The symbol of the city of Milan is somewhat macabre; it takes the form of a biscione (viper) in the act of devouring a small child. The biscione was originally the emblem of the House of Visconti, which died out in the 15th century.
Such an emblem crowns the Fountain of the Fauns in Villa Sciarra. The 18th/19th century fountain was imported from Lombardy in the 1920s.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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