Castelo Sforzesco is an old building named after Duke Sforza, who used to rule Lombardy. It is a type of citadel or a large castle surrounded by gardens. In the past, it was home to the city’s rulers, dukes, and other wealthy people. Today, it is one of the places most people think of when they think of Milan, so it is safe to say it is a must-see.
There are rumors that Michelangelo helped design Castelo Sforzesco, but other claims say it was Leonardo da Vinci. In addition to being an imposing building with great architecture, Castelo Sforzesco is also home to no less than 12 museums spread out over 38 halls with many displays, the most famous of which is Michelangelo’s works. There are also many works by other Italian artists, most of whom lived from the Middle Ages until the 17th century.
You can also see the works of the two Ninja Turtles at the Pre-History Museum, the Museum of Ancient and Medieval Art, the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum of Christian Art, the Museum of Pure Art, and the Museum of Historical Musical Instruments.
Most of the pieces are paintings, but wall paintings, frescoes, sculptures, and many historical items are worth seeing.
Even if you don’t have time to look at all this art, you should still go to the citadel. The building is big and beautiful, and the gardens are also well-kept and attractive. There are several gardens outside the defense that should not be missed since it is in the huge Sempione Park. There are lakes, fountains, botanical gardens, and a place to picnic.
The entrance to the citadel is free, but you’ll have to pay a few euros to see the museums inside. Once a month, it’s free to get in on Sunday, and every Tuesday at 15:00, it’s free. Here, a family of four can easily spend a day for 15 euros.
The hours change from summer to winter. The store is open from 7:00 to 18:00 in the winter and from 7:00 to 19:00 in the summer.