The ancient residence of the Visconti
The Visconti Castle of Abbiategrasso stands in a strategic location. Built in the 13th century over an older, pre-existing castle, it stands between the Naviglio Grande and the road connecting Vigevano to Milan. Originally a defensive bulwark, it was turned into a noble residence by the Visconti family. It was restored under the last heir, Gian Maria, with decorations and frescoes you can still admire in the courtyard and some rooms. On the top floor, formerly used as a prison, you can see drawings and inscriptions engraved on the walls by political prisoners in the 15th century.
Today, the Visconti Castle, restored in the 1990s, houses the Civic Library and some of Abbiategrasso’s municipal offices. Admission is free and provides access to events and temporary exhibitions held in its halls.