The guided tour of Milan’s Castello Sforzesco leads you to discover the history of one of the most beautiful castles in Italy, the seat of power before the Visconti and later the Sforza.
Built on an earlier Visconti nucleus, the Sforzesco Castle was built by Francesco Sforza in the 15th century, calling from Florence the architect Antonio Averlino known as Il Filarete, who will also entrust the Ca ’Granda project. During the duchy of Ludovico il Moro the Sforza Castle was further embellished thanks to the interventions of Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci, who frescoed several rooms of the ducal apartment and of which today remains the Sala delle Asse.
In the 16th century the castle came under Spanish rule which used it as a military citadel and provided it with a new star-shaped defensive system designed by Vincenzo Seregni. The Sforzesco Castle retained its military destination even under the Habsburg and Napoleonic rule. It was Napoleon himself who ordered the destruction of the building, in agreement with the Milanese population that saw the symbol of a centuries-old foreign tyranny in the Castle. Antolini’s project for the new Foro Bonaparte dates back to this period and will be largely replaced with the creation of Parco Sempione. Despite some losses, the Sforzesco Castle survived the destruction and was restored at the beginning of the 20th century by the architect Luca Beltrami, giving it a more original appearance. Finally, the Castello Sforzesco passed to the Municipality of Milan and is still home to some of the most important museums in the city, including the Pinacoteca, the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of Ancient Art, the Museum of Musical Instruments, the Library Art, the Historical Archive and Trivulziana Library, the Bertarelli Collection of Prints.
- 2-hour guided tour conducted by a guide with regular professional licence.
- Microphone system for a better use of the visit
- Entrance ticket to three Civic Museums of the Castle
What’s not included
- Transport to reach the meeting point
- Food and beverage unless otherwise specified
- Tips (optional)
- Personal Extras
DeparturePiazza Castello, Castello Sforzesco - Milano
Meeting 15 minutes before the start of the visit under the entrance tower of the Castello Sforzesco