La Strada Coperta della Ghirlanda
The Ghirlanda (garland) was name given to a ‘garland’, a ‘crown’ of strong walls built around il Castello Sforzesco (the Sforza Castle) for extra protection. Very little of the Ghirlanda has been left intact but its narrow strada coperta (‘covered’ road) still offers visitors the thrill of a very unusual walk down this secret, hidden road.
When you are on the bridge, you will see le mura del Castello (the castle walls) and opposite them a succession of small barred windows on the wall of the moat. There are more than one hundred of them. They surround the castle on three sides, and it is from these that your underground route will be illuminated. If you take a few steps forward, cross the bridge, you will find yourself exactly above the strada coperta. Under your feet, a criss-cross of rooms and corridors: a hidden world.