Vigevano

Vigevano

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Vigevano is a town in northern Italy about 40 km. from Milano. It is considered an historic art town, and is renowned for shoe making and is in a rice-growing district.

I went to Milano for a few days over the National Workers holiday to see my dear friends Gabriella and Rino. They decided that a car trip to Vigevano would be a nice excursion to take on a rare day off for Rino. It was a beautiful day and a nice drive.

The main square of Vigevano, Piazza Ducale, is certainly a masterpiece in renaissance architecture. It was commissioned by Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milano in 1492 to impress the court and enhance the riches of his family.It is 138 meters (452 long) and 46 meters (150 feet) wide. The castle surrounds 3 sides of the Piazza.The cathedral is at the far end. 

Now the Piazza is filled with bars and restaurants.  I didn’t get the feeling there were many tourist, it appeared the locals were enjoying their holiday with the family.

The castle is covered with beautiful frescoes.

 

The original cathedral was built in 1532 and in the 17th century this concave Baroque facade was added to bring the ancient Duomo into line perpendicular to the axis of the Piazza and centered on it.  It is a remarkable thing to behold.

 

 

The old castle has this unique raised covered road high enough for horsemen to ride through and leads out of town.

Along the wall where the would tie up the horses.

I am not sure how they used these but it they were weapons.

Out on the other end another part of the town.

 

It’s a real treat to have this picture of Rino.  I sometimes I get back from these trips with none. We are usually together at dinner at their house and that is just relaxing time.  

A stunning view of the city.

The picture above I took through this screen. I pressed my photo right up against it.  I was very pleased by the results  

Another view of the conclave front of the cathedral.  

 

That is not a person in that window, It has been painted to resemble the past.  Great idea. Makes the place feel authentic.

 

One of the reasons for this trip was to meet Olivia, Gabriella and Rinos grandchild born in February. That adorable smile has charmed everyone and she has brought such joy to my dear friends.

Wonderful picture representing three generations. That proud looking man at the top is Augusto the father of a Olivia.This was a very special trip to Milano, I am happy to share it.

21 Responses

  1. Gabriella
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    Firstly, what a beautiful baby ❤❤❤ secondly, thank you for the pics and showing another lovely place in Italy. 😄

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you so much. I feel so good when people like them.

  2. ERIC
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    Love the blog and glad that you are doing well. What a beautiful city!

    xo Eric

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you Eric. Hope your well.

  3. Rob
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    Thank you so much for your wonderful, educational and entertaining blogs! Rob

    • sally carrocino
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      Your words inspire me. Thank you.

  4. colleen
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    Beautiful pictures, and baby!

    • sally carrocino
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      Your very kind. Thank you

  5. Efrat
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    I was there years ago, before digital cameras, and have no photos. Thanks for bringing the place back to life for me, Sally.

    • sally carrocino
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      Your very welcome. You will have to go back.

  6. Margo
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    Your photos are absolutely wonderful! Thank you for the beautiful tour and OH, the adorable Baby!

    • sally carrocino
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      I really appreciate that.

  7. Lu
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    Next time, would you please say hello to Rino and Gabriella from us? We remember them fondly.

    • sally carrocino
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      I will in my next email. Dinner with them is really good home cooking, lots of vino and fun stories about John. What could be better?

  8. Victor
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    Though I’ve never been, Vigevano is known to me because it is the birthplace of Eleonora Duse. Thanks for the pictures; now I don’t have to imagine what it looks like anymore!

  9. DAVID
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    We are so excited to see your post each time. Keep it up. We love it! David

  10. Joyce A Wheeler
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    Sally, I am new to your blog and you have quickly become an inspiration for me. I have been looking for a place to retire and Florence is the place. I have been Active Retired but I am planning to wrap up this court service in April 2019 and move to Italy Then. I plan to make an exoratory trip in November or December, when I will look for a furnished apt. I hope that you might have time to share a coffee with me so I can meet your pup and pick your brain. I look forward to meeting you. Please let me know when in Nov or Dec you would be available. Best, Joyce Wheeler

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you for the kind words. Wou,d love to meet you. Contact me when it gets closer. I plan to be here than.

  11. David kattn
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    Thank you for the beautiful pictures.
    I miss you – but am comforted by how great you and Zoe both look. Happy and healthy.
    Hope to see you later this year.

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you David. I miss you as well.

  12. gabriella guerci
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    I like Vigevano, but I love the baby and her whole family. And you know why.

    Gabriella

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