Castello Sforzesco
Castello Sforzesco
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
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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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  • Timothy M
    San Francisco, California292 contributions
    Very interesting museums
    This is a large castle within walking distance of the Duomo. There are several museums in this complex ( really too much to view in one day ). But the price was surprisingly low ( Senior rate was €3.50 which provided access to all the museums ). A highlight was the unfinished Pieta by Michelangelo.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 February 2023
  • Mark C
    Staines, United Kingdom55 contributions
    Histiorically interesting
    The Castello is a very interesting place to visit - extremely cheap - Euro 5 only for entry to all areas. Includes an important unfinished Michelangelo statue along with various "museums" for medieval weapons, paintings, musical instruments, pottery and tapestries (massive and remarkable). A nice little cafe can found in the grounds as well. Note that rest rooms need some work.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Kate
    Ukraine64 contributions
    Old castle with plenty of places to see
    Really big place to walk through. Even though we didn't pay to get inside, it's still plenty to see outside. Definitely recommend to see this place (also there's a park right outside the castle)
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Emily B
    Monticello, Iowa6 contributions
    Step back to medieval times!
    Give yourself some time to explore this vast and fascinating structure. The museum goes on for days it seems like but is a truly incredible collection and well worth it. Try to head upstairs if you want to get better views of the castle and it's courtyards. It was a major highlight of our time in Milan and we spent an entire afternoon exploring the Castle itself and the incredible park behind it.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Thomas G
    33 contributions
    Lovely experience
    At the time we got in free, unsure if that is still the case but the staff were extremely helpful and accommodating and friendly. As for the museum it was splendid and had something for everyone. Opportunities to admire the architecture of the structure and observe many different pieces of artwork and weapons from different time periods as well as modern art and instruments. The museum catered for so many different tastes and interests. Would definitely recommend dedicating some time to visit during your stay in Milan and it would take more than an hour to completely get through if taking your time. TIP: Bring a two euro coin as you do have to put your bags/ backpack in a locker that they provide!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Corneliu L
    3 contributions
    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
    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 Kingdom477 contributions
    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, Pennsylvania402 contributions
    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, Australia14 contributions
    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
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SB01
Sonning Common, UK829 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
How can this be only €5? Huge historic castle full of artistic treasures. Be prepared to walk up a lot of stairs, but it is worth it. Particular highlights for us were the modern glass collection, the incredible triple necked medieval guitars (Jimmy Page take note) and the decorative objects. In the negative column are a bit of a lack of amenities and the total absence of a clear route through the endless galleries. No doubt we missed something.
The route takes in a tiny bit of the ramparts, so there are good views over the castle.
Written 24 February 2024
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CanaryIslandsTravels
Lanzarote, Spain14 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful castle filled with lots of history.
We really enjoyed the visit.
The inside garden area was enormous, a big step back in time.
Written 22 February 2024
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,891 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This is an impressive structure in central Milan. Its grandeur is breathtaking and it is a popular place to visit. There is little shade around the building so it’s best to head inside.
Written 11 February 2024
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lousally
London98 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is a must see place. It's huge and very impressive. Allow plenty of time. The gardens are actually just a park, but the arch is very impressive. Our only bugbear (and this applied to many of the attractions we went to) was the acute shortage of toilets! Having asked, I was directed outside, "down there, through the arch", then had to ask again "across the courtyard and you'll see a door", did all that (good 5 mins) and had to ask a third time and was directed to a little wooden door in the corner of a huge courtyard which had no signposts and was a semi-outdoor toilet. Big queue (of course), no loo paper, no hand towels, dryer didn't work. Come on Italy, for goodness sake sort this out. UK leaves you standing here, we'd have toilets on every floor (inside) at an attraction like this. Goodness knows what it's like in the summer months. Thousands of visitors and this is all you can offer in terms of toilet facilities. Sort it out please!
Written 23 January 2024
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Alice
Atherton, CA3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Very cool place to walk around. It is right in the city center. Sforzesco Castle makes an amazing impression. It looks majestic from outside. A really big piece of history. Absolutely beautiful architecture, was filled with lots of historical artifacts and artwork.
Written 17 January 2024
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rajkk
New Delhi, India274 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We unfortunately did not have much time, nonetheless it is a worthwhile place to walk around and take in the views of an imposing and impressive structure.

There are quite a few museums to see if one spends time here.

Great place to take photographs.

Has a nice little shop to buy souvenirs for back home.

If in Milan, deserves one visit at least.
Written 12 January 2024
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Philip P
Herentals, Belgium1,413 contributions
Dec 2023 • Business
The location at the border of the old city centre is surprising for such an impressive building. Breath-taking views. Just walking around, with especially the frontal view offering a hotspot for making pictures.
Written 25 December 2023
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Discover54148577865
12 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A lovely castle with some great history - I think. It’s been laid out as a museum and there are lots of galleries with artefacts and pictures. Unfortunately for the non Italian visitors there is very little information in English. All the other sites we visited in Milan had duel language information but there was very little here.
Written 3 November 2023
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IrishTraveller0
Dublin, Ireland144 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Good value at €5, loads to see and lots of variety. Easy access from carioli metro.
It is a one way system and extensive so can be a long trip around depending on interests.
Free lockers in basement.
Small cafe.
Written 2 November 2023
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shhm
United Kingdom13 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The castle is beautiful and contains many, many rooms with extraordinary artefacts. The staff are lovely and the conservation of the collection is exemplary. BUT, after the usual HALF HOUR queue for the ladies' loo, what a shock to find NO TOILET SEATS, NO TOILET PAPER, NO SOAP, NO FUNCTIONAL MEANS OF DRYING HANDS. The room to change babies was locked and only accessible by an unmanned intercom, leaving one frantic mum outside trying to change a nappy in the courtyard.
The toilets are not managed by the museum, they are run by the municipality, the Commune di Milano, which should be ashamed of itself. Over half a million people visit the castle every year. Can they seriously not provide toilet SEATS??? We all know that loo paper and soap are rare in ladies loos and that queues are eternal, but no SEATS???? How can Italy call itself civilised when it offers this?
Written 22 October 2023
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