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Residence of the dukes of Sforzesco dynasty in Milan, Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco in Italian) is a Renaissance palace that has an impressive history and that is today host to several museums and art collections.
On the ground floor of the Ducal Courtyard you’ll find the Museum of Ancient Art; you can also visit Pinacoteca (there is a small fee here) – on display 230 works of art, which include masterpieces by famous Italian painters such as Mantegna, Antonello da Messina, Foppa, Cesare da Sesto, Procaccini, Cerano, and many others. There is also an exhibit of 15th – 21st century furnishings and Wooden Sculpture and, on the first and second floors of the Rocchetta you’ll find collections of Applied Arts and the museum of Musical Instruments. The underground level of the Ducal Courtyard hosts the Egyptian Section of the Archaeological Museum and Sala Viscontea. With a free admittance, you can also visit the Iconography of the City and Castle of Milan in Castello Sforzesco, “Achille Bertarelli” Print Collection Reading Room. The collections and pieces of art exhibited here are renewed.
Visiting Sforza Castle is a must for any traveler in Milan. It is a lovely place, a calming one. You’ll be able to take some interesting photos, walk through this places filled with history, learn about the important moments in the castle’s history and admire the collections hosted here.
The castle has a great official website, one that allows you to have also a virtual tour – of course being there beats any such tour, but it is a great opportunity for anyone in the world to visit the palace online. You’ll find as well all about the castle’s history.
I’m inviting you in a visit through more photos taken by my husband.
And some photos from a dear friend:
Have you visited this castle? How did you find it?