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Update information to visit one of the most important attractions of Milan, the Milan Sforza Castle

The Sforza Castle is a fortification located in Milan, just outside the historic center of the city. It was built in the fifteenth century by Francesco Sforza, who had recently become Duke of Milan, on the remains of a previous medieval fortification dating back to the 14th century known as Porta Giovia Castle. In the same area where the Castle of Porta Giovia stood, in Roman times, there was the homonymous Castrum Portae Jovis, one of the four defensive castles of Roman Mediolanum (Milan). Greatly transformed and modified over the centuries, the Sforza Castle was, between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, one of the main military citadels of Europe. Finally, it was the protagonist of a historical-style restoration carried out by Luca Beltrami between 1890 and 1905. The Sforza Castle today is hosts some cultural institutions and important museums, such as the Castle Picture Gallery, the museum of prehistory, the Egyptian museum, the museum of musical instruments and many others. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and one of the main symbols of Milan and its history.



  • Pietà Rondanini Museum: Michelangelo’s unfinished masterpiece has found a new home in an exclusive location: the old Spanish hospital. This space, in the Cortile delle Armi (Cortile delle Armi) of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, was recently renovated and set up by Michele De Lucchi to exhibit the Pietà. The piece is unique in the context of 16th century sculpture.


  • Museum of Decorative Arts: The Museum hosts a collection of furniture from the 15th to the 20th century, wooden sculptures, ceramics, magnificent precious works, ancient weapons and armor and the extraordinary Trivulzio tapestries of the months.


  • Egyptian Museum: A collection of international importance which includes mummies, sculptures, portraits of the pharaohs, domestic objects and those used to worship the dead and papyrus.


  • Castle Picture Gallery: the gallery hosts masterpieces of painting from the 14th to the 18th centuries, with works by Mantegna, Foppa, Lotto and Canaletto. A highlight is the extraordinary room dedicated to Lombard Renaissance paintings.



The Sforza Castle, located in Piazza Castello, a short distance from the historic center of the city of Milan can be reached by:

Underground: M1 line, Cadorna FN and Cairoli stops; M2 Line, Cadorna FN and Lanza stops

Surface Transport: Tram 1, 2, 4, 12, 14, 27; or Bus 50, 57, 58, 61, 94

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Milan Travel Card: It is possible to purchase the Milan Travel Card to have free access to public transportation, and discounts in many museums and attraction in Milan, at the price of 10,50 € (for 24h), 17 € (for 48h) and 19 € (for 72h), click here for more information about.



  • Timetables

Castle: from Monday to Sunday, from 7:00 to 19:30

Museums: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 to 17:30


  • Castle and Museums Tickets

Full Ticket: 10 €

Reduced Ticket: 8 €