The visit to the Museum of Palazzo Bondoni Pastorio includes on the ground floor: the Landscape Room; on the main floor: the Pastorio Room, the Dunant Room, the Coats of Arms Room, and the Salone Aureo; on the second floor: the Tellera Room, the Alcove Room, the Library and Archive Room. Palazzo Bondoni Pastorio is above all a "Casa Museo", which speaks of its historical identity (cultural in the broadest sense, political, and socio-economic), so as to highlight the physical and symbolic link between the building and the ancient Bondoni Pastorio family.
At the same time, the Museum proposes itself as a "showcase" of the history of Castiglione delle Stiviere and the Upper Mantua area, and offers a significant cross-section of local and national events, from the time of the Gonzaga family to the more recent past, in accordance with the most up-to-date experiences of international debate on the enhancement of historical-environmental heritage.
The Museum gives space, among other things, to the events linked to Henry Dunant, who was hosted by Luigia and Carolina Pastorio, in the days immediately following the Battle of Solferino on 24 June 1859.
One room is dedicated to the historical and human role played by General Giuseppe Tellera, gold medal for military valour in the Second World War. The Tellera family, in fact, also of Lombard origin, was related to the Bondoni in the penultimate generation.
The materials preserved in Palazzo Bondoni Pastorio - furniture, objects, books, fabrics and documents - closely reflect the history of the people who have lived here over the centuries. Many objects can be traced back to the first owner, who bought them and made use of them, or who produced them (this is the case, for example, of literary writings, in prose or rhyme, and female embroidery). The museum shows the cross-section of the life of a family over several generations, in its many, varied facets.
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