Claino is one of the main districts in the municipality and despite being of considerable historical, architectural and artistic interest, it has been a victim of depopulation in the last few decades. Sadly, this is a common trend among many mountain towns that consequently tends to lead to the reduction of local services, tourist and residential attractions, and, as a result, a loss in local income and profitability.
In September 2015, two of the town’s inhabitants, Claudia Pasquini and Luisella Parisi, addressed a letter to the municipal administration, in which they first proposed the idea of enriching the village with artistic and cultural paintings inspired by the life of the village: “To the town of Claino con Osteno where art, culture and history merge and where artists like the Magistri Comacini left their mark. Among your ancient arches and characteristic alleys, the plasters of ancient facades lend themselves to supporting new frescoes or murals created by contemporary artists in the houses of Claino […] an open-air gallery with an artistic heritage, which is, both ancient and recent, free to visit every day of the year…a significant tourist attraction that would add to the already existing beauties of the area.”.
The idea was accepted with much particular enthusiasm, particularly on the part of Mayor Giovanni Bernasconi and his administration, who, with much excitement, gave the go-ahead on “Claino Borgo Dipinto”: an open-air museum of art, history and architecture which provides a unique view of Lake Lugano and the mountains of Como. The works created up until now represent what is only a starting point from which a future full of new artists, designs and colors can spring forth that will enhance Claino’s special art gallery.