Built in the mid 14th century over an existing building, the castle is made up of a number of structures which all face the main courtyard. The powerful podestà (mayor) of Vigevano, Luchino Visconti wanted the “male” tower (Rocca Nuova). The building follows a square floor plan with four angular towers, and was defended on three sides by a moat whereas the fourth side was protected by an embankment which was home to the ancient Vicogebuin (the original nucleus of Vigevano). To the east, Visconti commissioned the construction of the Rocca Vecchia and connected the two towers with a raised and covered road which was 164m long.
Alla scoperta del territorio
Vigevano, the castle
Arte, storia e cultura
Tempo libero e itinerari
Alla scoperta del territorio
I comuni paesi

Exploring the Area
Pavia | Pavese

Ponte Coperto Bridge
Church of San Michele Maggiore
Church of San Teodoro
The Regisole Statue
Cathedral of Pavia
Piazza della Vittoria
The Broletto
The Medieval Towers
Crypt of Sant’Eusebio
Church of Santa Maria del Carmine
Church of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro
The Visconteo Castle
The Mezzabarba Building
San Francesco Church
The University
Ghislieri College
Borromeo College
Cairoli College
The Fraschini Theatre

The Certosa of Pavia

Exploring the Area
Voghera | Oltrepò

The Duomo
The Visconteo Castle
Church of Santi Ilario e Giorgio

Castle of Oramala
Castle of Nazzano
Castle of Cigognola
Castle of Montalto Pavese
Castle of Montesegale
Castle of Zavattarello


Exploring the Area
Vigevano | Lomellina

Piazza Ducale
The Castle
The Cathedral

Castle of Scaldasole
Castle of Lomello
Castle of Cozzo
Castle of Sartirana
Castle of Frascarolo

Unfortunately the Rocca Vecchia was destroyed over the centuries. The Cavalry took its place: a building was erected in 1836 to house the Sardinian cavalry. Under the Sforza family, the castle changed its actual use from purely defensive into a beautiful home, and both Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci contributed to that project.
Vigevano, il Castello
Piazza Ducale di Vigevano