Palazzo Magnavin-Foratti is like a piece of Venice transported onto the mainland.It is also known as Palazzo Lombardesco, from the name of architect-sculptor Pietro Lombardo, an excellent representative of the elegant late-Gothic style. Featuring a splendid five-light mullioned window on the noble floor,immediately reminiscent of those that overlook the Grand Canal in Venice, the palace is chiselled with small columns, capitals and beautiful architectural motifs, both external and internal. The facade was once completely frescoed. The palace is also called Ca’ d’ Oro (Golden House) by the locals and it is surrounded by fascinating tales. The most worth remembering concerns people from the ancient Umbrian lineage of the Gattamelata. The building seems to have been one of the residences of Jacopa della Leonessa da Orvieto, wife of famous mercenary captain Erasmo da Narni,known as the Gattamelata, who served the Serenissimafor a long time distinguishing himself for his loyalty, so much so that Venice rewarded him with lands and buildings in the Montagnana area.
“MORE ELEGANT, RICHER, SO MUCH THAT I THINK IT WAS DESIGNED BY PIETRO LOMBARDO HIMSELF”