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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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  • At €5 per person for the Michelangelo Museum and the castle is great value. The interior of the castle is very impressive. We got there at 8.30am and had an espresso (€1.50) in the cafe then wandered ...  more »
  • The castle was the home of the rulers of Milan, the Sforza family. Very nice architecture of the castle and the inner courts. Don't miss the museum with Michelangelo's unfinished sculpture Rondanini P...  more »
  • We did not want to go for the tour as it was under the sun outdoors so instead we bought audioguides which were extremely expensive. When we looked around the museum we were surprised to see that the ...  more »