The first stop on my walking tour of Milan, we took our time going through the various parts of this massive castle with the guide pointing out the highlights and the important spots as well as the history of the castle.
Little details like the fact that the Sforza was never overrun except by treachery and insiders who opened the gate. Originally build in the 15th century and then enlarged in the 16th and 17th, with much of it later demolished during the period of Napoleonic rule. However the Milanese government later undertook restoration works (interrupted by Allied bombing during World War II).
Today, the castle houses the Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, the Museum of Ancient Art and others. Some of those museums are not free but entering the castle itself and walking the grounds is entirely free.
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