Tourist Attraction in San Giovanni in Croce: Villa Medici del Vascello
Villa Medici del Vascello of San Giovanni in Croce, is a wonderful synthesis between military architecture and extra-urban nobility, was erected in 1407 by Cabrino Fondulo, Lord of the City of Cremona, in a strategic geographical position between the territories of Parma, Mantua and Brescia. Between the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the sixteenth century, the "owner" was Cecilia Gallerani (1473-1533), the famous Lady with the Ermine portrayed by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1488-90 after the marriage in 1492, with Count Ludovico Carminati of Brambilla called 'Il Bergamino', the feudal lord of the place. Cecilia animated a small Renaissance court and gave it with charm and culture to the small town of San Giovanni in Croce, hosting the most important personalities of the Lombardo Renaissance. Significant architectural changes were made in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by the Marquis Soresina Vidoni, new owners of the monumental complex of Cremona; They turned the Rock into a country-style mansion. Giuseppe Antonio Soresina Vidoni, at the beginning of the 19th century, made a large garden park (12 hectares) adjacent to the village, embellished by various pavilions and artistic artifacts, embedded among the various essences of valuable, not only autochthonous plants such as a Ginko Biloba, among the first specimens imported into Europe from China (whose planting should be placed in the early nineteenth century). Within the park, there is also the only urban gargoyle in the province of Cremona (one of the few in Italy), inhabited by about fifty pairs of squirrels, nitticore and herons. The monumental-naturalist complex of Villa Medici del Vascello, acquired by the municipality of San Giovanni in Croce in 2005, was reopened for public enjoyment in May 2014.