Sforza Castle

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The Sforza Castle was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan, and was the residence of the lords of the city for four centuries. It was one of the biggest citadels in Europe and it is sited along Sempione Park, the largest park in the city.

The castle was originally built in the mid-14th century by Galeazzo Visconti, the Lord of Milan, and symbolized the power of the Visconti family. As the family's power declined with the death of Galeazzo, so did the castle. Many battles followed as the Spain, French and German nobles tried to claim title of the castle, but it was Francesco Sforza and the people of Milan who ultimately controlled power and ousted the Visconti family.

Sforza had the original castle rebuilt but wanted to display his power and sophistication, so he added a touch of Renaissance to it. He hired a famous Florentine architect known as Filarete to come and build the new fortress. The castle is square-shaped and features four towers at each corner, three courtyards, and a moat.

Leonardo da Vinci spent most of his golden years as an artist at the castle. He contributed to completing many frescoes in a number of the castle's rooms and much of his work portrayed people from the court such as Lady with an Ermine, La Belle Ferronière, and Portrait of a Musician.

Sforza Castle is the largest monument in the city of Milan and second most popular, behind The Duomo. Following an extensive restoration work carried out at the beginning of the twentieth century, it now houses several of the city's museums and art collections.

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Sforza Castle guided tour
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Sforza Castle guided tour

Explore all the secrets hidden in the Sforza Castle of Milan with this 1.5-hour guided experience inside one of the most iconic symbols of the city.

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Best of Milan and Last Supper semi-private tour from Duomo
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Best of Milan and Last Supper semi-private tour from Duomo

Visit the main gems of Milan with this 3-hour guided walking tour such as Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Teatro alla Scala, Brera.

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Escape Tour self-guided, interactive city challenge in Milan
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Escape Tour self-guided, interactive city challenge in Milan

Discover Milan in a unique way: find clues and complete the puzzle in an escape app-guided tour!

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Last Supper tickets and Milan walking tour
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Last Supper tickets and Milan walking tour

Visit Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper, and enjoy a guided walking tour up to the Sforza Castle.

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Milan audio guide with TravelMate app
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Milan audio guide with TravelMate app

Explore Milan at your leisure with this TravelMate app on your mobile device. Don't miss anything and learn interesting facts about the city.

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Milan self-guided audio tour
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Milan self-guided audio tour

Explore Milan at your own pace! Enjoy an app containing over 130 points of interest, famous transport routes, sightseeing itineraries and walking tours.

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Walking tour with Last Supper, Duomo and Pietà Rondanini
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Walking tour with Last Supper, Duomo and Pietà Rondanini

Enjoy a walking tour of Milan: visit the Cenacolo Vinciano, Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini and the Sforzesco Castle with the wonderful Parco Sempione!

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Highlights of Milan bike tour
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Highlights of Milan bike tour

Pedaling through the city and go on a unique itinerary that reveals Milan at its best

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GDPR Expired data, 25 May 2016

“My wife and I very much enjoyed our guided tour of the castle and the Last Supper. Our guide's in depth knowledge and passion was evident and added greatly to our understanding of Leonardo's genius.Tim”

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Sophie, 19 Jan 2015

“Flexible tickets, all the highlights of the city - really a perfect experience! Booking was simple and fast”

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Ilona, 09 Jan 2015

“On my trip to Milan I really enjoyed this exclusive tour. The price was fair and a good value. Good service for online booking!”

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