Press Tour 26.09.2020 Cusago-Trezzano-Abbiategrasso- Vigevano
The Working Group decided to organize a guided tour, open to interest groups including journalists, associations, agency managers, to evaluate the feasibility of the project and the proposed itineraries together. Departure was from Cusago, first stop in Trezzano on the Naviglio to visit the Church of Sant’Ambrogio, cross the Naviglio Grande in the Ponte Gobbo and peek into the Carthusian Court and the Osteria al Ponte (two former convents). Along the Naviglio Grande reaching the Castle of Abbiategrasso, a building widely used by thousands of people who frequent the library, which is located inside. Around lunch time, they were waiting for us in the little village of Castelletto and we were fortunate enough to be able to visit the Palazzo Cittadini Stampa, home of the Fondazione per Leggere (Foundation for Reading). After an exquisite lunch with local produce, we moved to Vigevano and were welcomed at once a splendid Piazza Ducale. We climbed the entrance staircase to the courtyard of the Castle and there we got lost in one of the largest castles in Italy. We returned to Cusago by 18:00.
Press Tour 3.10.2020 Cusago- Binasco-Bereguardo-Pavia
The second Press Tour covered the castles that are located on the south of our circuit. Departure was also from Cusago, to the South Milan Agricultural Park, along the Naviglio Pavese, and to the Castle of Binasco. After a quick visit to part of the castle currently used as a library along with a guide, the reception we received in Cortile del Castello, the courtyard of the castle, was a pleasant surprise: we took a leap in time, fifteen ladies-in-waiting of Duchess Beatrice of Tenda were awaiting to accompany us and greet her. A quick toast and ancient dances, typical of medieval times, ushered us to a walk to the Castle of Bereguardo, the epicenter of the country and seat of the Municipality, having outdoor spaces suitable for organizing the usual spring and autumn festivals. We ate in a local restaurant in front of the mullioned window, signed FM (Filippo Maria Visconti) and concluded the itinerary with a visit to the Castle of Pavia, from the top of the tower we could enjoy the view of the Po Valley (after the River Po, the longest river in Italy), once dominated by the Visconti family. We returned to Cusago by 18:00.