On February 13th, we went to Vigevano to visit the city and learn its origins. It was different from the other school trips in Italy because it was…in English!
We travelled by bus and, when we arrived, we met the guide. His name is Ivan and he is from Australia. He explained us the history of Vigevano and Duke Ludovico il Moro’s dream: making Vigevano the ideal city, calling Leonardo Da Vinci and Bramante to work at this project. We visited Ludovico il Moro’s Castle.
During this visit, Ivan told us that the ideal city of Ludovico was made of two parts: the rich one, placed in the highest part of the city, where the rich people and the nobles lived in their luxury houses; the poor part, placed in the lowest area, where the poor people lived with their animals, such as horses and donkeys, and worked in little shops. Ivan taught us a lot of new things but he also asked us questions and made us feel protagonists in Ludovico’s time, for example he asked: «If you were Ludovico, what would you do?» or «If you were very rich, what would you buy?» This way helped us listen carefully and enjoy the explanation.
After the time spent with Ivan, we joined another guide that told us that Leonardo Da Vinci drew a giant bronze horse to be made in only one print. Leonardo needed to convince Ludovico Il Moro to buy the bronze for the statue, Ludovico preferred using Leonardo’s genius to create weapons. After many attemps, Leonardo convinced Ludovico to buy the bronze, but in that period a war broke up with France and the bronze was used to make the cannon balls. After Ludovico il Moro’s defeat, Leonardo left Milan and Ludovico was imprisoned in France. Leonardo worked in a lot of kingdoms in Italy before going to France, the place where he died in 1519.
Before leaving, we worked in small groups in a workshop and we drew Leonardo da Vinci’s machines, weapons and elements of architecture.
At the end of the visit, we returned to the bus. We had a really great time, I think that this kind of trips is more interesting and funnier than others. I made some practice with my English; it was quite easy because Ivan spoke a really good English.
I’d recommend this trip because I really enjoyed it.