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Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti’s wedding

On Sunday October 18th, the re-enactment of the most famous wedding in Cremona at Torrone Festival

18 Oct 2020 Lombardia -Cremona  Folklore | Historical reenactments

The highlight of Torrone Festival, taking place in Cremona from October 16th to 18th, 2020, is the historical reenactment of the wedding of Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti, happening on Sunday October 18th, 2020, the second day of the festival.

Wedding Sforza-Visconti - Lombardia

The origin – In 1430, Bianca Maria, the only heir to the throne of the Duchy of Milan, was promised to Francesco Sforza at the age of five. On that occasion, her future husband was given part of the dowry, namely the territories of Cremona, Castellazzo e Bosco and Frugarolo.

The wedding was celebrated in Cremona 11 years later, on October 25th 1441 when Bianca Maria was just 16 years old.

Celebrations continued for several days with tournaments, allegorical floats and a gorgeous wedding feast, during which Torrone was first served. The name “torrone” probably comes from “Torrazzo”, the bell tower of the Cathedral of Cremona.

The reenactment starts with a parade featuring over 150 historic characters dressed in Renaissance costumes. Flag throwers, drummers, ladies and knights, archers and jesters take part in the parade, ending in Piazza del Comune, where the reenactment of the wedding ceremony takes place.
The end of the ceremony marks the beginning of celebrations with choreographies and fireworks.

(photos: website of the event – Studio B12)

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