beauty of the town of Lonato, which has retained the aspect it had under the Venetian domination, justifies making this a full-day trip. Visit the Foundation, eat in the area, and stroll around the historic centre to discover Venetian works of art in the churches and along the ancient roads.