Castello Sforzesco
Castello Sforzesco
4.5
09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:30
Thursday
09:00 - 17:30
Friday
09:00 - 17:30
Saturday
09:00 - 17:30
Sunday
09:00 - 17:30
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Neighbourhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Lanza • 4 min walk
  • Cadorna • 4 min walk
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  • Corneliu L
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The right place for experiencing historical times
    Castle architecture in the region from medieval times, with several museums housed inside. Reserve few hours to visit all, to live historical memory times. Lovely also Sempione park in the back of the castle, we're seen cute squirrels. Nice place for all ages!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 May 2023
  • bradmurphy0212
    Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally recommended
    The Castello is so simple awesome. Visiting it in one day is not possible it seems. We have a lot of fun taking pictures and admiring the beauty of the construction. Walls, windows, gardens, I love it all. Totally recommended!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 July 2023
  • EssexBetty64
    Essex, United Kingdom614 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A vast castle
    This castle is vast. You can walk around the grounds inside and outside for free. We paid for tickets to go inside - about 5E each. The museum is huge - not lall of it is for everyone but you would definitely find something that would interest you - the music room alone has over 900 pieces. You also get to go to the top of the castle as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Donna B
    Gladwyne, Pennsylvania427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Castle with Museum
    We took a day trip to Milan by train from Varenna primarily to visit the Castello Sforzesco. The courtyard and grounds are free but entrance to the museums was only 3 euros for seniors. We bought our tickets at the Castle rather than online. We took the metro to the Duomo from the Central Train Station and walked to the castle in about 15 minutes going up Via Dante. The museums were verybinteresting, but the castle itself, and its history, was most impressive. If it had been a cold or rainy day I could have spent the entire day in the museums but is was sunny and warm so we enjoyed spending several hours at the adjacent Sempione Park.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Karleen H
    Shoalhaven Heads, Australia11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great value for 5 euro
    For 5 euro, this place was great value. You could also get an audio guide for an extra 5 euro. We didnt bother. There were 5 different museums inside. It was also air-conditioned, which was good in 38 degree heat. The toilets were clean
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 July 2023
  • LulaCardona
    Lisbon, Portugal275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sforzesco Castle is undeniably one of the most captivating landmarks in Milan
    Sforzesco Castle is undeniably one of the most captivating landmarks in Milan. It’s a symbol of the city’s age-old history and a breathtaking testament to Milan’s medieval and Renaissance past. The castle’s towering and majestic architecture exudes a sense of grandeur that’s tough to match. Inside the castle, you’re met with striking exhibits and displays. From a collection of antique musical instruments to masterpieces by renowned artists like Michelangelo and Mantegna, there’s something for every art and history buff. The exhibits are well laid out, providing a deep insight into Italy’s rich cultural and artistic heritage. A visit to Sforzesco Castle wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through its beautiful gardens. The Sempione Park, located within the castle complex, is a serene and beautiful oasis. With its leafy trees, winding paths, and incredible castle views, it’s the perfect chill spot after exploring the castle. However, my experience at Sforzesco Castle was somewhat marred by the on-site restaurant, Calicantus Sforzesco. The quality of the food was a real letdown. The biggest offender was the risotto, which was obviously from a supermarket packet and served up as if it was fresh. Plus, some of the staff were pretty snippy, adding an unpleasant twist to the dining experience. In a nutshell, Sforzesco Castle is a must-visit for anyone in Milan. The exhibits, architecture, and gardens are seriously impressive. Unfortunately, the dining experience at Calicantus Sforzesco leaves much to be desired. My advice is to soak up all that the castle and its gardens have to offer, but maybe plan on grabbing your grub elsewhere.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice castle to visit
    Great castle to explore with some really interesting museums inside. Castle grounds are free to explore and they are reasonably well maintained very busy so get there early if you don’t want many hundreds of people around you. If you want to go inside the castle you pay fee to enter the museums, they are good to see but wouldn’t say they are a ‘must do’ so if you have time constraints I would just do the grounds of the castle.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 August 2023
  • 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
    Moscow, Russia135,240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sforza Castle
    Residence of the Milanese Dukes of the Sforza dynasty. Built by Francesco Sforza in the middle of the 15th century. In the second half of the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci was involved in decorating the castle. Interestingly, the appearance of the Sforza fortress was taken as a model by Milanese architects who worked on the Moscow Kremlin.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Steviefull
    Kidderminster, United Kingdom1,944 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A large castle with free entry
    In the beautiful (albeit storm damaged when we went) Sempione park lies the 500 year old Sforzesco castle, a well preserved 500 year old building. Entry to the castle grounds is free, but there are exhibitions inside that you have to pay to see. We were on a tour so just took in the external areas. The exhibitions on when we were there were mainly art galleries. Definitely worth a visit with the park, tower and fountain in the surrounding area, a good way to spend a morning, although the castle itself is less than an hour on its own
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Philip C
    York, Maine576 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Centerpiece of Milan
    Of course the Duomo must be visited but the Sforza Castle really represents the essence of Milan. It is largely a historic renovation (the square holes supported the scaffolding), which houses the amazing private collections of the Visconte family in a fairly new and well organized format (we visited 15 years ago and it was a hodgepodge), in separate but interconnected museums. It is huge so leave yourself at least 4 hours. The civic museum is typical in that any collection looking for a home can find one in this cast space. It reminds of the place that China sets go to die when no one in the family will take them. But there's good stuff there too!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
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Little O
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
I have been here many years ago and it is a lovely place, however today I went again and used the toilet to wash my hands and face. A male staff in the women's toilet shouted at me and asked where am i going, since he assumed I cut the line which I did not and only intended to wash my hands and not use the toilet. I told him I am using the sink.

While I was washing my hands and face he came to shout at me to hurry up and go away.
I was confused and it and asked why? He again shouted at me with a sound to go away because he wanted to use the sink.
I told him he is being rude and to be polite but ofcourse he did not care.

I tried to report this to the info office but they said that they can not help with anything and they are not responsible for the toilet.

This staff is man in a women's toilet and maybe they don't think it is a big issue but this is harassment.
Written 10 May 2024
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Windchill-41
Edmonton, Alberta68 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This place is huge. We entered from the middle of the south west side. We did not know where to buy the museum tickets and by the time we had walked around, we were no longer interested in the museum. Now that I revisit the website milanocastello - there are lots of maps and guides available, we were not prepared
Written 8 May 2024
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dr K.
Beirut, Lebanon415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Huge castle with great history. Beautiful park attached to it to relax. Free entrance. Picturesque. Definitely check it out.
Written 4 May 2024
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Came here in the afternoon to explore the castle and the various museums. We were pleasantly surprised that it is entirely stroller (and therefore wheelchair) friendly. There are public restrooms on site that are not exactly the cleanest but are entirely usable. There is also a baby changing/wheelchair restroom separate to this.
Written 3 May 2024
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tinylass
Sheffield, UK5,794 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Only 10 minutes from the Duomo, this enormous Castle and the surrounding grounds were a delight to wander around in the heat in March. Definitely worth the short walk to see it.
Written 29 April 2024
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Yana B
109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Very chip price as an italian museams,a large and interesting collection.
You need 2-2,5 hours to see all museam .
Incydent the castle you can enter free
Written 2 April 2024
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wiseguy1282005
Hong Kong, China6,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It would have been a great place since the place is free and great to look at.
We saw those people who forced tourists to buy their hand strap.
We lost interest in going into details for the museum, etc.
Overall, it is a good place for taking photos and relaxing without the above situation.
Written 2 April 2024
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Chezza1216
Biggleswade, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The castle has impressive towers and walls. The grounds are massive. We could have stayed longer but didn’t time. There’s a small gift shop and a cafe. You need tickets to get into some parts.
Written 1 April 2024
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Marina
Sorocaba, SP290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The castle is beautiful and very well taken care of. You can enter for free in the complex, and inside there are a lot of museums that you can choose to visit. I didn’t visit any because I was interested in the architecture, and I was not disappointed!
Written 31 March 2024
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Johnny
Fort Lauderdale, FL66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
One of the iconic historical sights in Milan is The Sforza Castle. This majestic fortress is huge in size and beauty. With 4 entry ways and plenty of history it is one of the must see places when in Milan. Take the time to look at its 4 corners and if time permits visit its museums.
It is nestled between the Scala Opera house and Il Duomo. Visiting the castle is taking a walk through Milan's' history.
Written 22 March 2024
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