Between 1591 and 1595
bought what remained of the Castle, and
Francesco could be a native of Bergamo or Brescia. He married
a rich woman from Lecco, and in that city he managed a smithy
which produced iron objects. He owned many properties; among
them there was the villa situated in Lecco that would become the
house of Alessandro Manzoni in later times. He had got several
children, males and females, and several nieces.
Francesco Spini restored the tower completely and enlarged it
with new buildings till achieving a comfortable palace. Perhaps
he intended to create the house for a son of his. In fact the
building activity costed a lot of money also for introducing
architectural solutions and elements such as the vaults in the
tower and a beautiful loggia at the first floor, with the
windows on the southern side.
After his death, the Spini family had no luck. Perhaps some
financial problems, or the cost supported for the dowries of the
numerous nieces, casted the family into poverty. Some members of
it were obligated to live in conditions of indigence.
In the middle of the seventeenth century, after several complex
suits, the castle of Capiate, in that moment a comfortable
palace, passed from the Spini family to the Mornico one. The
argument between Spini and Mornico had begun just for a debt due
to an unpaid dowry.