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Castello Sforzesco

The Sforza family basically ran the city during the Renaissance and their castle is one of the most interesting museums in Milan. The ducal residence, a colossal square-plan redbrick fortress with great towers in each corner and a moat, was commissioned by Francesco Sforza in the 1450s on the foundations of the 14th-century Visconti Castle (Milan’s previous power family).
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rnIn 1905 it was given back to the city of Milan after centuries of tumult, including Spanish, Austrian and French rule; it now serves as one of the city’s most important museums (English guides available). In the medieval castle’s great halls, beneath beautiful frescoed ceilings and delicate stained-glass windows, are collections of art and artefacts from Lombardian, Roman, Egyptian, ancient and prehistoric times; most notable is Michelangelo’s unfinished sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà.
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rnIdlers can just enjoy the views of this mighty castle and its back garden Parco Sempione (previously the castle’s hunting ground, now Milan’s answer to Central Park); at the west end is Arco della Pace, a splendid neo-classical marble arch designed by Luigi Cagnola in 1807 for Napoleon.

Address
Piazza Castello,
Parco Sempione
Telephone
+39 02 884 637 00
Opening Times
9.30am-5.30pm. Closed Mondays.
Price
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