When a visitor enters the Ducal Square of Vigevano for the first time, he may feel quite surprised and even moved. The unprepared visitor doesn’t expect such a sight. It’s quite unbelievable that at the end of the road there is such a symphony of arches, columns, windows bordered by friezes and frescoes. And what about the Tower of Bramante?
Who was the director of the orchestra? It’s not sure . Who wanted the Ducal Square? This is certain. It was Ludovico il Moro, the Duke of Milano, who had it built between 1492 and 1494. It was the same Ludovico who wanted Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante at his Renaissance Court. Ludovico also had important works built in his Dukedom, especially in Vigevano: the Ducal Palace and the Sforzesca Castle.
If the square is a splendid jewel of Lombard Renaissance architecture, the nearby castle is a fortress protecting and embellishing it of interest to Unesco.
At the entrance of the Castle is the Bramante tower built in the XV century in Renaissance Lombard style reminds us that once Italian cities were fortified.
If the visitor walks round the square paved with the white and black stones of the river Ticino when he approaches the tower and he turns to look back, he discovers another wonder : the Baroque front of the Cathedral . Vigevano is worth more than a fleeting visit!!!
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