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Castello Sforzesco is absolutely worth visiting. Not only does this structure feature quintessential Italian architecture and beautiful gardens, but the castle also houses several pieces of invaluable artwork from across Italy, including Michelangelo’s last masterpiece, Pietà Rondanini – among other Renaissance greats like Da Vinci, Mantegna, and Bramantino.

The impressive ornamental gardens of Ducal Park are world-renowned and extend beyond the Castello Sforzesco complex, inviting visitors for a day of exploring. A 19th-century English garden remains from the Napoleonic era, as well as a gigantic arena built to hold 30,000 spectators – a venue to host occasional naval battles by flooding the stadium with water.

Although basic admission to the castle grounds of Castello Sforzesco is free of charge, you will barely scratch the surface of this iconic Italian monument. Whether you have an hour to spare, or can budget an entire day, there are plenty of opportunities to dig a little deeper to discover the roots of this historic city. With a minimal price tag ranging from €5-10 (depending on your age), choose from a variety of museums and tour experiences to make your Milan adventure worthwhile.

Originally built as a medieval fortress in the 14th century, Castello Sforzesco has exchanged hands between many national and foreign rulers over the centuries, causing a “love-hate” relationship with the people of Milan. However, it is because of this rich historical fabric that it was selected to represent the beauty and history of Milan, as well as guard some of Italy's most precious artworks, sculptures, and monuments.

Today, this famous Italian site has undergone several renovations to bring the Castello Sforzesco back to its original glory, and now includes dozens of museum venues with numerous pieces of art from the Italian Renaissance, a refurbished aquarium, as well as several historical and contemporary monuments in the adjoining gardens, all enclosed among its several piazzas and towers.

Because of the extensive outdoor gardens and buildings, as well as the multitude of museums within the complex, you should budget 2-3 hours or even up to half a day to see the Castello Sforzesco to its fullest potential.

While you can always risk showing up to the Castello Sforzesco for a same-day ticket, it is advisable to book in advance, especially during high season. If you want to see the museums, or if you would prefer a guided tour, making a reservation is always the best option.

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Stefan,  Germany Germany
29 Apr 2024
Giada as a guide is overwhelming. The 6 hours with her fly by. You see the well-known sights, but also less well-known, but still very impressive ones. Everything is very entertaining.
Duomo Di Milano, Santa Maria, Castello Sforzesco, Milan City Center : Small Group Guided Tour
Kata,  Netherlands Netherlands
20 May 2024
The venue is super nice with nice exhibitions. It was easy to access and staff on site was very helpful. The last statue from Michelangelo was the best.
Sforza Castle Entry Ticket with Digital Audioguide
Richard ,  Canada Canada
29 Apr 2024
Giada Larocca was our guide and she was simply excellent. Her description of the Last Supper made one feel as if they were there when Leonardo was actually painting it. Top shelf!!
Duomo Di Milano, Santa Maria, Castello Sforzesco, Milan City Center : Small Group Guided Tour

About: Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) was built as a fortress during the 14th century, and it remains one of the most famous landmarks in Milan. It's a home to work by Leonardo da Vinci, the Sforza treasures, and is known as one of the best museums in the city.

Monday 10:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:30
Thursday 10:00 - 17:30
Friday 10:00 - 17:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:30
Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
Castello Sforzesco
Piazza Castello, 20121, Milan
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