Castle Lusa

Castle Lusa has been protagonist for centuries of many different events such as sieges and changes of ownerships.

The recent restoration (1970-1995) made by the current owners turned out extremely complex from a technical and philological point of view.

Today Castle Lusa is a private residence open to public thanks to the passion of its owners who created a Documentation and Study of Applied Arts, Culture and Antique Crafts Techniques Center offering workshops and guided tours for school groups and adults.


Among the many historical documents about the building worth of note is a transcript of the tenth century in which is mentioned the conquest of the castle by Bishop Giovanni Tassina. An imperial diploma of 1116 written by Frederick Barbarossa in Landriano, ratifies the restitution of Castle Lusa to the Prince Bishop Ottone of Belluno.

After the commitment of Belluno to the Republic of Venice, from 1404 to 1420, the entire area underwent a substantial change in its political and economic assets with the complete disintegration of the feudal system and the final Venetian edict that ordered the demolition of all the castles that belonged to its domain. The only exception to this measure were the fortifications that still had a military and strategic value for the Republic.

In the Renaissance period there was a large boom of countryside residences that partly were built on the ruins of ancient defensive structures. In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries the Villalta nobles acquired the castle from the dynasty of the Lusa family.

The members of this family, including the doctor and humanist Donato, conceived around 1538 significant architectural renovations of the medieval building as the double row of arcades with stone pillars.



The castle can be visited by contacting the owners.


Via Castello di Lusa, 12
32032 Feltre loc. Villabruna

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