Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco information

Milan , Italy
Piazza Castello
+390 2 884 63 700
Getting there
Metro: Cairoli
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Opening hours
7am-7pm summer, to 6pm winter
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Originally a Visconti fortress, this iconic red-brick castle was later home to the mighty Sforza dynasty who ruled Renaissance Milan. The castle's defences were designed by the multitalented da Vinci; Napoleon later drained the moat and removed the drawbridges. Today, it shelters seven specialised museums, which gather together intriguing fragments of Milan’s cultural and civic history, including Michelangelo’s final work, the Rondanini Pietà .

Civiche Raccolta d'Arte Antica

Housed in the ducal apartments, the Museum of Ancient Art is a stellar collection. From paleo-Christian frescoes to the fine equestrian tomb of Bernarbò Visconti and sculpted reliefs depicting Milan's triumph over Barbarossa, the artworks tell the turbulent story of the birth of Italy's first city comune, murderous dynastic and regional ambitions and lavish artistic patronage, which made this one of Europe's finest courts.

Pinacoteca e Raccolte d'Arte

On the first floor the Furniture Museum and castle Art Gallery blend seamlessly, leading you from Ducal wardrobes and writing desks through to a collection of Lombard Gothic art. Among the masterpieces are Andrea Mantegna's Trivulzio Madonna, Vincenzo Foppa's St Sebastian and Bramantino's Noli me tangere (Touch me not).