The jewel of Montichiari
We have been living here for years and this place belongs so much to us, that every hidden beauty is familiar, and feels like home. However, it is always a great pleasure to see the amazed faces on our guests as they enter the doors of our palace.
Arriving at Palazzo Novello is like opening an history book. Not everyone expects it: perhaps somebody has found us by chance and has chosen use for the strategic location of our hotel, somebody else expects an ordinary hotel.
But, Palazzo Novello is a rare pearl and we are proud of sharing it with our guests. We have learnt never to give for granted the luck of working in such an evocative place.
Four hundred years of history
Palazzo Novello is set in a little and romantic borough by the slopes of San Pancrazio Hill in Montichiari – Borgo Sotto, known for its buildings of the XVII and XVIII century, each with their own internal garden, some even hiding a magnificent orchard. Walking through its narrow streets is like being immersed in another era.
Between old workshops and the turn before the small church, you will find Palazzo Pilati, now Palazzo Novello, one of the most prestigious abodes of the area. First erected as a modest rural residence in the first half of the XVII century, it was the progressively turned into a noble residence during the following century by two families: Guerrini first, and then Pilati.
The Pilati family had a crest with golden lilium between two silver rakes, on blue background. We like to believe that this was a sign of destiny, as our family has always been working on garden landscaping.
Mere cohincidence? Who knows! What is sure is that the Pilati family was the one bringing the development of this building a step forward.
Among frescoes and stone columns
Crossed the front door, you will find the garden in all its glory: the green space gently bridges inside and outside. Once inside, everybody is impressed by the majestic XVIIIth centur, leading to the piano nobile. The area hosting the staircase was attributed to local architect Gaspare Turbini, and is embellished with an elegant balustrade made of stones, plaster pilaster strips, complete with capitals, wooden ceiling and a big fresco depicting the fight between Hercules and the Nemean Lion.