Built in 1368 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti to defend the city from attack, the castle was enlarged by military architect Magatti ... More
Built in 1368 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti to defend the city from attack, the castle was enlarged by military architect Magatti under the instruction of Visconti's successor Gian Galeazzo. Destroyed in 1447, Castello Sforzesco was rebuilt between 1450 and 1500 and enlarged under Francesco Sforza's rule. In 1500, once Sforza's rule was over, the building regained its military function and, after successive transformations, eventually fell into ruin. Rebuilt in the late 1900s, from 1893 onwards the castle gradually became home to various cultural institutions and art collections and remains an integral part of the city's culture today. Guided tours are available. Check the website for timing and other details.
The place is great and the museum is large but you can find a ceiling of Da Vinci, and one of three pieta from michel angel wow!
There is also paintings from Davinci Students.
My family and I were only about 2 to 3 hrs in the castello and I wanted to stay more, but Milan wasnt on our planned visit so only stayed in Milan for about 6 hours and I wish we go back there.
This was such a beautiful castle and so close the a wonderful park. I wish that we had not visited right after an overnight flight on which neither of us slept. We spent about 1/2 hour walking around and through the castle and another 1/2 hour at thte park behind the castle. Really wish I had read up a little more on in and seen more but we were too exhausted. And pictures, I didn't take nearly enough pictures of the place. If you go, don't miss this.
Aside from being a wonderful example of a castle, the Castello Sforzesco has one of the best museums I have ever seen. It has huge rooms filled with incredible vintage musical instruments. from an ivory oboe, to rooms filled with violas, violins, cellos, etc. And the musical section is just part of the museum. If I wasn't with a companion who wasn't as interested as I, I would have spent the whole day just in awe.
Along with the Duomo Cathedral, it's a must see in Milan.
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