Pavia’s Piazza Ducale Vigevano
3 November 2016
The maestro Arturo Toscanini once said it was “a symphony on four sides”. The Ducale di Vigevano Plaza is a true gem and makes for a stunning backdrop among the buzz of the city. 134 meters by 48, it was commissioned by Ludovico il Moro of Milan as the antechamber to the imposing castle. Beginning construction in 1492, the plaza was conceived by Bramante with the competition of Leonardo da Vinci, who was present during the work. However, in the 17th century, the original form was changed when the construction of the Cathedral closed off one side – don’t worry the magic is still intact!