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
The castle complex with its multiple courtyards was breathtaking in its scope and majesty. I particularly liked the old Visconti ruins adjacent to the main structure. I visited the enormous museum...
The castle complex with its multiple courtyards was breathtaking in its scope and majesty. I particularly liked the old Visconti ruins adjacent to the main structure. I visited the enormous museum... more »
Really interesting to see a castle of such scale within the city. It is a place filled with histiry, hosting also art collections. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit the colleactions inside..... more
Really interesting to see a castle of such scale within the city. It is a place filled with histiry, hosting also art collections. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit the colleactions inside..... more »
Interesting place with loads of history. Nice to walk through even if you don’t pay to enter one of its many museums. Cafe on site, be ware of people selling bracelets at the entrances and exits.
Amazing place to visit ,enjoy and organize your special events: wedding, musical concerts , fashion show, with this wonderful architecture is fantastic for yours shoots. In the heart of downtown you’re Lovely day to enjoy the wonderful view. Welcome to Italy 🇮🇹
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