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Sforza Castle
Sforza Castle

Sforza Castle

8.578 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Castle or Palace
Ranked #4 in Milan things to do
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Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
+39 02 8846 3700
https://www.milanocastello.it/
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Sforza Castle was the defending power of Milan in the 14th and 15th centuries. Acting as one of the grandest citadels in Europe, it’s almost hard to believe this great structure now holds collections ... Read more
of art and often serves as the venue for weddings. While it suffered much during World War II, post-war reconstruction helped transform it into the museum it is today, where works from both Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci can be found within.

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Vancouver

Nice castle with dry moat, probably not the most visit place in Milan but very information with a huge museum inside.

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Miami

Very cool castle that is about a 15-20 min walk from Duomo. I did not go inside but enjoyed taking photos on the grounds and inner courtyard.

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Houston

This was a really great piece of history. The various places in the castle you were able to see were really pretty. I would definitely go see it again.great to see while you are in the city.

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Local from Milan

In the middle of Parco Sempione, an amazing castle, with a great museum and la lot of green grass to chill

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Oakville

Beautiful place and easy to access too. Lots of people sitting around and I don't believe it is a safe place for solo travellers.

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Santa Clara

I came here thinking we would be able to see Da Vinci's work, but the section was closed. Disappointed, we walk around the rest of the museum, but overtly religious art isn't my style. Ended up walking around looking for the statues but got tired before we got there.

Overall, a little disappointed, but the castle itself was ok.

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San Francisco

The shell of a long defunct castle/fortress still stands in the center of Milan. How cool is that. The lawn behind it offers great park sitting opportunity, and the fountain out front is a great place to have your things stolen by gypsies!

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Local from Milan

With MM line 2 from Sant'Ambrogio to Lanza
Not to be missed La Pietà Rondanini - Michelangelo

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San Francisco
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The museum in the castle is very extensive. Allocate a good portion of your day if you want to see everything.

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Local from Milan

Truly amazing, together with its garden. Go in the evening to enjoy the city lights and the fountain!

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United States

Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a huge Renaissance palace located in Milan Italy. The Civiche Raccolte d'Arte Antica museum is located in the castle.

Sforza Castle can be found down Via Mercanti from the Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

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Torrance

Good for day time visit. Out side surrounding there are a lots of delicious ristorante and bar can visit.

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Calgary

You could spend days here just visiting the museums alone. And then there's the activities on the grounds, like a gelato festival when we visited. Or you could just laze in the sun like so many also opted to do as this is an oasis of greenery in a busy city.

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Dallas

This castle was a huge surprise. Not only for the structure itself, but for the treasures it held inside. This massive complex doubles as a museum of sorts. Art, sculptures, furniture. Every room contains history. It was a bit confusing at first. We were told it was free, but then told a ticket was required. After a short trip to the gift shop we discovered the tickets were free and we continued on our journey. Notes for many of the exhibits are available in English, but finding someone who spoke English was a challenge so basic Italian may be needed. The castle is surrounded by a beautiful park and is accessable via subway.

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Los Angeles

The Sforzesco Castle is one of Milan's most important monuments. It long served as a symbol of power for local and foreign rulers.
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At the start of the early 20th century the castle was saved from demolition and now houses a number of civic museums. A must see! and the wedding-cake shaped fountain at the entrance is simply amazing

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Belo Horizonte

The Sforzesco Castle, one of the most famous monuments in Milan, has seen long historical vicissitudes during the past years. It was demolished, then rebuilt several times, becoming a symbol of events in the historical background of the city. In the back of the castle you get in the Sempione Park!

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Irvine

I didn't do enough research on the Sofrza Castle before going, so I allocated just a couple of hours to explore the castle. I was very surprised when I found the castle actually has 7 different mini museums. Each mini museum has a different focus (i.e., Roman exhibits, Egyptian exhibits). Even if you don't go to the museums, you can just relax and enjoy the view inside the courtyard of the castle.

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Los Angeles

This is a huge compound of housing over a dozen museums, I didn't care much for the museums as they tended to be smaller and not very well laid out. Worth a visit for the historical aspect of the castle.

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Skopelos Town

i was there travel and it was amazing ...my eyes where like they never see something like that ...so awesome...

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Limbiate

Castello Sforzesco (English: Sforza Castle) is a castle in Milan, Italy, that used to be the seat and residence of the Duchy of Milan and one of the biggest citadels in Europe and now houses several of the city's museums and art collections.
The original construction on the site began in the 14th century. In 1450, Francesco Sforza began reconstruction of the castle, and it was further modified by later generations. A number of these rooms originally had elaborate internal decoration - the best known of these being the Sala Delle Asse with surviving ceiling paintings by Leonardo da Vinci.
After the French victory in the 1515 Battle of Marignano, the defeated Massimiliano Sforza, his Swiss mercenaries and the cardinal-bishop of Sion retreated into the Castello Sforzesco. However, King Francis I of France followed them into Milan, and his sappers placed mines under the castle's foundations, whereupon the defenders submitted. Under the Spanish domination, the castle was developed: between 15th and 16th century, was protected by 1000 to 3000 men, and was one of the biggest citadels in Europe; a huge star fort was built, with 12 bastions. The external fortifications reached 3 km in length and covered an area of 25,9 hectares.[1]
After the unification of Italy in the 19th century, the restoration of the castle was started following its transfer from military use to the city of Milan. The restoration work was directed by Luca Beltrami. The central Filarete tower above the main city entrance was rebuilt between 1900 and 1905 as a monument to King Umberto I.
The castle was severely damaged as a result of the allied bombardment of Milan in 1943 during World War II. The post-war reconstruction of the building for museum purposes was undertaken by the BBPR architectural partnership.
The Sforza Castle is sited along the Sempione Park's margins, one of the largest parks in the city.

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Aliases: Castello Sforzesco, Sforza Castle

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