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Did you know Northern Italy was home to some beautiful castles? You may have heard about Museo Castelvecchio in Verona, Castello Sabbionara in Avio, or Castel Ronco in Bolzano. These are only a few examples of amazing ancient Italian architecture. A list of these castles in Italy wouldn’t be complete without Castello Sforzesco (also known as Sforza Castle or Milan Castle) in Milan.
The above photo of Sforza Castle (Sforzesco Castle) was taken during Christmas holidays. Built in the 15th century on the ruins of a 14th century building. this castle is one of the best landmarks to pick for a one day in Milan itinerary. The original castle was the home of the Visconti family and it was destroyed by the Golden Ambrosian Republic (source). Here are some neat history facts, should you want to know more about this building, its architects and its inhabitants.
Castello Sforzesco features four towers and a square courtyard with arches. This courtyard is connected to a smaller one that hosts a small, rectangular pond.
How To Get to Sforza Castle
From Milano Centrale train station, you need to take the subway (Line 2) to get to Sforza Castle. There’s also a bus, but the services depart every two hours, so you may not want to use this. As there are about 3.5km, you can walk this distance in about 40 minutes.
From the Duomo, you can take the subway (line 1). However, the distance between the Duomo and Sforza Castle is of only 1 km, so you’ll need less than 15 minutes of walking to get there.
How To Visit Sforza Castle
The best way to visit Sforza Castle is as part of a walking tour of Milan. Here’s an interesting tour you may want to take a look at. It includes Sforza Castle, but also Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church that hosts Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Last Supper.
If you want to do your own thing, go on a self-guided walking tour. Start from the Duomo, visit the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, move on to Sforza Castle, and then to Parco Sempione. Don’t skip the park, because it is simply amazing.
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