A couple of miles inland from Lake Garda lies Lonato del Garda, a town of ancient origins, a must on the itinerary of visitors bent on discovering art and culture. Beside an elegant baroque cathedral, Lonato del Garda boats a majestic fortress, the Rocca, the symbol of the town. This a great construction, with its imposing architectural layout visible from miles around, is one of the most extensive fortress in the Lombardy region and a national monument since 1912. La Rocca stands on the Rova hill and is owned by the Foundation Ugo Da Como Lonato del Garda, which was established in 1942 according to the wishes of the Brescian Senator, who wanted to create a pleasant place of culture. Ugo Da Como (1869-1941, Brescia) purchased the 15th century House of the Venetian Podestà and made it his residence, filling it with extraordinary items arranged in the style that was popular in the early 20th century. The Foundation has its headquarters in the Senator’s House-Museum, which is recognized by the Lombardy Regional Authority as efforts were made to maintain the original building. This house-cum-museum contains more than twenty rooms displaying thousands of ornaments, hundreds of paintings, wooden furniture, sculptures and majolica ware, but what makes visitors return to the Foundation is the presence of one of Italy’s most important private libraries. Besides a life-long passion for politics and his homeland, the Brescia-born Senator was a tireless collector and a cultured and refined bibliophile. His house in Lonato contains over 52.000 books, such as manuscripts, illuminated codices, hundreds of incunabula, thousands of sixteenth-century editions, rare bibliographies and original manuscripts by Ugo Foscolo. This immense cultural heritage has been placed entirely at the disposal of scholars and has recently been enriched with two extraordinary acquisitions. The heirs of Antonio e Giovanni Tagliaferri, architect and engineer respectively, who were commissioned by Ugo Da Como to renovate the ancient House of the Venetian Podestà, donated to the Lonato Foundation their vast archives, which comprise printed volumes from the library of these two leading figures on the Brescian architectural scene around the turn of the 20th century, as well as thousands of drawings and maps. The heirs of Luigi Nocivelli (1930-2006), Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, have presented the Foundation with a collection of bibliographic rarities comprising over 400 editions of illustrated books on architecture dating from the 15th to the 20th century. Lonato del Garda is well worth a visit by those who appreciate all things cultural and beautiful.