Caterina Sforza

Caterina Sforza

The legend of Caterina Sforza, the lioness of Romagna

More than 500 years after her death, Caterina Sforza continues to capture the imagination of those who are intrigued by her personal history. She lived life to the full, passing from the battlefields to botanical gardens and from the splendours of Renaissance courts to the darkest, dankest Papal prisons. It was thanks primarily to her charm, shrewdness, culture, far-sightedness, determination and passion for the arts – including the “art of war” – that she managed to implement, at least in part, her plans for a single seignory in Romagna. Although none of the key events in Caterina’s life took place in Forlimpopoli, we know that the town’s fortress was a key strategic military site for her and was used to host diplomatic meetings.

(picture by P. Novaga)