Guided Tours in Milan

Castello Sforzesco

The treasures of the Castello Sforzesco.

Museum hours: 9:00 - 17:30 Duration: 2-3 hours Availability: every day Meeting time: on request

The splendid Via Dante with its many bars and shops takes us to the Sforzesco Castle. Its solid, looming silhouette can already be seen from afar. Coming closer, behind the sparkling fountain, the awe-inspiring fortress resolves into a myriad of wide courtyards and residential buildings. In the 15th century, Castello Sforzesco was the residence of the mighty Sforza dukes and now it is home to some of Milan's finest museums: the Pinacoteca (paintings gallery) and Furniture Collection, the Museum of Musical Instruments, the Museum of Egiptian Art, Museum of Decorative Art,Museum of Classical Art and the Sculpture Gallery. One can even find some mummies in the archeological museum! Much of the original art and architecture withstood the dark forces of occupation and miraculously escaped destruction. Even today, we can still enjoy Leonardo da Vinci's intriguing "painted garden" in the Sala delle Asse ... Bramante's elegant Rocchetta Courtyard, reminiscent of the Versailles Palace ... and what to think of Michelangelo's final work, the heartbreaking Rondanini Pieta, on which - unbelievably - the artist was even working the week he died. Without doubt Michelangelo's Rondanini Pieta is one of the greatest masterpieces of the Sforza Castle. It represents an unique event in the artistic life of one of the greatest artistic geniuses of all time. The parts of the sculpture are clearly finished i.e. the polished legs of the Christ figure, the right arm detached from the body and part of the Virgin face. The fact that rest of the sculpture is only sketched with clearly identifiable replacements in the lower part of the Pieta and the position of the Christ's head allow us to conclude that Michelangelo revisited the composition of the group several times. Made for Rondanini family (from which the sculpture takes its commonly accepted name) it never reached it final destination in their Roman palazzo. As the inventory made next day after his death shows, Michelangelo kept this unfinished work in his home. Our guide will show you all faces of this truly exceptional treasure trove of art and culture. He will tell you the stories of the people that dwelled here in centuries past. You will hear about the castle's mysteries, its history, its legends and its secrets (yes, like, any self-respecting castle, Castello Sforzesco has its secret, too!). And afterwards, you can linger in the shadow of the marvelous fountain in front of the castle or drink an espresso in one of the small, cosy bars on the piazza, and savour this unforgettable experience.

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