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Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti’s wedding

On November 12th, 2023 the reenactment of the Cremona most famous wedding at Nougat Festival

12 Nov 2023 Lombardia -Cremona  Folklore-Traditions | Historical reenactments

The highlight of Torrone Festival, taking place in Cremona from November 11th to 19th, 2023, is the historical reenactment of the wedding of Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti, happening on Sunday, November 12th, 2023, 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, Frugarolo, Castellazzo and Bosco. 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 sweet 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 wedding ceremony marks the beginning of choreographies and fireworks.

For any further information:
– see an outline of the Nougat Festival>>>
– see the program of the Sunday celebrating the reenactment>>>
– see the website>>> or the facebook page>>>


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(photos: website of the event – Studio B12)

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