Sforza Castle

Home of the Dukes of Milan

Milan Must-Do's Published on 10 October 2018

Art abounds and is on parade at the Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco), a massive fortification in the heart of Milan. Built during the 14th century, the castle compensates for its dry and austere architecture with its history as a European powerhouse and residence of Milanese dukes in the late Middle Ages. The 18 museums, libraries and archives inside the castle are without a doubt all you need to understand the historical, artistic, social and science scenes in Milano.

Highlights at Sforza Castle

Beauty, knowledge and education come in all shapes and sizes inside the Sforza Castle. Yet, there is a man whose name represents it all! It’s Leonardo da Vinci, known worldwide for his overall genius. Since he lived in Milan for many years, some of his most famous creations are in the city. Inside the Room of Wooden Boards (Sala delle Asse), you can discover da Vinci’s early work and sketches.

Time to Explore: About 1 hour.

Top Tips: The castle has beautiful gardens, ideal for a weekend stroll.

What’s Close? Porta Garibaldi, Museum of Science and Technology, Teatro alla Scala, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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