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Castello Sforzesco, Milan

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Well-preserved and packed with history and art, Castello Sforzesco was built in the 15th century on the remains of an ancient fortification. Later renovated and enlarged, the castle became one of the largest fortresses in Europe. Once the private home of the Sforza-Visconti ruling family of Milan, this became the Austrian governor's official residence when Lombardy was taken into the powerful Habsburg empire. Largely reconstructed in the late 19th century by architect Luca Beltrami, it now houses museums of applied arts, antique furniture and wooden sculpture, musical instruments, and Egyptian art. The castle also includes hundreds of works of Italian art, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Tiepolo, Titian, Correggio, and Tintoretto, among others. Admission to the castle is free; you can book tickets for the castle museums by phone or buy them on site. PutCastello Sforzesco into our Milan travel route site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This place is so stunning. I sat within the castle walls listening to live music from a stage that had been set up while sketching a picture. Truly a wonderful experience. Not going inside and... 
    This place is so stunning. I sat within the castle walls listening to live music from a stage that had been set up while sketching a picture. Truly a wonderful experience. Not going inside and...  more »
  • This place was amazing to see and free to enter the courtyard type area. You could pay to go in the museum but ours was a very short trip. Milan Cathedral was magnificent, we wished we had headed.....  more
    This place was amazing to see and free to enter the courtyard type area. You could pay to go in the museum but ours was a very short trip. Milan Cathedral was magnificent, we wished we had headed.....  more »
  • This is really a colmbination of a historical site (the fortress) and a collection of musea. There is a lot of interesting things to see from works of sculpture, to art treasures, paintings, musical.....  more
    This is really a colmbination of a historical site (the fortress) and a collection of musea. There is a lot of interesting things to see from works of sculpture, to art treasures, paintings, musical.....  more »
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  • Wonderful experience! Such a variety of exhibits and such interesting items! A €5 ticket was a steal for the amount of fascination things we saw. Exhibits included musical instruments, sculptures, pottery, glass, furniture, paintings, and so much that we didn’t even have time to see. Best museum experience and a super low price!
  • Lovely castle to walk around or chill at. I personally loved the garden in the middle of the castle where you could sit out in the shade and enjoy the surrounding views. The museums have mazing pieces. There were some real surprising pieces of art. I paid 2 or 3 euros to get into all 14 unique parts of the castle. There's art varying from paintings to furniture to cloths and musical instruments. Definitely would recommend anyone to spend a few hours here.
  • Great castle. Lots to see and explore. The museum's are huge! Good value for money compared to other cities attractions. Great for a walk around even if you do not want to visit the paid museum's. There is surrounding gardens and a big historic peace arch, a small cafe and a few little souvenir stands, drinks stands. So you can also eat and drink here. The number 12 tram stops right outside so it's also easy to get to. We visited on a Saturday but it was not too crowded for a peak summer weekend day.
  • Very interesting historical site, gives you the feeling you're inside a movie. Also it is surrounded by a beautiful park. At night the place is closed but is lit up with beautiful lights. At day time you can come inside the castle and see what you probably learned about in history lessons. It was very interesting. We weren't able to actually enter inside the building because there was some kind of private event, but the yard and everything else is open for free at is worth seeing.
  • A wonderful collection of mini-exhibits within a castle! Much of the castle was restored after damage during WW2, but lots of original ceiling frescoes remain, and you can also get up onto the ramparts to really explore the fortress. The cafe in the central courtyard has very fair prices for a museum cafe! Bring a 1 euro coin for a locker if you have luggage/bags with you - the coin is returned when you leave. I'd recommend visiting on a weekday (other than Monday, when the exhibits are closed).

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