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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) Tours

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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco)
Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a medieval fortress built by the Visconti dynasty that became home to Milan’s ruling Sforza family in 1450. Stark and domineering, the historic brick castle has massive round battlements, an imposing tower overlooking the central courtyard and surrounding Parco Sempione gardens, and defensive walls designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Today the castle houses a number of world-class museums and galleries.

The Basics
The castle is among the most important cultural sights in Milan, together with the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie—where Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is located—and the Cathedral. Lines can be long to enter its museums, so book a skip-the-line tour of this vast complex to avoid a delay at the entrance or join a walking tour of the city that includes stops at some of its most famous monuments and a visit to the castle. Certain parts of the castle, including the crenellated ramparts and the covered "Ghirlanda" passage, are only accessible by private tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If traveling with kids, consider taking a family-friendly tour of the castle and its museums. Kids especially enjoy the Museum of Musical Instruments and surrounding gardens.
  • Il Castello Sforzesco is open every day of the week, but the museums inside are closed on Mondays.
  • The castle is accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
  • Large bags and backpacks must be checked in the cloakroom at the entrance.

How to Get to There
Castello Sforzesco is in Piazza Castello on the edge of central Milano, which can be reached from Piazza del Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II by following Via Dante. The three nearest underground metro stops are Cairoli, Lanza, and Cadorna FN.

When to Get There
The museums offer free admission every Tuesday afternoon and the first Sunday of each month, so they’re very busy during those times. Avoid the hassle of the crowds by visiting on weekdays or Saturday.

Artistic Highlights in the Castello Sforzesco Museums
The Museum of Ancient Art holds a number of statues by Michelangelo, including the famous Pieta Rondanini. Upstairs, the Pinacoteca is home to a collection of paintings by masters including Titian and Bellini, while the adjacent Museum of Applied Arts and Museum of Musical Instruments are also worth a visit. In addition, there are excellent Egyptian and Prehistoric collections in this large museum complex.
Address: Piazza Castello, Milan 20121, Italy
Hours: Castle open daily from 7am - 7:30pm. Castle museums open Tues-Sun from 9am - 5:30pm.
Admission: Free. Admission to museums: € 5
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Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' or Vineyard and Milan Duomo Tour

Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' or Vineyard and Milan Duomo Tour

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Explore Milan’s top attractions on a walking tour. Led by a guide, visit the Duomo di Milano, Italy’s largest church, and enjoy your choice between skip-the-line entry to ‘The Last Supper’ or a tour of Leonardo da Vinci's Vineyard. Discover the city’s famous plazas, stroll through the fashion district, and check out popular spots with the locals. Numbers are limited to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket

Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket

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Explore Milan's most significant historical landmarks, including skip-the-line access to da Vinci's 'The Last Supper', during this walking tour. With your local art historian guide, visit sites like Sforza Castle, the Scala Theater, Piazza dei Mercanti, and the Duomo. View 'The Last Supper', Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, without waiting in the general admission line. All entrance fees are included on this small-group walking tour.
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2-hour Milan Skip the Line The Last Supper and Renaissance Walking Tour

2-hour Milan Skip the Line The Last Supper and Renaissance Walking Tour

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Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ is one of the world’s most famous paintings but it’s just one of Milan’s many Renaissance treasures. This 2-hour small-group tour includes skip-the-line access to The Last Supper, plus a walking tour of Milan monuments such as Castello Sforzesco, San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and the UNESCO-listed Santa Maria delle Grazie.
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Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the most popular sights of Milan with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket good for 24 or 48 hours. Take in the views of this fashionable city from the top level of an open-air double-decker bus, from which you see the iconic Milan Duomo and the famous opera house La Scala. With three different bus routes to choose from, and opportunities to get on and off as much as you like, the city of Milan is yours to discover.
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Milan Private Tour

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Traverse the metropolis of Milan and uncover hidden gems with this private tour. Learn the history of this important city and visit a few famous landmarks such as the Duomo, Sforza Castle, Teatro La Scala as well as a few lesser-known spots. View works of art around the city and learn about Milan’s influence in the fashion industry from your private guide.
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Sforza Castle and Museum Guided Tour

Sforza Castle and Museum Guided Tour

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Explore Milan’s historic Sforza Castle and museum on this guided excursion. Enjoy a tour with an official guide through the castle’s inner courtyards and around the fortress while learning about the landmark’s remarkable 600 year history. Then, head inside the castle and see experience its collection of ancient art, admire its former chapel, and gaze at Michelangelo’s final sculpture, “La Pietà Rondanini.”
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Milan Segway Tour

Milan Segway Tour

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Cruise through the streets of Milan on this Segway tour of one of Italy’s most popular cities. Once you’ve mastered the self-balancing, 2-wheeled machine, take off and explore the landmarks of this fashion and commerce capital. Your guide takes you past the Sforzesco Castle, Piazza del Duomo, and La Scala opera house. And you even have a chance to scope out the top street for shopping as you make your way down Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. With a cap of eight people, this Segway tour is guaranteed to offer a personalized experience to travelers who want to explore Milan.
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Highlights of Milan Bike Tour

Highlights of Milan Bike Tour

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See Milan from another perspective with this exciting guided bicycle tour of Italy's fashion capital. Opt to take the tour in the morning, afternoon or evening and then hop on a mountain bike to tour the city. With your guide leading the way, pedal past some of the city's main attractions, such as the Duomo and the Sforza Castle, as well as off-the-beaten path landmarks. Numbers are limited to ten on this small-group Milan bike tour, ensuring you’ll see the sights with personalized attention from your guide.
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Last Supper Ticket and Milan Half-Day Tour

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Explore the city of Milan and Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, Last Supper, on this half-day tour. Visit the main attractions of the city including the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele, and Sforza Castle and learn the history of each attraction. Head to Santa Maria delle Grazie and skip the line to admire the masterpiece of the Last Supper as you listen to informative commentary about the piece and the artist.
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Two Hours Sightseeing Tour in Rickshaw in Milan

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We take you where others can't. Do you want to visit the historical monuments of Milan comfortably seated? Get on our rickshaw and you will see Milan from a truly unique point of view. What are you waiting for, book your tour!
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Milan City Center Walking Tour with Local Guide & Fast Entry to Duomo Cathedral

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Sforzesco Castle and Milan Cathedral are two of the most popular sites of interest in Milan, but without a guide their rich histories can be hidden. This convenient walking tour makes it possible to check both off your list in a day, plus take in other Milan landmarks such as the medieval Piazza Mercanti, Piazza della Scala, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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Milan by night walking experience

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Breathe a magical atmosphere in Milan during the evening and find out the city from an unusual perspective. Enjoy this 2-hour walking experience with our monolingual tour guide and you won’t be disappointed. Hear many stories of Milan’ noble families and the phantoms that walk around the city in the night. From Sforza Castle courtyards until La Scala Opera House passing by the impressive Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and arriving in Duomo Square, in front of its extraordinary cathedral. Finally, every secret of the city is going to take life. Prepare yourself for an exciting journey discovering Milan by night!
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Milan Hidden Gems Guided Tour: Michelangelo's Pietà San Maurizio and San Satiro

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While it might seem like a modern city, Milan is steeped in history dating back hundreds of years. Take a private tour of the city’s hidden gems, like the San Maurizio and San Satiro churches, as well as the red-bricked Sforza Castle. Listen to tales of Milan’s famous families—Visconti and Sforza—and see works by Michelangelo and the ancient Romans.
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Sforza Castle and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini guided experience

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Florence is not the only Renaissance city in Italy. You can still find some traces of that period in Milan as well! Unveil the last masterpiece from Michelangelo right in Sforza Castle, located in the heart of Milan. A few steps away from Duomo, the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful piece of art is resting: Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo. He did this amazing sculpture when he was 89 years old, only a few days before his death. But it is not all about Michelangelo! Have you ever heard about his friend Leonardo Da Vinci? During the 1.5-hour guided experience with our monolingual guide you will hear many stories about him as well. Finally, every secret of the Castle is going to take life: visit the courtyard and the interior of the Castle and learn about Milan’ powerful families.
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Discover the Best of Milan by Tram!

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Discover Milan in a different way, by Tram! A slow ride through the city center. Visit the city center travelling with an ancient streetcar and get the commercial avenue Corso Buenos Aires where, after the tour, you can enjoy some free time of shopping! Sforza Castle, Sempione Park with the Arch of Peace, Brera district, Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, La Scala Opera house , the Fashion District, Piazza della Repubblica, Buenos Aires.
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Milan Must-See Sites Guided Tour with Skip-the Line Tickets to Duomo & Cathedral

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Discover the best of Milan on a comprehensive small-group tour of the city. Visit important sites including the Sforza Castle, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, and enjoy skip-the-line admission tickets to the Duomo Cathedral. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the history of Milan as well as famous residents and landmarks. This tour is great for first-time visitors who want a quick introduction to the city.
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Full-day Skip-The-Line Milan, The Last Supper and Michelangelo's Rondanini Pietà

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Classical Milan tour

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All our tours are private, we do our best to make your tour unique , not only history and culture but as well a lot of information about everyday life. We will try to make you live like locals while in Milan!
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Milan Hidden Treasures Bike Tour

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One Hour Sightseeing Tour in Rickshaw in Milan

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Tour of the REAL Milan in 3h

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The tour it's created for people who want enjoy a private and different experience in Milan. You'll be able to visit the most important monuments but also some hidden pearl in the city. During the tour the guide is going to also show you a lot of nice places to eat, drink and experience like a real Milanese (someone from Milan). The tour guide is in fact a student from the city who will bring the perfect mix between storytelling and fun and has a deep knowledge of the Milan. We are open to adapt the tour at your needs and preferences.
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Milano - Best of Leonardo, e-Bike Tour (Last Supper & all tickets included)

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Tour Of Milan And A Tasting Of Italian Wines

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Combine a small-group sightseeing tour of Milan with wine tasting for the ultimate Italian experience. Your guide leads a walking tour of landmarks including the Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Teatro Alla Scala, and Castello Sforzesco, with time to explore Via Dante and Sempione Park. Top off your tour with a guided wine tasting and aperitivo at a trendy bar.
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Da Vinci's Last Supper and Sforza Castle Semi-Private Tour with Top Rated Guide

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Enjoy a 3-hour private guided tour of the Sforza Castle and the Santa Maria Delle Grazie. Explore the grounds of the Sforza Castle and listen to the history of the Visconti and Sforza dynasties who resided here. Head to the famous church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie that is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and get an in-depth look at this masterpiece.
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  • 2 hours
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What are Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) hours of operation?
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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) hours of operation: Castle open daily from 7am - 7:30pm. Castle museums open Tues-Sun from 9am - 5:30pm.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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