We deeply believe in the importance of Italian culture and as a company we feel we have to support the beauty that Italy has to offer; For this reason, we started to sponsor the organization of the “Giornata di Primavera” organized by FAI in the town of Tradate last spring.
Among the countless open spaces open to the public on the weekend of March 25 and 26, 2017, FAI managed to give the right visibility to the palazzo Pusterla Melzi, a fascinating and very artistic palace, rarely open to the public, that nowadays is a youth institute for girls.
We had the pleasure of visiting these spaces and discovering an unexpected place whose history is interspersed with that of the territory: the Pusterla family took over the ancient chateau in the 15th century and turned it into a large residential villa during the 17th century.
Reminding of the importance of the Pusterla family, remains the grandeur of the complex, the large Italian garden, some frescoed salons, among which is distinguished the Salone delle Feste, where the most important personalities of the family are depicted: a grandiose work due, according to tradition, Federico Bianchi or Salvatore Bianchi, Varese painters active between the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the 18th century. The church of Santa Maria in Castello, which preserves the fourteenth-century tomb of Tommaso Pusterla, is a work of champion masters.
By the time he passed from Pusterla’s family to the Melzi’s family. The last heir, Barbara, destined it as a reception center for the elderly and educated for young girls. In the last years of the 19th century, the Pusterla Castle became “Institute Barbara Melzi” still active today thanks to the leadership of the Canossian Sisters.
On the ground floor to see: the Eagle’s Hall, which houses a fresco in the ceiling with the victory of the Faith, at the top of the walls the portraits of late-17th century European rulers. and a great canvas depicting Archbishop Federico Visconti visiting the Tradate castle.
But it is above all on the third floor that the most beautiful rooms in the building are located: first of all, the Salone delle Feste, with its walls entirely frescoed by artists such as S. Bianchi and G.B. and G. Grandi, active in the second half of the sixteenth century. In the upper part of the lounge, enclosed by a decorated wooden ceiling, runs a wrought iron balcony that introduces three frescoed rooms with bucolic scenes and noble family life.