Vigevano welcomes us with its historic center from the structure typical of the Renaissance. The history of the city sees its splendor from the fourteenth century by the Visconti, who elect them permanent residence and, above all, the Sforza, when it reaches the peak of its economic expansion and the arts. Of this past glory, the city boasts numerous traces of art in addition to the Piazza Ducale and the Castle, which still bear the imprint of the prominent architectural genius of Bramante and Leonardo are also worth visiting the sixteenth-century Cathedral and its Treasury, in which are preserved illuminated manuscripts of the fifteenth century, reliquaries and chalices of silver, and one of the most significant collections of Italian Flemish tapestries. The elegant streets of the historic center are a series of neoclassical buildings of the nineteenth century, with baroque houses of courtyards and churches of every age and art. Worth visiting San Giorgio (X cent.), a small church with an ancient fresco of the Saint defeating the Dragon, the Gothic- Lombard St. Peter Martyr and St. Francis, the Baroque church of Santa Maria del Popolo and yet the small church of Christ, located a short distance away from the Mills and Terraggi, the last vestiges of the city walls.
Vigevano is still considered the capital of shoes and right here is the only Italian museum dedicated to them. The Shoe Museum, housed in the new premises derived in the castle above the stables, offers an unprecedented history of footwear as part of custom, both from the historical and ethnographic. There are, thus, for example, a slipper of the fifteenth century belonged to Beatrice d’Este, Duchess of Milan, elegant eighteenth-century Venetian slippers, boots some of the soldiers of the two world wars and a series of strange footwear, typical of the customs of the peoples of the whole world.