Castello Visconteo

Castello Visconteo, Locarno: Hours, Address, Castello Visconteo Reviews: 4/5

Castello Visconteo
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,411 contributions
a museum with 4 very different themes
Jun 2020
At the western edge of Locarno's old town, well signposted from the Piazza Grande, is the Castello, the seat of local power since - probably - the 9th century. It is called after the powerful family Visconti from Milan, who controlled great parts of northern Italy and the southern Ticino in the 14th and 15th centuries. In Locarno they had placed a local 'Podestá' as their representative. It all came to an end, when in 1503 troops from the Swiss confederacy crossed the Alps and conquered Locarno and all the other parts from today's Ticino. The Castello now became the seat of the Swiss 'Landvogt' (bailiff) until the times of Napoleon and the creation of the canton of Ticino. The now cantonal administrative center was turned into the 'Museo civico e archaeologico' in 1921, when also extensive restorations in Renaissance-style began.

Besides the building itself a main attraction are the finds from the Bronze Age till the Roman days, all objects found in and around Locarno. Most remarkable is the rich collection of Roman glass. Another exhibition deals with the Reformation in Locarno during the 16th century, which ended with the expulsion in 1555 of all the one's, who did not want to return to the old Catholic faith. Many, also several members of the local nobility, chose to emigrate to the reformed town of Zurich.

A last exposition deals with the 'Locarno Treaties' from 1925, when head of states and foreign ministers from 7 European countries met here and discussed the reorganization of Europe after WW I. The main theme was the guarantee of the borders between France, Belgium and Germany. The occupied Rhineland became a demilitarized zone and Germany a member of the League of Nations. There was hope for lasting peace and the foreign ministers of France and Germany won the Nobel Price for Peace.

The conference took place at the town's courthouse, the Palazzo del Pretorio, located at the Via delle Palme, which became the Via della Pace after the conference. The so-called 'Spirit of Locarno', once full of hope, came to an end in 1936, when the Nazi's under Hitler had the Rhineland occupied.
Written March 7, 2021
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simon p
London, UK141 contributions
Enjoyable castle
Aug 2020
Interesting building, museum and architecture but shame nothing was in English. The exhibition on the reformation would have been interesting if we could read it all.
Written August 21, 2020
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1,454 contributions
Imposing
Oct 2019
The oldest section of this castle dates back to the 13th century and it has an interesting history and speculation that Da Vinci may have had a part in its design.
Written November 14, 2019
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GK1959
Centreville, MD226 contributions
What to do in Locarno
Sep 2019 • Couples
Arriving via the Centovalli express from Domodossola we wandered into the piazza grande for lunch and found the nearby Castello visconteo museum. The very friendly guides at the ticket office gave a good overview of the art installations but we focused on the castle itself and the well curated exhibits from prehistoric to Roman as well as one on the treaty of Locarno in 1925. All very informative while touring the castle itself. A previous review mentions they only take Swiss francs but we found they took credit cards. A worthwhile way to spend the time we had in town before the boat ride back to Stresa.
Written September 8, 2019
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1,454 contributions
Wonderful castle
May 2019 • Couples
Castello Visconteo is one of the most significant castles in Switzerland. In the nearby underpass is a drawing of the original scale of the castle - it went all the way to the lake!
Written June 6, 2019
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Alexander Mokretsov
Moscow, Russia1,576 contributions
Excellent Example of Medieval Architecture
Nov 2018 • Couples
The place is a must see - what a brilliant example of medieval architecture! Excellent fortress with walls and towers and gates, a piece of history waiting for you to get acquainted with it. Simply amazing.
Written November 24, 2018
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,086 contributions
Castello Visconti / Locarno
Apr 2018 • Family
If you have time to visit the castle of the Visvontis, (15 century), it's located via Castello in the center of Locarno, it's a museum now with expositions etc.
Written November 2, 2018
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timfl2016
Urbana, IL181 contributions
A place to take a walk to
Oct 2018 • Solo
I didn't visit the museum inside because I didn't have any CHF cash on me (and they don't take credit cards). The outside was quite enjoyable; the ruined castle provides a good place for resting a bit. I saw two local young men sitting on a low ruined wall, chatting, and eating their lunch, an ideal way to spend an early afternoon on a warm day.
Written October 15, 2018
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Larry C
4,316 contributions
Archaeological Museum closed
Sep 2018 • Couples
Came upon the castle remains when on a short walk after lunch.
Went to explore the castle but could only walk around the exterior as the museum containing the collection of Roman glass and was closed 1200 - 1400.
Only the foundation from the original structure and a fifth of the structure dating from the 15th and 16th century remain.
Written September 28, 2018
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JJJC_Family
Virginia440 contributions
Not overwhelming, but interesting
Jun 2018 • Couples
If you are in Locarno, yes go. I liked it. It was old and somewhat decrepit, but it had a certain authenticity that I found charming. There's not a lot inside and most people will probably breeze . through. We didn't. We took our time. Read whatever exhibits they had. Went in every nook and cranny there was. And there were a lot of them. Looked out wherever we could. Talked to the ticket takers about the history of the castle and had a discussion as to why they didn't do a better job maintaining the place. Money, that's why. Isn't that always the answer. Oh well.
You may have a real hard time trying to figure out where the entrance. Or even when it's open. We did. Believe me when I tell you they do not make it easy. A little signage would go a long way.

All in all we had a satisfying two hours there.

By the way, the title could also apply to Locarno. One day here is enough.
Written August 13, 2018
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  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tue - Sun 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM