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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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  • It was a nice day and we enjoyed seeing the castle. I had read about the museums but we were in a crunch for time so we walked through Parco Sempione (very nice large park) to the Arco della Pace... 
    It was a nice day and we enjoyed seeing the castle. I had read about the museums but we were in a crunch for time so we walked through Parco Sempione (very nice large park) to the Arco della Pace...  more »
  • It is interesting to see how much this differs to UK castles. It's also amazing how much you can see for free. There are a lot of different museums that you can pay to enter. I did not visit any of... 
    It is interesting to see how much this differs to UK castles. It's also amazing how much you can see for free. There are a lot of different museums that you can pay to enter. I did not visit any of...  more »
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  • Wonderful experience! Such a variety of exhibits and such interesting items! A €5 ticket was a steal for the amount of fascination things we saw. Exhibits included musical instruments, sculptures, pottery, glass, furniture, paintings, and so much that we didn’t even have time to see. Best museum experience and a super low price!
  • Very interesting historical site, gives you the feeling you're inside a movie. Also it is surrounded by a beautiful park. At night the place is closed but is lit up with beautiful lights. At day time you can come inside the castle and see what you probably learned about in history lessons. It was very interesting. We weren't able to actually enter inside the building because there was some kind of private event, but the yard and everything else is open for free at is worth seeing.

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