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Located in the centre of Milan, the Castello Sforzesco is a historic castle that houses some of the city’s best galleries and museums. Come to explore cultural institutions such as the Museum of Ancient Art, or imagine the fortress as it once was as part of a guided tour.
The castle was first built as a citadel and later housed the Visconti royal family. Residents destroyed the building when the last of the royal family died, and it was rebuilt in its current form a few years later. Despite many residents, a number of battles and large damage over the years, sections of the building still resemble the powerful fortress it once was. Restoration work at the end of the 19th century saw the castle open in its current form in 1900.
Walk to the centre of the complex to see the 70-metre (230-foot) tower. Artwork by Renaissance painters such as Leonardo Da Vinci adorned the walls and many are on display in the museums here today.
Take a tour to discover the long history of Castello Sforzesco. Book a guide through a local operator to see inside the structures that still stand. Walk around the fortress walls and into the two towers, Torrione dei Carmini and Torrione di Santo Spirito.
Inside the fortress complex you’ll find several museums, including the Museum of Musical Instruments, an Applied Arts Collection and the Antique Furniture and Wooden Sculpture Museum. Visit the Museum of Ancient Art to see masterpieces by artists such as Michelangelo. Inspect the original manuscript of Da Vinci’s Codex Trivulzianus in the Trivulziana Library. The 55-page document provides insight into his brilliant mind through drawings and studies of architecture, military and language.
Reach the castle by tram or metro. For those coming by car, there are plenty of parking spaces in the area if you’re willing to pay. If you are coming on foot, walk through Parco Sempione to reach the castle. Sempione is the biggest park in Milan, and has trees, walking paths and statues.
The castle complex is closed on Mondays and some public holidays. There is a fee for admission.
Located in Central Station, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pirelli Tower and Piazza della Repubblica. Corso Como and Corso Buenos Aires are also within 1 mile (2 km). Gioia Station and Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.
This luxury hotel is located in Milan (Central Station), near the airport, Piazza della Repubblica, Indro Montanelli Public Gardens and Pirelli Tower. Also nearby are Corso Como and Pinacoteca di Brera. Milan Repubblica Station is only a 3-minute walk and Turati Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this romantic residence is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Dal Verme and Castello Sforzesco. Teatro alla Scala and Cathedral of Milan are also within 10 minutes. Cairoli Station and Cordusio Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Cinque Giornate, Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory and Palace of Justice. Villa Necchi Campiglio and Via Montenapoleone Fashion District are also within 15 minutes. San Babila Station is 13 minutes by foot and Milan Dateo Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Dal Verme, Teatro alla Scala and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Cathedral of Milan and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. Cairoli Station and Cordusio Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Resti romani di via Brisa, Santa Maria delle Grazie and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology and Castello Sforzesco are also within 10 minutes. Cadorna Station and Milan Cadorna Nord Station are within a 5-minute walk.
This family-friendly Milan hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Corso Como, Arco della Pace and Sempione Park. Pinacoteca di Brera and Piazza della Repubblica are also within 1 mile (2 km). Monumentale Station is 5 minutes by foot and Cenisio is 11 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Indro Montanelli Public Gardens and Via Montenapoleone Fashion District. Corso Buenos Aires and Orto Botanico di Brera are also within 15 minutes. Turati Station is only a 4-minute walk and Milan Repubblica Station is 5 minutes.