Battle of Molinella

The Battle of Riccardina or Battle of Molinella, fought on July 25, 1467, in Molinella, was one of the most important battles of the 15th century in Italy.

Battle of Molinella
Depiction of the battle in the Malpaga Castle
DateJuly 25, 1467
Result indecisive
Coat of Arms of the Republic of Venice.svg Republic of Venice Republic of Florence
Commanders and leaders
Bartolomeo Colleoni Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, Federico da Montefeltro
14,000 13,000
Casualties and losses
500 killed
500-1,000 wounded
1,000 horses killed "ripped up"


The battleEdit

The battle was fought along the Idice river, between the villages of Riccardina (near Budrio) and Molinella. Historians disagree on who won the battle. The only certainty is that Bartolomeo Colleoni had to abandon his plans to conquer Milan. There were between 600 and 700 casualties. Notable was the large number of horses killed (almost 1,000).

The battle is historically important because, for the first time in Italy, artillery and firearms were intensively used.

A large fresco in the Castle of Malpaga, probably by Girolamo Romani, depicts the battle.
In 1468 peace was concluded under the initiative of Pope Paul II.