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The communal piazza (now Piazza Motta)

The piazza has a slight uphill gradient and is paved with porphyry cubes and ashlars and furnished with a granite fountain. It is the fulcrum of the settlement on which the main transit route converges and that leading to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Castelletto.


With the group of buildings that surrounds this great space, the square itself contains much of the construction eras of the nucleus, ranging from the Middle Ages to modern times. The presence of buildings with porticos and colonnades suggests that the rural culture of the community overlapped with an imported culture derived from migratory practices.


As usual, the most representative buildings are facing onto the town square. Among these you can recognise the Polatta ‘noble’ house (‘casa signorile’) (now Canavesi) with its seventeenth-century portico decorated with stuccos on the north-east side and to the south the tenement commissioned in the mid-nineteenth century by the entrepreneur Vincenzo Borsa to Luigi Fontana, the architect who also designed the parish church and the spinning mill.

This nineteenth-century building was later sold to Count Giuseppe Sizzo de Noris, a Trentino nobleman who was living in Melano for his pro-Italian sympathies before the building passed on to Gustav Salomon Gessner, a wealthy Lombard merchant of Swiss origin who had also acquired the Fogliardi spinning mill.

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