The Castle of Lurano “Secco Suardo”
Today the Castello Secco Suardo presents itself as an articulated set of building structures developed around the internal courtyard. It shows a rectangular plan and other buildings connected directly to the main body, which surround the complex.
On the west side of these buildings, along Via Mazzini, opens the door of one of the entrances that overlooks the garden and the castle, and access to the seventeenth century noble chapel.
It contains various tombstones including the tombstone of the 1309 sarcophagus, of Alberico Suardo, a rare example of equestrian high-relief, attributed to one of the Campione Masters and the plaque of the ark of Baldino and Teutaldo. On the external front, surmounting the entrance we note an interesting fresco of Madonna with Saints, and a classical “Serliana” that guarantees the light in the chapel.
Our garden, transformed at the end of the 700 in the Botanical Garden by Gerolamo Secco Suardo (brother of the writer and poet Paolina Secco Suardo), passionate lover of the naturalistic disciplines, still preserves some rare and precious species of trees and plants.
The main part of the building preserves an architectural structure dating back to the fifteenth century, characterized by the presence of a tower and a portico with cross vaults.
The ground floor
Remaining on the ground floor, directly from the entrance, there is access to three rooms with fully decorated walls and cross vaults. One of these is used as “dining room“. The remaining two rooms, “yellow room” and “green room”, with neoclassical decorations, act as living rooms. From here we pass to the “Salone delle baccanti”, bright and cheerful, open on one side on the garden and on the other on the internal courtyard. The walls are stuccoed in marble with a representation of dancing girls in the middle and anthropomorphic and floral decorations on the vault.
Contiguous to “bacchae salon” there are the rooms destined to the historical archives from which one then accesses the historical archive where the documents of the family and territory are kept.
The first floor
Going up the main staircase you reach, on the first floor, a large gallery lit by four large windows facing the garden.
On the gallery, doors open to the other rooms on the first floor. The first one enters a living room, “Chinese room” with XVIII and XIXth century decorations: paneled walls and decorated slatted ceiling. This room leads to various other historic environments including the alcove, a precious example of XVIII century interior architecture with decorations attributed to Galliari. The inner part of the room is separated from the area facing the window from a structure that, like a theatrical backdrop, looks like the pediment of a loggia with three arches, with the two lower side arches, closed by a graceful railing, like a balcony.
Called “north wing” develops, at a right angle to the portico, another body of three floors plus a mezzanine.
Other rooms of the Castle
On the ground floor there is, besides a large room on the garden, a large sixteenth-century room used as kitchens of the Castle with fireplace and stone fires. Through a stone spiral staircase one accesses a mezzanine and then on the first floor. This area, with an interesting plant perhaps of Venetian influence, is characterized by a long and vast central hall with a fireplace that opens onto an open loggia, overlooking the garden on the North side.
The whole complex rests on a wide ramification of underground and tunnels (some closed and not yet explored) with barrel vaults and various mouths of wolf, perhaps an indication of a different level of the ground in ancient times.
The Castle today
Thanks to the uniqueness of its spaces and to the details it boasts, the Castle of Lurano is a certified Historic House, listed in the Italian Historic Houses website.
The Secco Suardo family still lives in the Castle. Among its areas, it hosts the Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo that contemplates a library, the Sudies and Research Center, and the database of the Archivio Storico Nazionale dei Restauratori Italiani, i.e. the Italian Restorers National Historical Archive. Inside the complex, the Comitato per il Castello di Lurano (the Committee for the Castle of Lurano) works; this is the figure that coordinates guided tours, school seminars, concerts and cultural events taking place inside the complex.
The Castle of Lurano is the perfect place to set up events and receptions. Each experience lived inside the Castle is a true dive into the past, which gives to our guests and visitors the chance to travel back to a time that has its roots in the Italian Middle Eve.