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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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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Milan

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Tour cancelled but we didn't get the message
Tenbe
, May 2019
Because of a political demonstration in the area that caused the closing of the nearby Duomo metro station, our tour was cancelled. The guide evidently tried to call and text us, but our European phone wasn't working properly. However, if he had emailed us (and obviously Viator has our email address) we would have gotten the message. Instead, we waited 1/2 hour for a no-show, then had to wait an hour in line just to get into Sforza Castle. No audio guide, no map, and loads of people on a Saturday afternoon. The cancellation seemed unnecessary as there were loads of other tours going through. And we're still waiting to hear about a refund, which the local tour operator did not put through.

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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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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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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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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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The cosmopolitan capital of Milan is one of Italy’s largest cities, and visiting its top sights requires covering a lot ground. On this tour, avoid the hassle of navigating the busy streets on your own and instead walk with a guide to take in highlights like the Duomo, La Scala opera house, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Sforza Castle, and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” in one convenient itinerary.
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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 the 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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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 114 Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) costs USD 65.75. Guided Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) tours start around USD 65.75 per person. See all 114 Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) tickets and tours on Viator.
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