The Castello Secco Suardo is made up of a group of structures built around a central rectangular courtyard. The grand entryway is on the western façade, which faces the gardens (redesigned in the late 18th century as a botanical garden, including several rare and valuable species of trees and plants) and a fifteenth-century family chapel.
The building complex was originally a small farming town, with walls erected in the thirteenth century. After passing through numerous hands, the Castello became the property of the Secco-Suardo family in the fifteenth century.
Today the Castello remains their family residence and the headquarters of the Giovanni Secco Suardo Association along with its library, study center and database library of the national archive of Italian art restoration, and of the Committee for the Castello di Lurano, which leads field trips for elementary school students and educational workshops for secondary schools, concerts, and cultural events. The interior of the residence also hosts receptions for weddings, christenings, baptisms, first communions, business dinners and birthday celebrations.
THE PROPOSALS OF CASTELLO DI LURANO
All of those who wish to enjoy a tour of Lombardy’s Historic Houses must know that the Castle of Lurano constitutes an irreplaceable landmark, rich in history and charm.
The visitors will enter into the Secco Suardo’s family residence, still inhabited by its descendants today. You will be greeted by the Counts Secco Suardo; guided by them, you will visit the noble mansion in its most hidden sections.
The visit at the Mansion includes a tale, narrated during the whole tour, about the historical event of the surroundings, intertwined with the lives of the numerous members of the family.
Recipients: Groups of about 10-25 persons. (Adults and children 6-14 years old).
Duration: about 1 hour
Costs: 7,00 € adults – 4€ children 6-14 years old – 5€ over 65. Free entry during the day of your birthday
An exclusive visit reserved to small groups of persons that want to enjoy with no rush the flow of time of the tenant’s tale, that will accompany you inside the Castle.
You will be welcomed like friends with whom to share for an afternoon the experience of living in an ancient mansion.
This will be a special and exclusive experiential visit with a full immersion into the rich and complex history of this territory, that once used to be a border place between the Republic of Venice and the State of Milan. During the tour, you will also learn about the centuries-old history of the Secco Suardo’s family.
Upon request, there is the possibility of dining along with the owners in the old and suggestive medieval kitchen or in the charming roses courtyard at the end of the visit, in order to continue the pleasure of the tour around a table by tasting the traditional local food, prepared according to ancient recipes.
Spoken languages: English French Spanish. (Guide service also in German and Japanese)
Groups of a maximum of 10 persons
Duration: from 3 to 6 hours
Price: on request
LURANO'S BOTANICAL GARDEN
Giambattista Cremonesi, in “Corsa a Lurano” published in the “Strenna italiana per l’anno 1842”, narrates his experience at Castello di Lurano where Bartolomeo Secco Suardo continued to take care of the botanical garden created by his father Girolamo at the end of the 18th century.
The text is only available in Italian
FEDERICA AND LANFRANCO SECCO SUARDO
For more than 500 years the Secco Suardo family has lived in the Castello di Lurano, once a border place between the Venetian Republic and the State of Milan. Lanfranco and Federica follow the destiny of the Castle, trying to preserve this house much loved by the whole family with daily commitment. Since 1991, Lanfranco has been directing the Giovanni Secco Suardo Association, Study Center for the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, named after his ancestor Giovanni, one of the fathers of the Italian restoration. The Association has been managing the Historical Archive of Italian Restorers for twenty-five years and keeps the archives of the restorers both physically and in an online database. It also carries out projects in Europe and in developing countries. Federica has been managing the organization of cultural events, guided tours, concerts and activities for schools for some years with didactic restoration and archival workshops.
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