In Vigevano’s centrally-located Piazza Ducale stands a historic fortification: the Palazzo Ducale. Built around the middle of the 14th century by Luchino Visconti, the structure replaced the pre-existing early-medieval castrum with defensive functions, to then undergo various transformations taking on the appearance of a Renaissance palace, thanks to the work of Bramante and the will of Ludovico il Moro.
It was during Milanese rule, under the Visconti and Sforza families, that the monumental complex reached its peak, expanding with banquet halls and spaces for musical and theatrical entertainment.
Built on two levels, it features mullioned windows and Tudor-style windows on the exterior façade, while the first floor houses the Museum dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci.
Some of the splendid frescoes painted by Lombard artists in the large rooms of the building, sumptuously furnished to welcome sovereigns and illustrious figures, are still visible today. The Sala dell’Affresco room contains a particularly fascinating depiction of a hunting scene, a favourite pastime of the Dukes of Milan.