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Castello Sforzesco, Milan

4.5
#1 of 431 in Museums in Lombardy
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. Put Castello 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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  • Beyond the enthusiastic comments of tourists who remain fascinated with everything they see, we try to analyze the various aspects punctually: 1) The castle is almost entirely rebuilt, so the original structure remains very little. 2) to visit the museums the site suggests to make the reservation on line choosing the time of entry, then in reality the visitors with reservation mingle with those without. So what's it for? 3) The exhibition on Leonardo is disappointing for duration and contents 4) The various museums (PINACOTECA, musical instruments, glass, ceramics) are large but with few really interesting ideas, without prejudice to some paintings of the picture gallery (some Tiepolo, some Large, a Canaletto, a Bellotto and little else) in short, if we are to compare it to museum structures of other major European cities such as London or Paris, there is no match.
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  • Castle of the 15th immense and very well renovated. It houses various exhibition halls: archaeological, ASSE (Leonardo da Vinci), military, music... Really beautiful. Worth the detour Metro station Cairoli
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