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Castello Sforzesco, Milan

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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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  • Very interesting fortification located not to far from the city centre. Definitely worth a visit, even if you just stroll around it or the courtyard. You can get a very nice view from the nearby park....  more
    Very interesting fortification located not to far from the city centre. Definitely worth a visit, even if you just stroll around it or the courtyard. You can get a very nice view from the nearby park....  more »
  • This compound covers a large area including a dry moat. Whether or not you choose to enter some of the exhibition or museum areas it is an impressive structure. The nearby Sempione park makes for a... 
    This compound covers a large area including a dry moat. Whether or not you choose to enter some of the exhibition or museum areas it is an impressive structure. The nearby Sempione park makes for a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Lovely castle to walk around or chill at. I personally loved the garden in the middle of the castle where you could sit out in the shade and enjoy the surrounding views. The museums have mazing pieces. There were some real surprising pieces of art. I paid 2 or 3 euros to get into all 14 unique parts of the castle. There's art varying from paintings to furniture to cloths and musical instruments. Definitely would recommend anyone to spend a few hours here.

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