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International footwear museum

An art and a tradition in the town that has been the shoes world capital

Where
Castello Sforzesco - Seconda scuderia -  primo piano
Piazza Ducale, 20, Vigevano PV
Contacts
+39 0381 693952
Official site

The International Footwear Museum is tied to Vigevano's reputation as the "shoe capital of the world", thanks to the number of shoes produced here in the relative sales.

Traces of the art of shoemaking have existed in Vigevano since the 14th century, a vocation that continued to grow over the years, making its way to international markets. In 1866 the Bocca brothers opened the city's first industrial shoe factory, while in 1901 Antonio Ferrari was the first in Italy to open a footwear machinery manufacturing business.

Finally, in 1929, Vigevano became the first Italian city to produce rubber tennis shoes.

The International Museum of Footwear was founded in a place where shoemaking has been an important vocation for centuries. Since 2003 the museum has been housed inside the Sforza Castle, a location that offers plenty of space for exhibits, to showcase the unique and curious specimens preserved here. The purpose of the museum is to narrate the history and economy of Vigevano through its finest product and to show the international evolution of shoes that represent an object of design and fashion.

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Places

Castle of Vigevano

The Castle of Vigevano is considered one of the biggest fortified structures in Europe, occupying 70 thousand square metres.
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Castello di  Vigevano
4 mt

Piazza Ducale in Vigevano

You will be enchanted by one of the most beautiful Renaissance squares
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Piazza Ducale in Vigevano
131 mt

Duomo di Vigevano

It delimits the eastern side of the Piazza Ducale, with its grandiose Baroque façade
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Duomo di Vigevano, Churches of Pavia
180 mt

Vigevano

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Vigevano
235 mt

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.
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Golf Vigevano
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The Sforzesca

A genuine prototype for subsequent rural Lombard architecture
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La Sforzesca
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Gambolo'

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Abbey of Morimondo

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Abbey of Morimondo
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Morimondo

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Convento (ex) dell’Annunciata

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Convento dell'Annunciata
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Naviglio di Bereguardo

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Pontoon bridge

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Where to sleep

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SOTTO I MERLI

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DANTE 12

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NUOVO HOTEL

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PICCOLA BAITA

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LA PELLIZZERA

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LA VITA E' BELLA

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HOTEL DEL PARCO

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