The MULINO DI MORA Or The ECOMUSEUM ROGGIA MORA. This late 15th century building, commissioned by Ludovico il Moro, presents some architectural features that point to the enormous capacity and knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci, in those years the Court sforzesca. In 1494, the Moor gave him as a wedding gift to his wife Beatrice d'Este.
After her death, in 1498, the Sforza gave the mill, with the surrounding land, to the Dominicans of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, which he held until the fall of Napoleon, who confiscated BUONAPARTE of these possessions.
In 1803, the Marquis Tasty redeemed the Napoleonic State mill and all the estate of the Sforzesca, leaving, then, all the assets bequeathed to his nephew Rocca di Reggio Emilia, where Carlo Alberto, King of Piedmont, would have recognized the marquisate of Sforzesca, in 1845.
As a result of a hereditary Division Mora passed to Milan Accounts Low Archinto Gropallo Tasty that, in 1988, sold the Roggia Mora with its hydraulic buildings, Irrigation Association Sesia, East is the current owner.
In 2000, thanks to the will of the East and the Sesia with the contribution of the Lombardy region and the municipality of Vigevano, the mill turned Museum.
Within the halls is a view, composed of 40 panels, titled "the water draws the landscape", which explains the territory transformations that have taken place over the centuries and an exhibition on Leonardo "machines", i.e. projects of Florentine genius designed and built by two skilled craftsmen: Gabriele Niccolai and Dario Noah, with the blessing of Professor Carlo Pedretti.
The machines, made in wood, as in 1400, are fully functional and allow large and small by touch, understand and embrace this world for us so far.
A museum space where there are no traditional Museum rules: the books you can browse, everything is at hand and every time you return. you will find new things!!!!
The excitement of this place is also the room where the meetings took place between the Moro and Cecilia Gallerani, the Lady with an ermine "painted by Leonardo and where legend has it that aleggino even the spirits of two lovers.
Outside the mill has a large garden, a part of which has a path-laboratory for the study of systems of irrigation water measurement and a multipurpose room for meetings, conferences, courses, workshops, etc..
The cultural association "the ideal city" handles, from 2002, the exhibition, research and studies on Leonardo, visits, workshops, events inside the Mill and organises trips for one or more days combining visits to the Ecomuseum of the historical centre, the hydroelectric power plant of Enel, the Ticino Park, white-water rafting ...