Tour delle Merlate - Castello Sforzesco, Milan

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#1 of 74 in Museums in Milan
Well-preserved and packed with history and art, Tour delle Merlate - 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 Tour delle Merlate - 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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  • August 18, 2017
    Majestic and full of history, in all its beauty daily welcomes thousands of visitors and passers-by. Isn't that the beauty of 60 cats down in the courts, a very good idea to take advantage of space and help animal life. It is surrounded by a huge park where you can go jogging or walking in complete relaxation.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A medieval-style castle ... great as the family that had ... well maintained as almost everything in Italy ... not to be missed and easy.
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  • August 18, 2017
    down the busy via Dante and as you're approaching you see its magnificence. Walks around the Castle and possibility to enter the Museum.
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