Caterina Sforza – Arrival In Forli


On September 25th I will be at Terra del Sole, where the Fortress of Castrocaro is located. I wanted to post this on the day of my arrival there and give you some information about the connection to Caterina Sforza.



CASTROCARO by Sara Mantovani

The Fortress of Castrocaro is the perfect venue for the exhibition dedicated to the “recipes of love and beauty” taken from the work “degli experimenti de la S.r Caterina da Furlj, matre de lo inluxtrissimo Ser Giovanni de Medici” (the experiments of the most excellent Caterina of Forlì, mother of the most illustrious Giovanni de Medici).

Amid battles and sieges, political duties and bringing up her children, Caterina Sforza found the time to study pharmacology, medicine, chemistry and perfumes, an unusual thing for a woman of her time. Throughout her tormented life, marked by instability and excess, Caterina recorded the formulae of her experiments, which were partly encrypted, in a manuscript which was written in Latin and vernacular Italian.

This collection of recipes and remedies is possibly the most complete document of its kind on 15th century medicine and cosmetics that we have. It contains formulae for getting a tan, losing weight, toning up and hair removal, as well as for dyeing and curling your hair.

Sleeping potions, poisons, medicines against the plague and countless other illnesses are also included. Caterina used to concoct ointments and potions for her lovers to increase their amorous capabilities.

In the charming Spa Park, do not miss the Padiglione delle Feste (Party Pavilion): a beautiful Art Deco example designed by Diego Corsani with the artistic collaboration of Tito Chini. It is one of the numberless Rationalist architecture examples which can be admired in Castrocaro and Forlì as well.

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And of course Castrocaro offers you the best traditional food and wine of Romagna such as pasta, piadina and cured meat. The surrounding hills boast a long tradition of grape growing and wine making, resulting in excellent wines with strong body: Sangiovese red wine and Trebbiano white wine are well known nationwide, but also Albana, Pagadebit and Cagnina.

Read more on Caterina Sforza on their original blog site here:  Travel Blog – Emilia Romagna – Footsteps of Caterina Sforza


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