Close to Castello Visconteo, in Via B. Rusca, there is a 16th century manor house built by the Lussy family. The Orelli dei Capitani (hence the name Casa degli Orelli = Casorella) was later acquired by the Rusca family and finally left to the city of Locarno.
In the house are still wall pieces of the old castle included. The decorative elements come from different periods, from the 16th to the 19th century. The two gates at the entrance of the Casorella and along the defensive wall are from the 17th century. The façade behind the small courtyard has a small loggia with stucco work depicting hunting scenes. Heraldic decorations can be seen between the windows. The ceiling of the loggia is decorated with stucco. The beautiful fresco with architectural perspective was created by Caldelli (1787) from Brissago.
The Hall of Honor has rich stucco work and is dominated by a ceiling fresco by Giuseppe A. F. Orelli dating from 1773, which represents the judgment of Paris. The paintings of the hall were completely restored in the 19th century. The large stone fireplace in the style of late Renaissance is decorated with the arms of the Rusca family.
September 14, 2019
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