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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. Put Castello 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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  • The Sforza family was a ruling dynasty in Renaissance Italy. Their 14th century castle stands near the exit of the Cairoli Castello Red Line Metro (subway) stop. You can't miss it! It towers over all ...  more »
  • I only visited the exterior, with the guide who drove us to visit Leonardo da Vinci's last supper and the vineyard of Leonardo. The exteriors of the Castle are kept very well maintained and clean. Very nice walk.
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  • Highly recommend to come and personally inspect this piece of architecture and art. Everyone really enjoyed it.
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  • The historical centre of Milan that commands your attention. An immense sized castle with a lot to see including on premise museums and tours. The palatial grounds at the back of the castle are plush. They offer a beautiful backdrop to the distant Roman columns and archway. Grab plenty of photos!
  • It's an olden 1800 castle that they turned into a park/museum/live event venue. I highly suggest to go there in the morning, so it's less crowded and you get to see more of the history behind the family and the kingdom of the castle. It may be a bit pricey, but if you like history, you'll enjoy it! Once done, take a walk around the park, just to absorb the beauty of it self. Really worth it.
  • Big museum with all sorts of ancient and modern stuff. Ranging from paintings to armory and from music instruments to cutlery. Especially the armory section was really interesting! Walking through the castle was also nice to see. Sometimes it was a bit much of the same thing though. I would reccomend, especially for the 3 euro entrance fee (if you're between 18-25 years old)
  • This Castle is used as a museum, and to raise cultural awareness. A must see place if you come to Milano, Italy. It's near the Arc of Peace. They have open dance floor on Saturdays so bring your dance shoes!
  • A good place to spend a day, especially with a great park next door. Museum was good, but I would have liked more history on the castle vs. looking at plates and vases from the last few hundred years. The ceilings are amazing, but no mention in the audio guide, so look up often! Audibguide is pretty good and worth the 5 EUR.
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