Top 3 Leonardo’s Last Supper Tours in Milan

Leonardo’s Last Supper Tours in Milan

The best way to experience this event is by joining a group tour. By doing so, you are assured of an entry ticket to the refectory and the opportunity to learn about the history of the painting from a knowledgeable guide.

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A little about the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Last Supper mural by Leonardo da Vinci

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The stunning mural is one of the finest in the world for it depicts unusual painting styles which Leonardo used. The painting contrasts between light and dark on the figures. The mural represents the scene of the Last Supper with Jesus Christ with his 12 Apostles, just after he reveals that he will be betrayed by one of them.

Showcasing a combination of both Renaissance and Gothic architectural style, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site as well.

Leonardo’s Last Supper Tours in Milan

Leonardo’s Last Supper tours in Milan are sold-out events. If you want to see this incredible centuries old preserved painting on the wall, you must book your place in advance of your visit. Book one of these three recommended Leonardo’s Last Supper tours in Milan for best experiences (links >>).

The ultimate aim of all three tours above is to ensure you get an up-close and personal experience of the world renowned timeless mural of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci Peruse the details and book your experience of Leonardo’s Last Supper tours in Milan with your preferred tour operator.

What to expect from the Leonardo’s Last Supper tours in Milan

Discover a masterpiece of the Milanese Renaissance when in Milan. Admire Da Vinci’s masterful “Last Supper” at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan up close. Also known as the “Cenacolo Vinciano,” the mural is hidden away on a wall of the refectory at the Basilica.

On this guided tour, your guide will give a quick introduction to Renaissance art in Italy, describing how it became one of the most fertile periods of painting in the world. Learn why the Duke of Milan, Ludovico il Moro, commissioned Leonardo, and how he presided over the most important period in the Milanese Renaissance.

Spend up to 15 minutes appreciating one of the most iconic images of Christ in the world.

Practical Information

Location: Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 20123 Milano MI, Italy

Opening hours:

From Tuesday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm.

On Sunday from 9.00 am to 1.45 pm

Max. 18 admitted every 15 minutes.

Closed Monday, New Year’s Day, May 1st and Christmas Day.


Also included below are other related tours which you may also like to consider. These tours are highly popular and offer best experiences of the City of Milan.


Other recommended tours when visiting Milan

Milan Cathedral and Last Supper tour | Leonardo's Last Supper Tours in Milan

Led by a guide, you will experience the best of Milan. Visit the iconic sights of the Duomo and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper without waiting in queues. Have more time experiencing the City of Milan such as the Brera District and off the beaten paths.

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Milan Cathedral and rooftop ticket | Leonardo's Last Supper Tours in Milan

This attraction ticket gives you access to all areas of the 600 year old Milan Duomo. Access to the terraces, cathedral, museum and archaeological area. Marvel at beautiful adornments and stained glass windows, and visit the Church of St. Gottardo in Corte. Enjoy favourable discounts at the Duomo Shop.

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Recommended read: Milan Cathedral — How to make the best of your visit

milan in a day | Leonardo's Last Supper Tours in Milan

Discover the best of Milan with a guide in this Milan in a Day walking tour. Experience a journey through time – from the medieval square, Duomo, Last Supper (please see details) and the fashionable district of Via della Spiga and the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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Recommended read: Milan bucket list ideas

Milan hop on hop off bus tour

This is an ideal option if you wish to explore Milan at your own pace. With a ticket for the open-top hop-on hop-off bus, there are 4 routes at your disposal. Explore all of the city’s top attractions, from the magnificent Duomo and La Scala to the city’s many quaint neighbourhoods.

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Recommended read: Getting around Milan like a local – A Complete Guide to Transportation in Milan


Planning a trip to Milan?

Leonardo’s Last Supper Tours in Milan

Below is my go to resources when I plan my travels and I am happy to share them here with you to save time and money. You may find the resources helpful to plan your travels as well.

Travel resources at a Glance

Planning your dream vacation? Excellent! Here are all the Resources and Practical information you need for your self-guided or guided vacation.

Legal entry/Tourist travel Visa

Check Visa requirements with iVisa, a leading independent company in the travel documentation industry.

Flights

I have a few choices. Search Google flights because they offer very competitive prices. You could also try Opodo for cheap airfares. For special experiences, go to On the Beach and Jet2Holidays. My all time favourite has been Qatar Airways for long-haul flights for the comfort and their first-class service. I use British Airways as well. For all other global deals >> kiwi.com

Accommodations

My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget. For accommodations in UK that has a personal touch and affordable luxury, stay at Hotel du Vin.

Unique experiences & tours

My all time go to resource for unique experiences and tours is Get your Guide. I am also a fan of Viator for their special deals. You shall find suggestions on recommended tours sprinkled throughout TTS on each experience I write about.

Travel insurance

Never travel without travel insurance and never overpay for travel insurance! I use and recommend World Nomads for your travel insurance needs. They even insure on the go. Before purchasing any any travel policy, read through the terms to ensure that the plan is right for you and your trip.

Travel essentials

Never travel without these! I use and fully endorse all the products on this page but especially: High powered wireless power bank, Universal travel adapter and unlimited portable pocket wifi.


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Milan at a Glance – An overview of what to expect

Milan at a Glance

Milan is one of the most travelled cities in Europe and a magnificent destination. You can spend hours or days getting lost here. Milan at a glance sets out an outline of what to expect on your first visit.

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Milan at a Glance

1 | Legal Entry to Italy – Visa

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Italy is part of the common travel area known as the Schengen Zone. This means that if you are a national of EU/EEA, you can travel to Italy with just an Identification Card. However, if you are non EU/EEA, you will be required to present the following as a minimum at the port of entry to Italy:

i | A valid passport or travel document.

Your passport or travel must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your planned exit from the Schengen Area.

The passport or travel document must be issued in the last 10 years.

ii | A Visa

If you are a national of a country that is subject to the Italy’s visa regime.

iii | Additional information

At border control, you may be asked about your purpose of visit, how long you intend to stay and your financial means during your trip.

iv | Entry stamp

Ensure your passport is stamped by the border control officers so that you could move freely within the Schengen Area. Without a stamp, you could be fined or detained.

**EU – European Union | EEA – European Economic Area

***British passport holders are exempt from the criteria of passport validity and issuance date.

Recommended read: Italy Tourist Travel Visa – A Simple Overview

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2 | Language

The official language spoken in Milan is Italian but the majority of Milanese speak Milanese. Milanese is a dialect of Italian’s commonly spoken in the Lombardy region.

3 | Currency

The currency in Italy is the Euro (€) and was introduced in 1999. Euro is the only form of legal tender in the country. It’s predecessor, the Lira was taken out of circulation in 2002.

*1 Euro equals 0.85 Pound sterling (August 10, 2021)

4 | Credit Cards and ATMs

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In Milan, there are no problems in finding ATMs or cash machines that accepts foreign credit cards or bank debit cards. Most shops, restaurants and tour operators will also take credit cards as a form of payment. You only really need cash for small purchases like metro tickets, bottles of water, coffee, gelato and small souvenirs.

5 | Power plugs

The plugs and sockets in Italy are type F and L. The standard voltage is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz.

6 | WiFi

7 | Safety 

While Milan is generally a safe place to be, you may want to keep a close eye on your belongings. There are always that elements of pickpockets and theft.

8 | Getting around


9 | Activities to do in Milan

In short, Milan is a city that has so very much to offer its visitors that even a few days may not be enough to soak-up the Milanese culture. Read through the following articles for some ideas on activities to do in Milan.

Tip: Discover Milan with a 48-hour City Card

10 | Resources to support your travel plans

Travel resources at a Glance

Planning your dream vacation? Excellent! Here are all the Resources and Practical information you need for your self-guided or guided vacation.

Flights

I have a few choices. Search Google flights because they offer very competitive prices. You could also try Opodo for cheap airfares. For special experiences, go to On the Beach and Jet2Holidays. My all time favourite has been Qatar Airways for long-haul flights for the comfort and their first-class service. I use British Airways as well. For all other global deals >> kiwi.com

Accommodations

My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget. For accommodations in UK that has a personal touch and affordable luxury, stay at Hotel du Vin.

Unique experiences & tours

My all time go to resource for unique experiences and tours is Get your Guide. I am also a fan of Viator for their special deals.

Travel insurance

Never travel without travel insurance and never overpay for travel insurance! I use and recommend World Nomads for your travel insurance needs. They even insure on the go. Before purchasing any any travel policy, read through the terms to ensure that the plan is right for you and your trip.

Travel essentials

Never travel without these! I use and fully endorse all the products on this page but especially: High powered wireless power bank, Universal travel adapter and unlimited portable pocket wifi.


I hope this overview has given you a taster of what to expect when visiting Italy. Browse through all related articles so you can make an informed decision and know before you go. Milan is a fabulous city and one not to miss on your travel bucket list.

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Have a splendid time discovering Milan.

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Arco della Pace | An unmissable monument in Milan

Arco della Pace | An unmissable monument in Milan

An elegant Neoclassical architecture stands gallantly at one of Milan’s oldest city gates surrounded by lush green oasis. The Arco della Pace is freely accessible and one not to miss!

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Arco della Pace or the Arch of Peace is an elegant Neoclassical architecture and a symbol of Milan. It stands at Porta Sempione, one of the five oldest of the City’s gates. This symbolic monument is surrounded by the largest lush green oasis of this fashion capital, Parco Sempione, which is a popular tourist attraction in itself. The area is freely accessible and the Arco della Pace is an unmissable attraction when visiting Milan.

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History of Arco della Pace

Designed by architect Luigi Cagnola in 1807, it echoes Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. It was originally named Arco delle Vittorie (Arch of Victory) to celebrate Napoleon’s victory. The Arch is built at the start of Corso Sempione, a road that connects Milan to Paris along the Simplon Pass. This meant that Napoleon would pass through the Arch on his way into the Italian city. However, with Napoleon’s fall in 1814, this Neoclassical facade was left unfinished.

Post-Napoleonic era, the Arch was renamed Arco della Pace in 1815. Work resumed in 1826 and completed in 1838, in time for the crowning of Ferdinand I as King of Lombardy-Veneto. Ferdinan I dedicated the Arch to Francis I. Later, and with another change of power in 1859, the Arch was rededicated to the unified Italy. Sadly, Luigi Cagnola died in 1833, not having witnessed the completion of the Arch.

The architecture of Arco della Pace

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The design of Arco della Pace is similar to the Arch of Septimius Severus at the Forum Romanum in Rome. It features a large passageway along with four Corinthian columns, decorated with bas-reliefs and sculptures. At 23 metres, this monument was built using several materials, including the Baveno granite and Creola d’Ossola marble.

At the top of the Arch, there are three groups of bronze statues. The central one is of a Goddess led by six-horses – the Chariot of Peace, sculpted by Abbondio Sangiorgio. The statues on either side of the arch were created by Giovanni Putti and are known as the Victories on Horseback. The sculptures were intended to face Paris but their position was modified by the Hapsburgs after Napolean’s defeat. The horses were turned 180 degrees to face the City.

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Just below the statue, in the four corners of the columns are representations of the four rivers that flow through the former kingdom of Lombardy-Veneto region – Po, Ticino, Adige and Tagliamento. Bas-reliefs along the sides of the monument depict scenes of Battle of Leipzig which led to Napoleon’s defeat rather than his military victories. Other bas-reliefs depict major events in Italian history.


Practical information to support your visit

1 | Location of Arco della Pace

If you are accessing Arco della Pace via Sforzesco Castle, then it is located at the far end of Parco Sempione. Parco Sempione can be accessed at the rear of the Castle. With so many attractions in Parco Sempione, this map shows you where exactly you need to head to.

Location of Arco della Pace in Sempione Park


2 | How to get to the Arco della Pace

Attractions in Milan are all located within walking distance. If you decide to use public transport, then the following might be helpful. The starting point is from Piazza del Duomo, the central square and the meeting point for most in Milan.

Take Line 1 Subway and Line 1 Tram

This journey involves a 6-minute transfer

From the Duomo, take the Metro (M1) to Cadorna Fn . Journey is 3 minutes and costs 2 Euros.

At Cadorna, change to Tram 1. A 8-minute journey to Arco della Pace and costs 2 Euros.

Take Line 1 Tram

From the Duomo Metro Station, walk to Cordusio M1 – about 4 minutes.

Board Tram 1 to Arco della Pace. Journey is about 20 minutes, costs 2 Euros

Alternatively, you can take a taxi which costs around 8 Euros.


Recommendations

When visiting Milan, consider joining a tour or two to learn about the history of the City. If you are a foodie, join a food tour so you get to experience the authentic Milanese restaurants that only the local experts know. If time permits, get away from the City for a day and experience the Lake Districts or the mountains or better still, visit a neighbour!


Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

Milan Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 72, 48-Hour or 1 Day Ticket

Milan: Da Vinci’s Last Supper Skip-the-Line Guided Tour


Sincerely hope that this easy guide is valuable to you in planning your visits to the Arch of Peace and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Have an awesome time exploring the City of Milan.

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Parco Sempione (Milan) | 5 must-see attractions

Parco Sempione (Milan) | 5 must-see attractions

A perfect haven in the midst of a bustling metropolis, Parco Sempione offers much more than tranquility. Here is a guide on the unmissable 5 attractions within the Park not to miss.

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Parco Sempione Milan

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Parco Sempione is the largest green space in the city of Milan. It is located at the rear of Sforzesca Castle, in the northwest of the city. Covering an area of about 95 acres (38 hectares), it is a perfect haven to relax, to walk, jog, to bike ride or just about anything you wish, to fly away the time. The shaded area, sculptures and ornate fountains are especially inviting. Flora and fauna abound here as is the tranquillity in some areas where it is not crowded. This peaceful haven is popular amongst tourists as well as Milanese who seek respite from their hectic city life.

Parco Sempione Milan - 5 Unmissable Attractions

Parco Sempione Milan over the years

First established in 1888, the park was used as a hunting ground by the Sforza family, the Dukes of Milan. Then it was landscaped when Napolean came, with a few orchards. In 1891, a large park was constructed for the public.

Today, Parco Sempione has a number of attractions on site which should not be missed when you are visiting this peaceful and tranquil haven. There are 5 attractions which are made up of the Sforza Castle, Arch of Peace, an aquarium, a sporting arena, and Torre Branca, one of the tallest tower in Milan.

1| Sforza Castle in Parco Sempione

Milan in one-day - Sforzesco Castle

Sforza Castle is a landmark in Milan. An impressive red brick fortress which was initially built in the 14th century by the Visconti family. The Castle was almost destroyed during the Golden Ambrosian Republic. It underwent massive improvements and reconstruction later in the 15th century when the Sforza family became the Dukes of Milan, to be one of the largest palaces in Europe. Today, Sforza Castle is home to several museums that houses valuable art and masterpieces. Notably, Michelangelo’s unfinished last work, the Rondanini Pietà and Sala delle Asse, frescoes by Da Vinci.

Address: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy | Hours: Tue – Sun 09:00 – 17:30


2 | Arco della Pace

The Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace) is a symbol of Milan and marks one of the historic gates. This was the strategic route taken by Napoleon when he invaded Northern Italy. This triumphal monument, is a beautiful structure made of marble and was completed in 1838. Standing at 23 metres and topped with horse-drawn chariots. is a landmark not to be missed when visiting Milan.

Address: Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano MI, Italy


3 | Arena Civica

Also in Parco Sempione, there is Arena Civica which is one of Milan’s most popular sporting venues. The official name is Arena Gianni Brera, named after the famous Italian writer and journalist. Designed by Luigi Canonica, the Arena Civica was Napolean’s mini-colosseum which he opened with a chariot race in 1807. This Neoclassical stadium hosts major sporting events such as soccer, rugby games and concerts. The Arena is open daily to the public.

Address: Viale Giorgio Byron, 2, 20154 Milano MI, Italy


4 | Acquario Civico in Parco Sempione

The Acquario Civico di Milano (Civic Aquarium of Milan) is tucked away in a convenient corner of Parco Sempione. Opened in 1906, it is beautiful. but a rather small aquarium. Home to over one-hundred species of fish, it tells a story of the mountain streams to seabeds. The are video presentations on the rare species.

The Acquario Civico is open to the public every day except Monday. Entrance is free.

Address: Viale Gadio, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy


5 | Torre Branca

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Torre Branca is no ordinary tower!. It is narrow and made completely of steel. At 108.6 metres, Torre Branca is one the City’s tallest buildings. The Tower was designed by Gio Ponti and erected in just two-and-half months in time for the 5th Triennale exhibition in 1933.

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torre branca sempione park milan

Take the elevator to the top, step out to see the incredible views over the City of Milan, the skyscrapers both old and new as well as the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Opening times varies:

On mid April-mid October: 

Tues and Thurs 9.30pm-midnight

Wed 10.30am-12.30pm/4pm-6.30pm/9.30pm-midnight

Fri 2.30pm-6pm/9.30pm-midnight

Sat and Sun 10.30am-12.30am/2.30pm-7.30pm/9.30pm-midnight. 


On mid October-mid April: 

Wed 10.30am-12.30am/4pm-6.30pm

Sat 10.30am-1pm/3pm-6.30pm/8.30-midnight

Sun 10.30am-2pm/2.30pm-7pm.


Full ticket €5.

NB: The Torre Branca is closed for visits in case of bad weather.

Address: Torre Branca
Parco Sempione, viale Milton
M1-M2 Cadorna FN
T:+39.02.3314120


Practical information when visiting Parco Sempione

1 | Map of Parco Sempione

To support your visit to the Park, below is a map of Parco Sempione in Milan with markers for the 5 attractions I have listed on this post.


2 | Plan ahead

When visiting Milan, consider joining a couple of city guided tours to enhance your experiences. There are hundreds of unmissable activities in Milan for all ages and interests. Plan ahead and secure your ticket/s especially if you are planning on visiting “The Last Supper” at the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Pre-book your tickets and stay flexible with easy cancellation up to 24 hours before. Save time, avoid queues and purchase skip the line tickets for major attractions. The following may be of interest to you:

Milan hop on hop off bus tour
Milan Cathedral and rooftop ticket
Milan City highlights E-bike tour

3 | Travel Resources

Travel resources at a Glance

Planning your dream vacation? Excellent! Here are all the Resources and Practical information you need for your self-guided or guided vacation.

Legal entry/Tourist travel Visa

Check Visa requirements with iVisa, a leading independent company in the travel documentation industry.

Flights

I have a few choices. Search Google flights because they offer very competitive prices. You could also try Opodo for cheap airfares. For special experiences, go to On the Beach and Jet2Holidays. My all time favourite has been Qatar Airways for long-haul flights for the comfort and their first-class service. I use British Airways as well. For all other global deals >> kiwi.com

Accommodations

My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget. For accommodations in UK that has a personal touch and affordable luxury, stay at Hotel du Vin.

Unique experiences & tours

My all time go to resource for unique experiences and tours is Get your Guide. I am also a fan of Viator for their special deals. You shall find suggestions on recommended tours sprinkled throughout TTS on each experience I write about.

Travel insurance

Never travel without travel insurance and never overpay for travel insurance! I use and recommend World Nomads for your travel insurance needs. They even insure on the go. Before purchasing any any travel policy, read through the terms to ensure that the plan is right for you and your trip.

Travel essentials

Never travel without these! I use and fully endorse all the products on this page but especially: High powered wireless power bank, Universal travel adapter and unlimited portable pocket wifi.


So, what do you think? Is this post valuable to you in planning your visit to Parco Sempione? If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you. As always, I am contactable for any further info or to design your itinerary for you. As well, use the links embedded in this article and related articles to book your flight, train travel, accommodations, activities to do and travel essentials. We earn a commission from qualifying purchases and stays at no cost to you at all. You could also support TTS in other ways, if you prefer. As always, we appreciate your continued support.

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Sforza Castle and Museums | Castello Sforzesco | Milan

Sforza Castle and Museums | Castello Sforzesco | Milan

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Why and When was Sforza Castle built

You will find Sforza Castle in Milan at:

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This iconic red brick fortress was built in the 14th century by the Visconti family who made it into a splendid palace. It was almost destroyed during the Golden Ambrosian Republic. Later, in the 15th century, it became the home of the Sforza family, who were powerful rulers of Milan. Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan built on the remnants of the 14th fortification. The castle was reconstructed with the involvement of several of the greatest artists of the times such as Donato Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci. It was one of the most magnificent residences in Italy as a result. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Sforza Castle was renovated and enlarged to be one of the largest castles in Europe.

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During the next four centuries, the castle was dominated by foreign powers, French, Spanish, Austrian. The function changed as well, from a residence to a military complex. It was later used as barracks by the Italian army.

In 1905 the castle was completely restored to the way it was under the Sforza family by architect Luca Beltrami. The parade grounds at the rear of the castle was turned into a park.

Post restoration

During World War II, the castle was severely damaged. At the end of the twentieth century the Castle square was built with a fountain in the centre. In 2005, the restoration of the Cortile della Ghirlanda and the halls of the castle were completed.

Sforza Castle Milan

The Sforza Castle is of a square plan, with three inner courtyards dominated by four imposing towers on each corner. There are two round towers facing the city and two square towers at the other end. The round towers are known as the Torre di Santi Spirito and the Torre del Carmine. At the rear are two more towers, the Torre Castellana and Torre Falconiera.

The main entrance to the Sforzesco Castle is via the castle’s tallest tower, Torre del Filarete. It leads to an expansive inner courtyard. Exploring the castle grounds will bring you to the Torre di Bona di Savoia. Beyond this tower lies two smaller courtyards, the Cortile della Rocchetta to the left and the Corte Ducale to the right.

The Rocchetta was the castle’s stronghold and the last refuge in case of a siege.

Corte Ducale Sforza Castle Milan

The Corte Ducale (Ducal Courtyard) is elegantly designed in Renaissance style with a beautiful loggia, Loggetta di Galeazzo Maria. Some of the rooms around the Corte Ducale are decorated with magnificent frescoes from the fifteenth century, designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

Sforza Castle today | An oasis of art & culture

The building alone is well worth a visit but within the walls of Sforza Castle is home to some treasure trove of Milan history.

The Museums at Sforza Castle

The Castle houses several distinct museums bringing together art, paintings, sculptors and musical instruments that tells the stories upon stories of Milan’s cultural and civic history. Watch the virtual tours through the links below, courtesy of Google Arts & Culture, and you will discover, as I, just how fascinating these museums are.

The highlights of the Museums are:

1 | Rondanini Pietà Museum

This museum features Michelangelo’s final and unfinished work, the Rondanini Pietà, now housed in the frescoed hall of the castle’s Ospedale Spagnolo (Spanish Hospital).

Michelangelo continued to work on this sculpture up until the last days before his death in Rome in 1564. It was just a few weeks before what would have been his 89th birthday.

Carved from a single block of marble, the sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary grieving over the body of Christ stands to a height of 74 inches.

Sforza Castle - Rondanini Pieta
Image from Google Arts & Culture

View virtual tour of Rondanini Pietà

2 | The Museum of Ancient Art

The Museum of Ancient Art houses the Sforza family’s sculptures of great value from the 5th century to the 16th century.

3 | The Pinacoteca

The Pinacoteca (Picture Gallery) hosts Lombard, Venetian and Flemish works. Made up of over 1500 works of art between the 13th and 18th century, it includes famous names such as Canaletto, Mantegna, Bronzino, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian.

Sforza Castle - Pinacoteca
Image from the official website of Pinacoteca Museum, Sforza Castle (View of Room 21)

View virtual tour of the Pinacoteca Museum

4 | Museum of Musical Instruments

Displays musical instruments from all over the world and is one of the most important museums in the world.

View virtual tour of the Musical Instruments Museum

5 | The Antique Furniture and Wooden Sculpture Museum

This part of the museum features antiques dating from the 15th to 20th centuries. The furniture are displayed in various rooms representing respective periods.

View virtual tour of the Antique Furniture and Wooden Sculpture Museum

6 | Museum of Decorative Arts

The museum shows the work of pottery makers, sculptors, upholsterers and weavers.

View virtual tour of the Museum of Decorative Arts

7 | Sala delle Asse

This part of the the museum is frescoed by Leonardo da Vinci,

8 | Egyptian Museum

Houses several objects from Egypt including statues, and mummies.

9 | The Archaeological Museum of Milan

This museum is home to objects from the main cultures that lived in Lombardy from the Neolithic period.


There are couple more exhibitions such as the Medal & Numistica Collection, and the engraving collection, “Achille Bertarelli”.


Practical information for visiting Sforza Castle, Milan

Hours and Admission

Opening hours

Castle
Monday-Sunday   7.00-19.30

Museums
Tuesday-Sunday  9.00-17.30      Last admission 17.00 (only for ticket holders)

Closed on Mondays, December 25th, January 1st, May 1st

Free entry to Sforza Castle

The Castle’s central courtyard is free at all times. It is Free entry to the museums on every first and third Tuesday of the month from 14.00

How to get to Sforza Castle

Location: Sforzesco Castle, Piazza Castello, 20121 Milan

On public transport

M1 and M2 (red and green lines) Cadorna FN
M1 (red line) Cairoli
M2 (green line) Lanza


For a comprehensive guide to using the public transport in Milan, read > Getting around Milan – A Complete Guide to Public Transport. This article has all the information you need to get around Milan with confidence like a local. Includes type of transit tickets you may require, costs and links to the official ATM websites.


Other Useful info:

Contact:

Tel: +39 02.88463700 | www.milanocastello.it

Accessibility

While most of the rooms are accessible to the disabled, rooms 9, 10, 15, 23, 24 are not accessible.


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My thoughts on Sforza Castle

Sforzesco Castle, is not only a castle full of art but is also huge and beautifully landscaped with central courtyards that beckons a visit when you are in Milan. If you do not have time for the museums, visit this castle courtyards as it is open to the public and it is free. Moreover, Parco Sempione, Milan’s largest public green space is located at the rear of this magnificent landmark, so a visit through the courtyard is highly recommended if you are visiting Sempione Park.

Recommended read: Parco Sempione Milan – 5 Unmissable Attractions

If you are planning on visiting the museums, then consider doing one of the tours offered by Get your Guide, a trusted partner.

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