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Tour delle Merlate - Castello Sforzesco, Milan

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Milan attractions like Tour delle Merlate - Castello Sforzesco can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • my bookmarks in Milan, Sforza castle. the best time for me to go see it in the evening when the lights and illuminate this work of milanese architecture.
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  • We visited this amazing castle at night and it was full of lights which created a very nice atmosphere. There is a big fountain in front of the castle. It is free for visitors but the museum part is c...  more »
  • Continuing the journey from the duomo here , i found it not as much grandiose or bold as the Duomo, but rather more refined lets say. Much more calm as well as a more positive feel in the air :)