Lisander is the Lombardy dialect for the name Alessandro. It’s often linked to the writer and poet Alessandro Manzoni, commonly known as Don Lisander, whose masterpiece “The Betrothed” is set in the Brianza region of Lombardy.
Brianza has deeply changed over time but can still offer glimpses that take us back to the 17th century of Manzoni’s master novel, such as the village of Pescarenico or the ferry across the Adda River designed by Leonardo da Vinci in Imbersago.
Lisander is also a recurrent name in our family.
The Bed and Breakfast is located in a wing of the Silva family home, who have been living here for more than 200 years. Over time, annexes have been added to the main building which was known as Palazzo Odescalchi and whose origin dates back to the late 1.500 A.D.
The main building originally belonged to a cadet branch of the powerful Odescalchi family.
Legend has it that Pope Innocent XI, who was a member of the Odescalchi family, was born here, but promptly registered as born in Como. However, It’s a sure thing that the house witnessed the birth of Cardinal A. Locatelli, Apostolic Nuncio and Camerlengo.
In more recent times, the building was home to Maestro Pozzoli, a world-known pianist who developed the most effective solfeggio method: Pozzoli Competion for Young Pianists, an international and renowned music competition, takes, in fact, place in Seregno.
The Silva Family has always cherished and valued these walls, keeping intact the spirit and the details of bygone times.