The Castle in the Heart of Milan and the Old Art MuseumsSforzesco Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a huge medieval castle. This is an Italian noble house where dukes and rulers of the city nobility lived in the past.
The magnificent fortress of our time is a 100-year-old reconstruction of the great Renaissance fortress built around 1450 by Francesco Sforza. The Sforza family was one of the prominent aristocratic families living in Renaissance Milan. The castle is named after the family, The Sforzesco Castle.
Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci himself was involved in the design of the building. Some claim that the painter and sculptor Michelangelo was one of the contributors to the design of the magnificent structure of the castle.
In any event, the rulers of the area and the city of Milan once lived in the fortress. Over the 500 years of its existence, it served faithfully the many rulers here, starting with the founders of Sforza, with each generations leaving their mark in turn. Its enormous splendor, over time, became a showcase of these nobles, to demonstrate power and prestige.
One of the most famous tenants who lived in the castle was Ludovico Sforza, who was the patron of the famous Leonardo da Vinci. This wealthy nobleman, together with his wife Beatrice, had assembled a rich and magnificent variety of pieces of art and expensive and impeccable furniture in the castle.
And so, in addition to the impressive medieval castle, there are now varied and wonderful museums. There are 12 different museums here, which show collections of art based on the works collected here from the previous centuries and were the basis for the huge collection currently displayed in the castle. These are the works of the greatest artists in Italy, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.
After exploring the majestic citadel and seeing the treasures of the museums, you can go out and breathe fresh air in the inner courtyards of the castle. Wander around the magnificent gardens around it, or head out to the big park surrounding the fort. Some of the stylish and well-kept gardens around it are not just grand gardens, but real botanical gardens, with a huge variety of plants and flowers from all around the world.
What you can see here in the huge fortress are some of the most important museums in Italy. Among them are the Prehistory Museum, the Museum of Ancient and Medieval Art, the Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of Historical Instruments. Other museums in the castle are the Museum of Pure Art and the Museum of Egyptian Art.
These museums and others expose visitors, among others, to pieces of art made by some of the greatest artists in the history of art, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Do not miss Pieta Rondanini, Michelangelo's last masterpiece.
Among other things, you can see frescoes, ancient frescoes, stunning works of art and Renaissance paintings and the Scuola Grande, which is in Pinacoteca. Pay attention to the works of Michelangelo, one of the greatest Renaissance artists.
Along with art, there is also an impressive collection of antique items, including furniture, carpets, weapons of war, musical instruments and even Egyptian art.
In the 38 museum halls, you can see one of Italy's most impressive collections of medieval and Renaissance art.
TipsEntrance is free of charge to the castle and gardens. Admission is free for museums, every first Sunday of every month and on Tuesdays from 2 pm. On the other days, the entrance to the museum costs about 5 euros, with a 50% discount for students and pensioners. After visiting the castle, you can slip away from the bustle of the city in Parco Sempione, a wonderful green lung, close to here that will allow you to relax after the abundance of museums.