Visconteo Castle, Locarno

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Visconteo Castle Castello Visconteo is a castle in Locarno, Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.In January 2004, the Italian historian Marino Vigano' speculated that it may have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci.HistoryWhile there was a royal palace in Locarno in 866 and a noble family with a castle in the 10th century, the oldest remaining parts of the Castello (part of the ring wall and residential tract and foundation of a tower) date to the late 12th or 13th century. In 1164 Emperor Frederick Barbarossa granted Locarno the right to hold a market and for the first time mentioned the Capitanei di Locarno or noble families that administered the town and the Pieve or local church. While the Capitanei enjoyed the right of imperial immediacy, they did not always support the emperor. By around 1240 Locarno had become a stronghold of the Guelph faction which supported the pope against the emperor, possibly leading to the construction or expansion of the castle. In 1260 the Castello was attacked and destroyed by the pro-emperor Ghilbellines, leading Simon di Orelli, the most powerful member of the Capitanei to join the Ghilbellines and bring the town to the emperor's side until his death in 1290. The castle was rebuilt following the destruction of 1260.
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  • The castles always have a magical charm that surrounds them. Specifically to its surroundings there is a beautiful green lawn and a couple of gigantic trees. In the back overlooking the course, watching him from afar looks like the set of a movie. So beautiful it looks fake.
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  • Not comparable to the castles of Bellinzona or others in Switzerland, but of great historical value of the locarnese. Many resident have never visited, pity because I brought friends or groups and raved. Of course one must also take into account that some buildings in front of the Castle doesn't make it attractive, perhaps in the future, saw the birth of the new Palazzo del Cinema, it will be a tweak to the place so make it a point of attraction of the locarnese. Locarno has a lot to offer, but it always comes late, we should be less polemical and more practical and decisive. Regards, Füma.
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  • Restorer and art historian ... who better than us could appreciate it. .. Very nice, Museum curate, interesting route between prisons with obvious historical passages ... Deserves!!!
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  • Building is interesting but item inside is not well layed out. Like walked into a China shop
  • Architecture is really interesting but it is not worth paying the fee to go in. The exposition inside its rather dated and does not offer anything special in terms of history or interesting facts about the construction.
  • It's a beautiful place for drug users and drinkers. I love it
  • Nice castle. The whole museum outdated. Staff not very friendly. Go there just to see the castle, which is interesting, but could do with some repair and maintenance.
  • Very nice

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Where to stay in Locarno

Overlooking the waterfront of Lake Maggiore, picturesque Locarno has plenty to offer in terms of accommodations. A collection of charming, mid-market, family-run guesthouses and bed and breakfasts dot the shoreline, where you can enjoy a cozy stay in this vacation spot. On the east side of the cape stretches a long promenade, while the west side features a beach and public pool; immediate access to these depends on the position of your lodging. A little further inland you'll find a couple of hostels, a good option for budget-minded travelers willing to compromise on view.
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