Under the Visconti and Sforza dynasties, Vigevano reached its maximum splendor becoming a ducal residence and a significantly important place for shopping. The city developed curling around the castle that represented one of the biggest fortified complexes in Europe.

We will visit the piazza, ordered by Ludovico il Moro and constructed between 1492 and 1494. It was one of the first models of a Renaissance piazza and is among the best examples of Lombard architecture of the 15th century. We also will visit the castle’s accessible interior spaces (Room of the Duchess, ice storage room, prisons, grand salon, falconer’s area) together with the some of the museums in it:

  • the “Pietro Bertolini” shoe museum, the only public museum in Italy dedicated to the history and evolution of shoes
  • the “Casimiro Ottone” Civic Art Gallery, with the principle works of the artists from the Lomellina area, as well as fresco fragmentsfrom the 15th to 16th century ducal palace, and a precious work dating to 1515 by the Vigevano artist Bernardino Ferrari; there are ten rooms
  • The Leonardiana is a museum that proposes a new way to see the life and works of Leonardo who often stayed in Vigevano as the person appointed by Ludovico il Moro for the flow of water, but also as a member of the court of Ludovico and Beatrice, who always appreciated his artistic capacities, his worldly poise and his mathematical and scientific genius..

WHAT: Day trip (in Italian) to Vigevano to visit the piazza, the ducal castle, the museums and the Leonardiana
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, TIME TO BE ARRANGED
FEE: €45.00 (includes: tickets, guide; excludes: lunch and transportation)
NOTE: It is necessary to confirm one’s participation by paying the fee by the 31st of October

Events may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not reached.

Events are open to members in good standing of the Friends of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum Association and its volunteers active in service at the museum.

For information:
+39 02 7600 6132

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