As soon as you enter it, you completely forget you're in a town: you're immersed in trees and the smell of earth, leaves, flowers and animals. If you follow the corridor in the shade of a long arch overgrown with climbing plants, you really seem to enter another world. A world that's both enchanting and a little old-fashioned, but whose magic is real. Falconry originated in the Orient thousands of years ago, but did not come to Europe until the Middle Ages, where it quickly established itself as an important hunting method, both from a practical and a symbolic point of view: falcons and eagles carried deep emblematic meanings back then and were often incorporated into the coats of arms of the nobility. The eagle with its outstretched wings was already the symbol of the Roman Empire. Refined Renaissance courts deemed falconry – the sport we admire today – to be real artistry.
The Locarno Falconry strives to keep this tradition alive.