April 9, 1454
DescriptionThe Treaty of Lodi establishes peace and a stable political framework in Italy between Venice, Milan and Florence
RateVery important (8)
Venice, faced with a threat to its commercial empire by the Ottoman Turks, was eager for peace in Italy. Sforza, a condottiere (mercenary general) who had been proclaimed duke by the people of Milan, also was eager to end the costly war. By the terms of the peace, Sforza was recognized as ruler of Milan, and Venice regained its considerable holdings in northern Italy, including Brescia and Bergamo. The other belligerents (Milan’s allies—Florence, Mantua, and Genoa—and Venice’s allies—Naples, Savoy, and Montferrat) had no choice but to acquiesce to the peace.