Yesterday and today
2006 – 2014
Yesterday – Thanks to its strategic location, Bioggio has always been a privileged place of residence for important and noble families, from the 5th century B.C. onwards. You can still admire prestigious buildings there today, such as the Neoclassic palace of the Rusca counts (1700), now home to the town hall, or the imposing Palazzo Riva, (17th century), which once served as the country residence of the counts of Lugano. The “Masseria la Barca” manor farm has always represented an interesting example of rural architecture for the municipality and for Ticino.
Today – The manor farm is located on a 2,500m2 plot of land on a higher elevation than the village and situated below the small church of Sant’Ilario. This important example of rural construction, which dates back to the late 17th century and has been extended in various stages over the years, risked being destroyed due to structural deterioration. However, as luck would have it, a family from Bioggio fell in love with the building and threw themselves into a complete renovation project, creating six high-quality apartments bearing the names Collina d’Oro, San Salvatore, Monte Brè, Sant‘Ilario, Cuccarello, and Ceresio.