What to do and see in Vigevano, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

August 26, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Vigevano (Italian pronunciation: [viˈdʒɛːvano] or [viˈdʒeːvano]; Western Lombard: Avgevan) is a town and comune in the province of Pavia, Lombardy in northern Italy. A historic art town, it is also renowned for shoemaking and is one of the main centres of Lomellina, a rice-growing agricultural district. Vigevano received the honorary title of city with a decree of Duke Francis II Sforza on 2 February 1532. It is famed for its beautiful Renaissance "Piazza Ducale" in the centre of the town.
Restaurants in Vigevano

1. Piazza Ducale

Piazza Ducale, 27029 Vigevano, Italy +39 390 381 2991
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Piazza Ducale

Reviewed By GattoViziato - Columbus, Ohio

Had the opportunity to visit the town of Vigevano, which is famous for handcraft manufacturing of Shoe's. This historic center was once part of the Duke Francis II Sforza's kingdom. You can walk along this magnificent center and have some pre-dinner drinks and then have dinner in one of the many restaurants. From the center square you can also center the castle grounds.

2. Torre del Bramante

Piazza Ducale | Scale Per il Castello, Rivolgersi Infopoint Castello, 27029 Vigevano, Italy
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4.5 based on 153 reviews

Torre del Bramante

Reviewed By Patricia G - Worcester, United Kingdom

An impressive piece of architecture by the master, Bramante. Overlooking the exquisite Renaissance Piazza Ducale and also the interior of the ruined Castello Sforzesco. A good photographic opportunity

3. Strada Coperta, Strade Sotterranee e Cavallerizza

Piazza Ducale, Vigevano, Italy +39 0381 690269
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

Strada Coperta, Strade Sotterranee e Cavallerizza

Reviewed By Cocciolino2015 - Perugia, Italy

I had imagined a corridor and was most surprised to find myself on a wide covered road connecting the castle grounds to the bottom of the hill. And even more surprised to discover another parallel road underneath. The architects were also engineers.

4. Castello Sforzesco

Piazza Ducale, 27029 Vigevano, Italy +39 0381 691636
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4 based on 245 reviews

Castello Sforzesco

Reviewed By Meerkat_Man - Watford

This is a lovely place to visit. The general area of the castle and courtyard are all free to the public. There are several small museums within the castle complex, all which are worth visiting. Some of these are free, or free is you enter by a certain time. The shoe museum was very interesting and the art gallery too. Both these were free.
A new Leonardo da Vinci exhibition is the most interesting one to visit. Around €5 per person.

5. Cattedrale Sant’Ambrogio

Piazza Ducale, 27029 Vigevano, Italy +39 0381 83556
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Cattedrale Sant’Ambrogio

Reviewed By Redpiper14 - Turin, Italy

Even with a guide book this was not a very interesting Cathedral. The most interesting aspect was the facade and its intrusion on the square- filling in the last side. It is Romanesque and so has very few windows high up, It is closed between 12 and 4pm, so was quite dark when it re-opened although in the height of summer it might be better. You need to be able to read Italian, to make the most of the artwork.

6. Ecomuseo Mulino di Mora Bassa

Strada Mora Bassa 34, 27029 Vigevano, Italy +39 393 967 5801
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Ecomuseo Mulino di Mora Bassa

Reviewed By Marisa B

Consiglio la visita di questo gioiellino!
Bello il luogo immerso nel verde e con l' affascinante presenza dell'acqua.
Ben restaurato l' edificio. Interessanti le molte macchine di Leonardo esposte e funzionanti!
Originale la mostra sugli strumenti di misurazione dell' acqua.

7. Museo Internazionale della Calzatura

Piazza Ducale, 27029 Vigevano, Italy +39 0381 691928
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4 based on 45 reviews

Museo Internazionale della Calzatura

Reviewed By Cocciolino2015 - Perugia, Italy

One of the more interesting footnotes (excuse the pun but I couldn't resist!) of the past and present industries of Vigevano.

8. Museo Comunale

Vigevano, Italy +39 0381 692505
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4 based on 48 reviews

Museo Comunale

Reviewed By Deniz G

Very nice and histotical place.......You have to go and visite the place if you like the history and architecture and archeoligy

9. Leonardiana

Castello Sforzesco | Maschio, all'interno del cortile, 27029 Vigevano, Italy +39 0381 630310
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4 based on 44 reviews

Leonardiana

Reviewed By Samuel007 - Exeter, United Kingdom

A superb new permanent exhibition, opened in May 2016, depicting the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci in the most thought-provoking and interesting ways. Leonardo spent time in Vigevano while working for Ludovico Sforza, so the huge and imposing castle of the Sforzas is an appropriate site for this innovative display, which makes imaginative use of multimedia, facsimiles of his writings and drawings, and high definition reproductions of all the authenticated paintings of the master. Vigevano is well worth visiting for its magnificent Renaissance piazza alone, but this new museum makes it an essential destination for tourists and art lovers.

10. Chiesa di San Francesco

Vigevano, Italy
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4 based on 16 reviews

Chiesa di San Francesco

Reviewed By Redpiper14 - Turin, Italy

By comparison to the Cathedral, this is a more interesting church. It dates from the 13th century although most of the building is more recent and there are some interesting features. It is closed between 12 and 4pm each day. There is a very nice statue of St Francis of Assisi outside which dates from a later time but which is an interesting piece.

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