Palazzo Salis

Tirano, Italy

The Palazzo Salis is situated in the heart of the historic centre of Tirano, a small town in the valley Valtellina. The building got constructed during the second half of the 17th century by the noble family von Salis-Zizers, a branch of the important and well known grison family von Salis.

The palace was erected in the 1490s by Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. The start of the construction is dedicated to Giovanni Salis-Zizers, who even became in the 1660s twice podestà of Tirano. About in the middle of the 17th century he bought and sold different properties to finally have the land to build his Palazzo. The entire structure of the Palazzo Salis is the result of the integration and change of already well established buildings, most probably already from the 15th or 16th century. The general style of the face of the building is a leftover of the facades of those 16th century buildings. The imposing doorway of the main entrance took its inspiration from a 16th-century design of the well-known architect Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola. The ground plan of the building is structured and organised mainly around two courtyards, named corte della meridiana (Sun-dial Courtyard) and corte dei cavalli (Courtyard of Horses).

The Palazzo is still in the hands of the family Salis and is run today as a Museum. More than ten rooms decorated with frescoes and stucco from the 17th and 18th century, as well as the hidden Italian Garden on the backside of the building are opened for the public.

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Via Salis 3, Tirano, Italy
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Founded: 17th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Felix Keller (6 months ago)
Nice place. Quite good audio guide. Rather long but interesting.
Lorraine Davenport (8 months ago)
A beautiful small 'Palace' and garden with a good audio available to download on a smart phone. Great value at 9 euros.
Monica Stoddard (9 months ago)
Surprisingly good audio tour in a beautiful old mansion. Very well kept up and reasonably priced.
Wolfgang Floitgraf (12 months ago)
unexpected splendor of a differnt time. A self-guided tour for all the rooms is very useful. One of the only recently discovered gems of the late 17th century.
Danielle Enz (2 years ago)
Wonderful building in the old part of Tirano. Marvelously painted ceilings in the rooms. Audioguide is included in the entrance price. Staff competent, friendly and helpful.
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