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The Sforzesca

A genuine prototype for subsequent rural Lombard architecture

Where
La Sforzesca, Vigevano (PV)

The Sforzesca was “The Moor’s” first initiative in Vigevano. He considered it a centre for collection and organisation of the extremely rich profits of the land, and promoted experimental farming and husbandry activities, including the known introduction of mulberry trees and of the silk worm.

The closed courtyard of the Sforzesca is a genuine prototype for later rural Lombard architecture, especially for the magnificent regularity of the layoutand its rigorous functional features.

The Duke also ensured the presence of vegetable and flower gardens, which were made possible by controlling the waters. However, he did not build a suburban residence for himself, which would have been typical of 15th century courts.

Indeed, in this regard he maintained previous medieval customs. Built before 1487. Architects: Guglielmo da Comino, who designed the villa-farmstead, and Leonardo da Vinci, designer of the irrigation canal network.   

...quanto più cade, più balza Adí 2 febbraio 1494 alla Sforzesca ritrassi 25 scalini di 2/3 di braccio l’uno larghi braccia 8 braccia 4-ghiara. La somma profondità dell’'acqua sarà tra la percussione e i bollori d’essa resultanti

During his stay at the Sforzesca, Leonardo da Vinci also painted the portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, "Lady with an Ermine" (today displayed at the Museum of Krakow).

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Places

Golf Vigevano

Golf Vigevano is a prestigious benchmark in the Italian golf circuit. The 18-hole course is set in the green surroundings of Ticino Park.
  • Golf
Golf Vigevano
2.1 km

Gambolo'

  • Villages
Castello di Gambolò
3.88 km

Duomo di Vigevano

It delimits the eastern side of the Piazza Ducale, with its grandiose Baroque façade
  • Religious Tourism
Duomo di Vigevano, Churches of Pavia
3.88 km

Piazza Ducale in Vigevano

You will be enchanted by one of the most beautiful Renaissance squares
  • Art & Culture
Piazza Ducale in Vigevano
3.93 km

International footwear museum

An art and a tradition in the town that has been the shoes world capital
  • Art & Culture
International Footwear Museum
3.94 km

Castle of Vigevano

The Castle of Vigevano is considered one of the biggest fortified structures in Europe, occupying 70 thousand square metres.
  • Art & Culture
Castello di  Vigevano
3.94 km

Vigevano

  • Villages
Vigevano
3.95 km

Pontoon bridge

This bridge is one of the last remaining pontoon bridges in Italy.
  • Navigli
Ponte delle barche
8.73 km

Abbey of Morimondo

The Abbey of Morimondo, along with its monastery, is a place of worship and Cistercian spirituality, but also a tourist attraction
  • Religious Tourism
Abbey of Morimondo
8.94 km

Morimondo

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Morimondo (MI)
9.22 km

Golf Club Ambrosiano

Near Milan, the Ambrosiano is one of the most challenging Italian golf courses, which is nonetheless suitable for players of every level.
  • Golf
Golf Club Ambrosiano, Bubbiano (MI)
10.52 km

Garlasco

  • Art & Culture
Garlasco
10.57 km

Mortara

Mortara si è guadagnata nei decenni il titolo di patria del Salame d'Oca più buono del mondo
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Mortara
12.25 km

Convento (ex) dell’Annunciata

Very simple on the outside, inside this church conserves a magnificent cycle of frescoes.
  • Art & Culture
Convento dell'Annunciata
13.04 km

Naviglio di Bereguardo

It begins at the Naviglio Grande, at Castelletto di Abbiategrasso, and reaches the River Ticino at the Bereguardo bridge.
  • Navigli
Naviglio_di_Bereguardo
13.08 km

Gropello Cairoli

  • Villages
Gropello Cairoli
14.74 km

Where to sleep

LA VITA E' BELLA

Vigevano
LA VITA E' BELLA
3.59 km

B&B DI GUGLIERI MARA

Vigevano
B&B DI GUGLIERI MARA
3.73 km

SOTTO I MERLI

Vigevano
SOTTO I MERLI
3.81 km

I MULINI B&B

Vigevano
I MULINI B&B
3.87 km

B.E.A. SRL

Vigevano
B.E.A. SRL
3.92 km

NUOVO HOTEL

Vigevano
NUOVO HOTEL
3.98 km

RISTORANTE PIZZERIA BELLA NAPOLI DI AMATO FILOMENA & C.

Vigevano
RISTORANTE PIZZERIA BELLA NAPOLI DI AMATO FILOMENA & C.
4.04 km

PICCOLA TORRE MAISON

Vigevano
PICCOLA TORRE MAISON
4.05 km

DA CARLA TRATTORIA CON LOCANDA

Gambolò
DA CARLA TRATTORIA CON LOCANDA
4.06 km

LOCANDA MILANO 1

Gambolò
LOCANDA MILANO 1
4.07 km

LOCANDA MILANO 2

Gambolò
LOCANDA MILANO 2
4.07 km

CASA LUIGINA

Vigevano
CASA LUIGINA
4.07 km

PICCOLA TORRE MAISONETTE

Vigevano
PICCOLA TORRE MAISONETTE
4.07 km

RISTORANTE LOCANDA MILANO

Gambolò
RISTORANTE LOCANDA MILANO
4.08 km

HOLIDAY HOUSE VIGEVANO

Vigevano
HOLIDAY HOUSE VIGEVANO
4.09 km

CASA SCARANO

Vigevano
CASA SCARANO
4.16 km

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA CASA SCARANO DI SCARANO RENATO

Vigevano
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA CASA SCARANO DI SCARANO RENATO
4.16 km

DANTE 12

Vigevano
DANTE 12
4.18 km

HOTEL DUCALE

Vigevano
HOTEL  DUCALE
4.25 km

TREVISAN

Vigevano
TREVISAN
4.26 km