THE VERTEMATE FRANCHI PALACE, A MASTERPIECE OF THE RENAISSANCE
The Vertemate Franchi Palace is situated in Prosto di Piuro within only two kilometres from Chiavenna, in Val Bregaglia.
Built in the second half of the sixteenth-century by the brothers Guglielmo and Luigi Vertemate Franchi, representatives of one of the richest families who used to make thriving business, is the only building escaped from the landslide of 1618, which flooded the village and many inhabitants.
The palace is a very beautiful masterpiece of the Renaissance immersed in a charming environment, which provides real life story of a sixteenth-seventeenth-century aristocratic family. The front is simple and essential, surrounded by light and functional spaces as well as the Italian garden with the fishpond and the double exedra-shaped banister.
Besides there is the orchard, the vineyard, the chestnut wood and a succession of country and simple buildings for the running of the farms which used to be carried out in the estate as.
Inside the walls and the arched ceilings large scenes and mythological figures are richly painted with frescos especially based on the Ovid’s metamorphosis.
Stüe* and embroidered ceilings are certainly the wonders of the palace. By visiting each single room you can feel the atmosphere of the ancient times. Unfortunately we do not know the names of the architects who designed and created the palace; even the artists who made the wonderful wooden ceilings are unknown.
*Stüe: rooms covered by wood