Salis StŁa

The stŁa was the heart of the traditional home, whether rich or poor.

It was entirely paneled in wood and warmed by a stove, usually in delft ceramic tiles, stoked from the outside. The wood burned was usually Swiss pine or stone pine, which is resistant to temperature changes, emits a pleasant balsamic odor and is highly resistant to wood borers.
Unfortunately, stŁas were considered furniture, and so were often disassembled, sold or moved to other locations, or even broken apart so that the wood could be used to make “antique” furniture.

The stŁa Salis, in Palazzo Sassi de’ Lavizzari, dates back to the seventeenth century and is the only one of the three owned by the city to have remained in its original location. The walls are decorated with caryatids and in the middle of the ceiling there is a large panel containing nine coats of arms belonging to families related to the Salis clan.


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