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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) Tours

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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco)
Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a medieval fortress built by the Visconti dynasty that became home to Milan’s ruling Sforza family in 1450. Stark and domineering, the historic brick castle has massive round battlements, an imposing tower overlooking the central courtyard and surrounding Parco Sempione gardens, and defensive walls designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Today the castle houses a number of world-class museums and galleries.

The Basics
The castle is among the most important cultural sights in Milan, together with the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie—where Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is located—and the Cathedral. Lines can be long to enter its museums, so book a skip-the-line tour of this vast complex to avoid a delay at the entrance or join a walking tour of the city that includes stops at some of its most famous monuments and a visit to the castle. Certain parts of the castle, including the crenellated ramparts and the covered "Ghirlanda" passage, are only accessible by private tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If traveling with kids, consider taking a family-friendly tour of the castle and its museums. Kids especially enjoy the Museum of Musical Instruments and surrounding gardens.
  • Il Castello Sforzesco is open every day of the week, but the museums inside are closed on Mondays.
  • The castle is accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
  • Large bags and backpacks must be checked in the cloakroom at the entrance.

How to Get to There
Castello Sforzesco is in Piazza Castello on the edge of central Milano, which can be reached from Piazza del Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II by following Via Dante. The three nearest underground metro stops are Cairoli, Lanza, and Cadorna FN.

When to Get There
The museums offer free admission every Tuesday afternoon and the first Sunday of each month, so they’re very busy during those times. Avoid the hassle of the crowds by visiting on weekdays or Saturday.

Artistic Highlights in the Castello Sforzesco Museums
The Museum of Ancient Art holds a number of statues by Michelangelo, including the famous Pieta Rondanini. Upstairs, the Pinacoteca is home to a collection of paintings by masters including Titian and Bellini, while the adjacent Museum of Applied Arts and Museum of Musical Instruments are also worth a visit. In addition, there are excellent Egyptian and Prehistoric collections in this large museum complex.
Address: Piazza Castello, Milan 20121, Italy
Hours: Castle open daily from 7am - 7:30pm. Castle museums open Tues-Sun from 9am - 5:30pm.
Admission: Free. Admission to museums: € 5
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Sforza Castle guided tour

Sforza Castle guided tour

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Explore Milan’s grand Renaissance castle right in the middle of the city during a 2-hour guided tour. The Sforza Castle has been a symbol of the city for centuries and was once home to the powerful Visconti and Sforza families. Learn about the castle’s rich history and its various restorations from fortress to barracks to a private residence to a cultural center as you walk around and admire the grounds.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$66.16
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US$66.16

Sforza Castle Private Tour for Kids & Families

Sforza Castle Private Tour for Kids & Families

Discover Milan’s history on a family-friendly tour of the Sforza Castle. This tour is designed for children to stay engaged and happy as you wander through the castle grounds and see the Ducal courtyard, the Spanish hospital, the Sala delle Asse designed by Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo’s “Pieta.” Learn about the castle’s secrets from your guide and end the tour at Parco Sempione and the Arch of Peace.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$150.35
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Sforza Castle and Museum Guided Tour

Sforza Castle and Museum Guided Tour

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Explore Milan’s historic Sforza Castle and museum on this guided excursion. Enjoy a tour with an official guide through the castle’s inner courtyards and around the fortress while learning about the landmark’s remarkable 600 year history. Then, head inside the castle and see experience its collection of ancient art, admire its former chapel, and gaze at Michelangelo’s final sculpture, “La Pietà Rondanini.”
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.91
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Sforza Castle Express Guided Tour

Sforza Castle Express Guided Tour

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When in Milan, see the Sforza Castle! Join us on a tour of one of the most important landmarks in the city get a real taste of the medieval life. Enjoy our officially licensed tour guides’ descriptions and juicy anecdotes, the only way to truly understand the monument and not to just stand there looking at the walls. Get to know the Dukes of milan and their famous guests, among which, Leonardo Da Vinci who lived there for 17 years. The tour will take you through the inner courtyards as well as the direct surroundings of the fortress where you will get to know the life of the court and the intrigues that only this kind of places conceal.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$18.34
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Sforza Castle and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini guided experience

Sforza Castle and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini guided experience

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Florence is not the only Renaissance city in Italy. You can still find some traces of that period in Milan as well! Unveil the last masterpiece from Michelangelo right in Sforza Castle, located in the heart of Milan. A few steps away from Duomo, the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful piece of art is resting: Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo. He did this amazing sculpture when he was 89 years old, only a few days before his death. But it is not all about Michelangelo! Have you ever heard about his friend Leonardo Da Vinci? During the 1.5-hour guided experience with our monolingual guide you will hear many stories about him as well. Finally, every secret of the Castle is going to take life: visit the courtyard and the interior of the Castle and learn about Milan’ powerful families.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$62.55
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Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' or Vineyard and Milan Duomo Tour

Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' or Vineyard and Milan Duomo Tour

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Explore Milan’s top attractions on a walking tour. Led by a guide, visit the Duomo di Milano, Italy’s largest church, and enjoy your choice between skip-the-line entry to ‘The Last Supper’ or a tour of Leonardo da Vinci's Vineyard. Discover the city’s famous plazas, stroll through the fashion district, and check out popular spots with the locals. Numbers are limited to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.35
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Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the most popular sights of Milan with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket good for 24 or 48 hours. Take in the views of this fashionable city from the top level of an open-air double-decker bus, from which you see the iconic Milan Duomo and the famous opera house La Scala. With three different bus routes to choose from, and opportunities to get on and off as much as you like, the city of Milan is yours to discover.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$26.46
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US$26.46

Last Supper Ticket and Milan Half-Day Tour

Last Supper Ticket and Milan Half-Day Tour

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Explore the city of Milan and Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, Last Supper, on this half-day tour. Visit the main attractions of the city including the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele, and Sforza Castle and learn the history of each attraction. Head to Santa Maria delle Grazie and skip the line to admire the masterpiece of the Last Supper as you listen to informative commentary about the piece and the artist.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$162.38
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US$162.38
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Milan Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Milan Private Tour

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Traverse the metropolis of Milan and uncover hidden gems with this private tour. Learn the history of this important city and visit a few famous landmarks such as the Duomo, Sforza Castle, Teatro La Scala as well as a few lesser-known spots. View works of art around the city and learn about Milan’s influence in the fashion industry from your private guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$64.95
Price varies by group size
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Milan City Center Walking Tour with Local Guide & Fast Entry to Duomo Cathedral

Milan City Center Walking Tour with Local Guide & Fast Entry to Duomo Cathedral

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Sforzesco Castle and Milan Cathedral are two of the most popular sites of interest in Milan, but without a guide their rich histories can be hidden. This convenient walking tour makes it possible to check both off your list in a day, plus take in other Milan landmarks such as the medieval Piazza Mercanti, Piazza della Scala, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$58.94
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US$58.94

Milan Must-See Sites Guided Tour with Skip-the Line Tickets to Duomo & Cathedral

Milan Must-See Sites Guided Tour with Skip-the Line Tickets to Duomo & Cathedral

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Discover the best of Milan on a comprehensive small-group tour of the city. Visit important sites including the Sforza Castle, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, and enjoy skip-the-line admission tickets to the Duomo Cathedral. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the history of Milan as well as famous residents and landmarks. This tour is great for first-time visitors who want a quick introduction to the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$58.94
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Duomo and Sforza Castle guided experience

Duomo and Sforza Castle guided experience

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If you are looking for the symbols of Milan, located in its very city center you are in the right place: the Cathedral, as known as Duomo, and Sforza Castle. Let your guide lead you throughout the enchanting history behind the Complex. Mosaics, colorful windows, statues and pieces of art are gonna taking life during your experience. Unveil the last masterpiece from Michelangelo right in Sforza Castle. A few steps away from Duomo, one of the most beautiful pieces of art is resting: Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo. He did this amazing sculpture when he was 89 years old, only a few days before his death. But it is not all about Michelangelo! Have you ever heard about his friend Leonardo Da Vinci? During the guided experience you will hear many stories about him as well.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$137.12
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Private Best of Milan Guided Tour with Duomo, La Scala Theatre and Sforza Castle

Private Best of Milan Guided Tour with Duomo, La Scala Theatre and Sforza Castle

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Discover vibrant, fashion-forward Milan with a private tour, perfect for first-time visitors. Marvel at Milan monuments like the Duomo cathedral and the 18th-century Scala theatre, then browse the designer boutiques of the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade or admire works by Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Bramante at the medieval Sforza Castle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$227.33
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Milan: Duomo, Sforza Castle Tour 3-hour Private Guide Tour

Milan: Duomo, Sforza Castle Tour 3-hour Private Guide Tour

5Unlock the secrets of Milan's two biggest attractions with a private tour of both the Milan Cathedral and Sforza Castle. It can be daunting to step inside one of the world’s largest churches, but an expert guide shows you the Gothic cathedral’s most impressive art, artifacts, and architecture. Then, learn the fascinating history of Milan’s ducal rulers as you explore the urban castle once decorated by Renaissance masters.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$300.71
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Brera Art Gallery and Sforza Castle Private Tour with Expert Guide

Brera Art Gallery and Sforza Castle Private Tour with Expert Guide

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Discover the masterpieces of the Brera Gallery and Sforza Castle on this 3-hour guided tour. Observe works of art from masters like Raphael, Mantegna, Modigliani, Rembrandt, and more and learn about each work of art from your informative guide to appreciate these masterpieces. Then head to the Brera district to Sforza Castle and learn about Milan’s history while wandering through the beautiful courtyard.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$227.33
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Milan - Last Supper, the Duomo & Sforzesco Castle private tour

Milan - Last Supper, the Duomo & Sforzesco Castle private tour

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Visit the Last Supper, Castel Sforzesco, Duomo's Terraces with a specialized licensed guide and get to know all the facts about Milan's most important and requested monuments. All about this experience: - there is no starting time for this tour and it will be communicated to you after I confirm the booking (due to the Last Supper reservation, they can let us visit the room between 9 am and 6 pm, it is the most requested museum in the city, so prepare for a flexible schedule, I recommend to book this before other activities). - If the Last Supper reservation will be in the morning we will start from there and proceed with the Sforzesco Castle and the Duomo. If it is in the afternoon we will start with the Duomo. - flexible duration from 4 to 5 hours - this tour can be offered in English, French, German, Russian or Italian. - All the tickets are included. - No refund in any case. - For any questions feel free to ask! Best regards.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$625.87
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Private 4-Hour Walking Tour of Milan with private official tour guide

Private 4-Hour Walking Tour of Milan with private official tour guide

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Discover the fashion capital of Italy with your own private tour guide during this half-day walking tour of Milan. Learn about the history and culture of Italy’s second-largest city as you stroll through the streets passing key landmarks such as the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, the San Ambrosio Basilica, Sempione Park, Sforzesco Castle and more. This tour also includes entry to the Duomo Cathedral with a guided tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$251.39
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Walking tour in Milan

Walking tour in Milan

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Milan is a city that can be easily explored on foot: flat, with small dimensions and efficient public transport.
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  • 2 hours
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US$234.71
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Milan Segway Tour

Milan Segway Tour

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Cruise through the streets of Milan on this Segway tour of one of Italy’s most popular cities. Once you’ve mastered the self-balancing, 2-wheeled machine, take off and explore the landmarks of this fashion and commerce capital. Your guide takes you past the Sforzesco Castle, Piazza del Duomo, and La Scala opera house. And you even have a chance to scope out the top street for shopping as you make your way down Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. With a cap of eight people, this Segway tour is guaranteed to offer a personalized experience to travelers who want to explore Milan.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$70.97
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Highlights of Milan Bike Tour

Highlights of Milan Bike Tour

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See Milan from another perspective with this exciting guided bicycle tour of Italy's fashion capital. Opt to take the tour in the morning, afternoon or evening and then hop on a mountain bike to tour the city. With your guide leading the way, pedal past some of the city's main attractions, such as the Duomo and the Sforza Castle, as well as off-the-beaten path landmarks. Numbers are limited to ten on this small-group Milan bike tour, ensuring you’ll see the sights with personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.11
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Milan Hidden Treasures Bike Tour

Milan Hidden Treasures Bike Tour

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Pedal off the beaten path on a 3-hour bike tour of Milan’s tucked-away treasures. See many of the city center’s iconic highlights, and then venture into a less-visited neighborhood for a glimpse into real Milanese life. Hear local legends and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of traveling by bike. Stop at a typical Italian café to refuel with delectable ice cream, espresso or a cocktail.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$42.10
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Milan by night walking experience

Milan by night walking experience

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Breathe a magical atmosphere in Milan during the evening and find out the city from an unusual perspective. Enjoy this 2-hour walking experience with our monolingual tour guide and you won’t be disappointed. Hear many stories of Milan’ noble families and the phantoms that walk around the city in the night. From Sforza Castle courtyards until La Scala Opera House passing by the impressive Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and arriving in Duomo Square, in front of its extraordinary cathedral. Finally, every secret of the city is going to take life. Prepare yourself for an exciting journey discovering Milan by night!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.92
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US$52.92
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Discover the Best of Milan by Tram!

Discover the Best of Milan by Tram!

Discover Milan in a different way, by Tram! A slow ride through the city center. Visit the city center travelling with an ancient streetcar and get the commercial avenue Corso Buenos Aires where, after the tour, you can enjoy some free time of shopping! Sforza Castle, Sempione Park with the Arch of Peace, Brera district, Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, La Scala Opera house , the Fashion District, Piazza della Repubblica, Buenos Aires.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.02
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One Hour Sightseeing Tour in Rickshaw in Milan

One Hour Sightseeing Tour in Rickshaw in Milan

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We take you where others can't. Do you want to visit the historical monuments of Milan comfortably seated? Get on our rickshaw and you will see Milan from a truly unique point of view. What are you waiting for, book your tour!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$36.08
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Two Hours Sightseeing Tour in Rickshaw in Milan

Two Hours Sightseeing Tour in Rickshaw in Milan

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We take you where others can't. Do you want to visit the historical monuments of Milan comfortably seated? Get on our rickshaw and you will see Milan from a truly unique point of view. What are you waiting for, book your tour!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$72.17
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US$72.17
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Historic Milan Small Group City Tour with the Skip the Line access to Duomo

Historic Milan Small Group City Tour with the Skip the Line access to Duomo

Explore the hidden streets of Milan, its main attractions and history with an expert local guide in a 3-hour small group tour. Maximize time with the skip the line access to the Duomo Cathedral, one of the Milan architecture masterpieces.You will continue with the Brera district, one of the most artistic and ancient districts of Milan, known for its  artisan’s workshops , stores selling canvases and paints. Here overlooks the Brera Palace, which contains a wide collection of paintings since 1809 and a garden with uncommon plants and flowers from around the world.Next stop will be the Sforza Castle. Ancient Visconti fortres,.later became home to the Sforzas, the rulers of Milan, who transformed in the 15th century it into a magnificent ducal palace and today it  hosts several museums.Continuing your stroll, you will admire a magnificent glass-covered arcade ,The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$57.74
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What are Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) hours of operation?
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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) hours of operation: Castle open daily from 7am - 7:30pm. Castle museums open Tues-Sun from 9am - 5:30pm.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 108 Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) costs USD 66.16. Guided Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) tours start around USD 66.16 per person. See all 108 Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) tickets and tours on Viator.
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