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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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  • Big castle in centre Milan, easy to reach by metro or by foot. It's nice to see inside and outside, very well kept and with information table about the castle's history and art works inside 
    Big castle in centre Milan, easy to reach by metro or by foot. It's nice to see inside and outside, very well kept and with information table about the castle's history and art works inside  more »
  • Maybe due to low expectations but this came as a huge, pleasent surprise! Beautiful casttle, well maintained with lots of details preserved to see. 
    Maybe due to low expectations but this came as a huge, pleasent surprise! Beautiful casttle, well maintained with lots of details preserved to see.  more »
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  • 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.
  • In wanting to explore the city, we chose the busses to do it since it's only 1.50 euros and good for 90 minutes. On one of the stops we saw the sign for the castle and got off. It was a beautiful castle converted into a museum. Full of history and it's grounds converted into a beautiful park. We enjoyed being there for about 3 hours.

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