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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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  • I didn't think the Museum much. Worth the wait the last time to visit because the ticket is free. Or Tuesdays starting at 2:00 pm admission is also free.
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  • A mini Central Park. Go up past Napolean Arch for coffee and cake. Very pretty and stylish. A must see in Milan. 
  • Home of the noble of Milan by hundreds of years, this huge Castle walled encloses a part very important of the history of Milan. Gigantic proportions and art that make it a must-visit of the city of Milan.
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