Thanks for joining us as we took a Wanderlust Wednesday break to head up to wine country. I’m back to wrap up our Italy travels! If you missed any of the previous posts, check them out in Travel. A trip to Milan wouldn’t be complete with out being steeped in the history of the Sforza family. After viewing the Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie we walked over to take in the Sforza Castle. Over the years, the castle has been home to each of the occupying forces in Milan. This has given it a negative image of tyranny to the citizens of Milan. As a sign of freedom, it has been turned into art museums and a public park. Its free to just walk around in or you can buy tickets to the varies museums. There is a little cafe as well if you want to make a day of it.
Most of the structure has been retained, but if you look closely at the walls you can see where modern brick and concrete has been used to rebuilt crumbling pieces.
The Sforza family coat of arms is formed combined the imperial eagle with the image of a serpant devouring a child. This was the image taken from the Visconti family when Francesco Sforza married Bianca Maria Visconti, the last female heir of the main branch of the House of Visconti.
Exiting through a side gateway took us from the colorful, flower filled castle center to the inner walls that held Napoleon’s Milan apartments.
Popular lore says that the Arco della Pace, (the arch) is directly parallel to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It is said that Napoleon intended to enter Milan through the arch straight from his travels from Paris.
It’s amazing to see such beautiful flowers & extensive art exhibits shown in a place that has stood for terror for so many years. What an amazing job the people of Milan have done in turning it around! Just look at those gorgeous flowers!
Here’s a short clip of us walking around Santa Maria delle Grazie as we head to Sforza Castle! Join us next week as we head up to France!