31 March – 29 October 2023

The color of the stones

From the museum to the cities of Brescia and Bergamo

The project The color of the stones is part of the BergamoBrescia2023 programming, as a proposal to discover hidden treasures, works of art created, between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with the technique of inlaying semi-precious stones. The Casa Museo of the Fondazione Paolo e Carolina Zani owns one of the absolute works created with this technique: a table with an octagonal top created in the Galleria dei Lavori (Opificio delle Pietre dure in Florence) with the use of the Medici private collection of semi-precious stones, granted by Grand Duke Cosimo III.

The project is divided into three distinct proposals:


The Casa Museo of the Paolo and Carolina Zani Foundation, in collaboration with the International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo, offer three concerts dedicated to Baroque music. The Casa Museo Zani and two churches involved in the visit itinerary “The color of the stones” are also the venue for musical moments in which Baroque music dialogues with the masterpieces of art for a new cultural use of the places themselves.

31 March 2023, Cellatica (BS), Auditorium Casa Museo Zani, 8pm

Sacro e Profano tra Roma e Firenze nel XVII e XVIII secolo

Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Händel, Frescobaldi

Antonio Giovannini, controtenore

Solisti della Filarmonica del Festival pianistico internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo

The entrance ticket to the concert on 31 March (€20) also entitles you to a guided tour of the Casa Museo Zani and is also valid as a pre-emption ticket for access to the other concerts in the series (13 June 2023 and 22 September 2023, both with free admission upon reservation).

13 June 2023, Brescia, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Carità, 8pm

Eden fiorito

Vivaldi, Le quattro stagioni

Solisti della Filarmonica del Festival pianistico internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo

– 22 September 2023, Cellatica (BS), Auditorium Casa Museo Zani, 8pm

Ritorno all’antico

Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminiani, Bach

Solisti della Filarmonica del Festival pianistico internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo



The Wonder Table. The Octagon of Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici”, from 31 March 2023 it will be possible to participate in thematic guided tours inside the House Museum to discover the absolute masterpiece of the permanent collection: the octagonal table of Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici, together with another 15 semi-precious stones made in Rome and Florence, datable between the 16th and 18th centuries.


From the museum to the cities of Brescia and Bergamo”, starting from the month of April and until October, the Fondazione Paolo and Carolina Zani , in collaboration with the Arnaldo da Brescia and Assoguide Sebino Associations, promotes a guided itinerary starting from the House Museum , which includes, in addition to a visit to the collection, a guided tour in the territories of Bergamo or Brescia to discover the masterpieces of precious stones preserved in some of the most important churches in the capitals.

The guided itineraries are weekly: Saturday is dedicated to Bergamo, while Sunday is dedicated to Brescia.


Bergamo: San Paolo d’Argon, Bergamo Alta (Duomo, cappella Colleoni e visita al centro storico)

Brescia: San Gaetano, Duomo Nuovo, Santa Maria della Carità e visita al centro storico Rezzato, San Giovanni Battista

Itinerary calendar

Bergamo – Saturday: 15 and 22 Apri, 6 and 20 Ma,3 and 17 Jun, 16 and 30 September, 14 and 28 October

Brescia – Sunday: 2 – 16 and 30 Apri, 14 and 28 May, June 11t, 10 and 24 September, 8 and 22 October

Single ticket: €25 each. (no reductions are foreseen)

The “itinerary” package includes:

  • the guided tour of the House Museum, which can also be booked on a different date;
  • the bus service, departing from the House Museum at 2.30pm and returning at 6.30pm;
  • accompanied by a licensed tourist guide.

Booking: tickets can be purchased tickets can be purchased by bank transfer or directly on site at least three weeks in advance.

For info and reservations: info@fondazionezani.com – 0302520479