Sforza Castle

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The Sforza Castle is a castle that is situated in the Italian city of Milan. The castle was originally built in the 14th century by the Viscount's but was later taken over by Francesco Sforza in the 15th Century. As the Duke of Milan, Sforza decided to reconstruct and expand the castle and built a magnificent castle for the dukes of Milan, which was decorated by the best artists of the time; Leonardo Da Vinci and Donato Bramante. For the next few centuries, the castle was occupied by the military during the foreign occupation and was used as a barracks for the Italian army. It wasn't until the 19th century that the castle was restored to its former glory by architect Luca Beltrami and since then it has served the purpose of housing some of the city of Milan’s museums.

Getting there

The castle is accessible by the city’s metro system with the M1 lines ‘Cairoli’ and ‘Cadorna’ stops close by.

Opening Times and Admission

You can walk around the castle's grounds for free. The castle itself is open from 7am-6pm. If visiting the castle you may as well go inside the museums located within the castle such as the ‘Museum of Ancient Art’ or the ‘Museum of Musical Instruments’, this will give you a better look at the castle's interior as well as taking a look at the city’s art collections.

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