THE SFORZA CASTLE
Personalized visits for small groups
Being a construction essentially for military purposes, the Castle was built on the city walls. Damaged quite a few times over several wars, it was repeatedly restored and modernized over time. Your tour companion will tell you the story and many anecdotes … such as the “sun of justice” motif, one of the symbols of the Visconti family, later adopted by the Sforzas.
At its heyday in 1450-1500, the Duke’s family had two residences inside. During wartime, they would move into one of the wings, inside the so-called Rocchetta, which was better protected against enemy invasions.
The spectacular fountain in front of the Castle was built in 1930, during the Fascist regime. The central vat carries the decorative motif of a bundle of rods (namely a Fascio), that symbolized Mussolini’s dictatorship. The people of Milan call this fountain tort de’ spus, (namely wedding cake), after the shape created by the jets of water
Inside the huge building there are important artworks, such as:
The Pietà Rondanini, the last incomplete work by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
The Sala delle Asse, a spectacular fresco painted by Leonardo da Vinci on the ceiling of the so-called Room of Wooden Boards, since it owes its name to the wooden wall covering, used at the time to improve heating conditions inside.
Other adjacent exhibitions showcase • Furniture collections, • Design, • Decorative art, • Musical instruments, • Archeology, • Antique prints, • Photos and drawings. There are three libraries for • Art, • Numismatic and • History.
On show works by Mantegna, Bronzino, Correggio, Tiziano, Tintoretto and several other Lombard artists.
Further recommended itinerary
Triennale Milano is an international institution which has organized exhibitions and events about design, architecture, visual arts and theatre since 1923. Its garden is home to works by great artists and designers, such as “The Mysterious Baths”, by Giorgio de Chirico (1973), “The Puppet Theatre” by Alessandro and Francesco Mendini, and the “Le Signore” seats by Gaetano Pesce.
Up to 6 hours approx with some stops to rest and have some food
Cost: € 550 to be shared by a group up to 5 people; 620 € to be shared by a group up 6 to 10 people
- a tour description by an expert
What’s not included
- Transport to reach the meeting point.
- Foods and beverages unless otherwise specified.
- Tips (optional).
- Personal extras
Departurepiazza castello milano
Meeting 30 minutes before the main entrance to the Castle, open under the tower, facing to the fountain