He successfully faced a plot against him in the city. He retained the title of vicar for the city, and managed to marry Jacopo"s daughter Taddea to Mastino II della Scala. In the war against the Papal States, he warred alongside the latter at Brescia in 1330/1331, conquering the city by treason.
In the following years he acted as vicar of Brescia.
After Cangrande"s death, he was able to reconquer Padua in 1337 thanks to an alliance with Florence and Venice, which was increasingly worried by the Scaliger"s rise of power.