The Castello Sforzesco (or Sforza Castle) is a huge, classically crenellated pile of red-brick masonry on the western edge of central Milan.
The castle was built by the earlier Visconti dynasty, but became home to the ruling Sforza family in 1450. Stark and domineering, the castle is propped up with massive round battlements, and a stepped tower overlooks the central courtyard and gardens. Leonardo da Vinci helped design the defensive walls.
Today the castle houses a handful of excellent museums and galleries. See sculptures by Michelangelo in the Museum of Ancient Art off the courtyard, and a rich collection of paintings by the likes of Titian and Bellini in the Pinacoteca ("art gallery") on the 1st floor.
Wooden sculptures and furnishings fill the Museum of Applied Arts, again on the 1st floor, next door to the Museum of Musical Instruments. You’ll also find Egyptian and prehistoric collections in this huge castle complex.
The Castello Sforzesco is at the northern end of Via Dante, which runs off the western end of central Piazza del Duomo. Handy underground metro stops include Lanza, Cairoli and Cadorna Triennale.
Tours & Tickets
Discover Milan and see da Vinci’s masterpiece, 'The Last Supper,' on this 3.5-hour tour. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Santa Maria delle Grazie to ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Discover Milan's signature sights and gain skip-the-line entrance to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ on this 3-hour small-group walking tour. With an ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Discover the best that Milan has to offer with a 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour. See all the main sights from aboard an open-top double-decker bus. Cruise by ... Read more
Duration: Ticket valid for 48 hours from the time of first use
See the sites of Milan in style aboard an eye-catching vintage tram and enjoy discounted entry to top city attractions and 24-hour free access to the public ... Read more
Duration: 1 day (approx.)