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It is situated in the Prosto of Piuro locality, within two kilometres from Chiavenna, in the Bregaglia Valley. Built in the sixteenth century by two of the Vertemate brothers, one of the richest families of the small town, it is one of the most prestigious elegant houses of the Lombard area. It is the only building which survived the landslide of 1618, which submerged the village with lots of its 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 of the palace 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 at the back of the palace and a succession of country and simple buildings for the running of the farms.
Inside the palace the walls and the arched ceilings are richly painted with frescos and you can visit the typical "Stüe" (rooms covered by wood).
Vertemate Franchi Palace is going to be an important pole of cultural interest with summer events in the open.
2013 Opening hours:
Weekend 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16th-17th March
h. 10.00-12.00, 14.30-17.30
From 23rd March to 3rd November 2013
daily opening h 10.00-12.00, 14.30-17.00
Closed on Wednesdays
Daily opening in August
Full price € 7,00
Concessions € 5,00: (students, school groups, groups with at least 25 people, people over 60)
Chiavenna Tourist Office
Tel. +39 0343 37485 - firstname.lastname@example.org