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"The Renaissance of Castello Sforzesco" Castello Sforzesco Tip by starship

Castello Sforzesco, Milan: 102 reviews and 241 photos

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Being lost sometimes has its benefits and finding the Castello Sforzesco in this way was one of them for me! I had briefly read about the castle before leaving on this trip. However, I never really expected to have the time to see it. While looking for the church of Santa Maria dell Grazie, the castle literally loomed up before me.

The Castello Sforzesco was transformed into a ducal residence 1450 by Francesco Sforza, son of one of Milan's dynastic families. The castle's origins date back to the 2nd half of the 14th century during the time of Galeazzo II Visconti. Sforza's goal was to rebuild the castle and not only to restore it as a bulwark of defense but also make it a symbol of power and beauty in Milan. Sforza was considered one of the greatest, most honest and organized "condottieri" of Italy's great Remaissance soldier-heroes. After the unification of Italy, restoration was again conducted in 1833 and again after it was seriously damaged in 1943 during World War II.

Today the Castello houses municipal museums containing art, antiquities, musical instruments and the highlighted "Salle delle Asse,"
a frescoed room some attribute to Leonardo da Vinci.

The castle is open daily from 7am - 6 pm in Winter; 7am - 7pm in Summer.
Admission to the castle ONLY is free.

The castle museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 9am - 5:30pm.
Regular full admission (2009): 3 Euros; FREE for children 18 & under;
1,5 Euros for municipal employees, university students and selected other art students.

Address: Piazza Castello
Directions: Cairoli Metro Exit, or Cadorna Stazione exit from the Malpensa Express train.
Phone: %cb02/86461404

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 25, 2009
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