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. PutCastello 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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Castello Sforzesco reviews
If you think you’ve seen all sorts of castles then take a look at this one. It is very different and lots to see with lots of information boards.
If you think you’ve seen all sorts of castles then take a look at this one. It is very different and lots to see with lots of information boards. more »
This castle even predates Milan Duomo by 26 years. Built with a fort around the city with the Duomo at the centre. There are quite a few museums which we didn’t enter
This castle even predates Milan Duomo by 26 years. Built with a fort around the city with the Duomo at the centre. There are quite a few museums which we didn’t enter more »
Amazing place, wonderful historical experience! There are three different museums in the place, all three dealing with history. Simply amazing, one is an ancient art museum that includes paintings and photos from different periods going back several years. The second is ancient objects, furniture, moving accessories and more, the third is the museum of ancient musical instruments. One ticket costs five euros and allows entry to the three museums. I really enjoyed it. You must visit there! There was no line at the entrance and there was no need to purchase a ticket in advance.
This place is so stunning. I sat within the castle walls listening to live music from a stage that had been set up while sketching a picture. Truly a wonderful experience. Not going inside and instead walking around some of the most beautiful architecture I have ever seen will be free and well worth your time. There are also free toilets and a water refill on site which is a bonus.
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