The nine holiday homes in Bormio invite their welcome guests to visit the Palazzo Salis in Tirano which is one of the most fascinating, historical and artistic examples of ancient palaces in Valtellina.
The owners are the family Salis - Zizers coming from the island Comacina on the lake of Como. During the war between Como and Milan in 1100 A.D., the family moved to Val Bregaglia and then settled in Tirano in 1630. In 1679 John Salis was appointed Governor of Valtellina and then he began the construction of the palace which ended in 1690. On 26th August 1694 the Emperor Leopold I of Habsburg granted him the title of “Earl of the Holy Roman Empire”.
The interior of the palace is open to visitors, starting from the court of the Meridian, going up the staircase and through the reception hall you enter the museum, which consists of 10 splendidly painted and restored rooms, fitted with rare historical documents, paintings and antiques. The visit also includes a tour into the magnificent baroque chapel, dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo and the prestigious reading lounge called the "Saloncello" which was a place for political meetings in the past centuries.
The best way to end the visit to Palazzo Salis is to visit the beautiful Italian gardens which are a unique example in northern Italy. Here you can admire some plants and flowers such as the boxwood, beautiful roses, lilacs, juniper trees and the many century-old cedar of Lebanon.