Lost Yourself Among Rennaisance Art World in Sforza Castle
1. The Sforza Castle Pinacoteca
Sforza Castle Pinacoteca is one of art galleries in the castle displaying over 1500 masterpieces from renowned artist of the centuries, such as Titian, Andrea Mantegna, Corregio, Bernadino Luini, Lorenzo Lotto, and Vincenzo Foppa. The art gallery is divided into two sections. In the first rooms you'll find religious paintings from Lombard and Rennaisance artists in 15th to 16th Century. You'll find brilliant masterpieces from Vincenzo Foppa, Bergognone, Bramantino, and Carlo Crivelli. Andrea Mantegna's Trivulzio Madonna is one of the main highlight. While in the second half of the building, you'll find a mixture of secular and religious artworks of several artists such as Giambattista Tiepolo, Titian, Tintoretto, and Bernado Beliotto. The tourists will also get to see paintings of the 15th Century portraits of Sforza Family.
2. Museo d'Arte Antica
Museo d'Arte Antica is another unique museum of Sforza Castle that display various collections of sculptures and antiques originated from Medieval to Rennaisance periods. The room is decorated with astounding frescoes and visitors lurking inside will find plethora of armoury, funerary monuments, tapestry room, and two medieval portals. The museum is also the place where one of MIchelangelo's iconic marble sculpture, 'Rondanini Pieta' is also put on display. Leonardo da Vinci's Sala dell'Asse is the main highlight depicting Milan during Sforza's reigning period.
3. The Museum of Musical Instruments
Love music? The Museum of Musical Instruments will be your entire world in few hours. There are more than 700 musical instruments played by Milan musicians from 15th to 20th centuries. You can expect to see various traditional Lombard musical instruments, from Lombard and Cremonese violins, flutes, oboes, bassooons, and even some hunting horns and the ancient Cremonese lutherie. In 2000 the museum welcomed 79 more of musical instruments into the collection donated by the Fundazione Antonio Monzino.
4. Egyptian Museum
You might not expect that you'll find an Egyptian Museum in Milan, but here it is! Sforza Castle's Egyptian Museum is located in the underground level of the courtyard, and it boast seven themed exhibits, where you can learn more about the history of Ancient Egypt. Not only will you get interesting informations about the ancient writing and pharaoh system, you'll get to learn more about their deities, even clear information of how ancient Egyptians living their life. It also display various intriguing artefacts, from funerary masks, sarcophagi, fragments of Book of the Dead, and a Greco-Roman mummy laying inside a transparent display case.
5. The Archaelogical Museum
The Archaelogical Museum inside Sforza Castle is a perfect place where you can see fragments of ancient Milan far before Rennaisance period. Just head to the first exhibit where you'll find informations explaining about the history of the ancient Milan or Mediolanum before it was conquered by the ancient Romans in 222 BC. The museum also hold artefacts such as impressive artworks from Gandhara kingdom in the basement floor. You can also explore more exhibits, such as Early Middle Ages section, the Etruscan section, the Ancient Greek section, and the temporary exhibition room where they display artefacts and artworks for limited time.
6. The Applied Arts Collection of Milan
The Applied Arts Collection of Milan, also known as Raccolte dâ€™Arte Applicata di Milano is a museum gallery inside Sforza Castle that display wide range of non-painting artworks, from pottery, art glass, jewelleries and ivories. One of the main highlight is its ceramic collection displaying vast collections of pottery products made in Medieval, Baroque, and Rennaisance-styles. While the recognizable glass arts are Cup Gonzagna, an artistic glass made of clear glass and adorned with cute but also elegant small golden flowers. The Gonzaga coat of arm with its quadripartite black eagle can be seen on its background.
How to Get Tickets?
Entering Sforza Castle's courtyard is free, though you'll have to pay admission fees to enter the castle building and the museums. Free entry is offered in certain times.
How To Get Around?
While the Sforza Castle is extensive, the art galleries and museums can be reached by walking. It's best to come with the sturdiest and most comfortable walking shoes.
What Should I Wear?
There's no particular dressing rules when you're visiting Sforza Castle. It's best to keep everything simple, and the most important thing is to wear the most comfortable walking shoes.
Best Time to Visit
If you want to enter Sforza Castle for free, you should come to the palace few hours before its closing hour, or come on Tuesday where they usually offer free entries. Beware though, that there will be long lines so it's best to come early few hours before 02:00 PM.
Will I Need a Guide?
Sforza Castle offer guided tours from time to time, although it doesn't mean you'll have to join one to enjoy the exhibits. All informations you need are all included in this website.
How To Get There?
The easiest way to go to Sforza Castle is from Duomo Millano, as it only takes 10 minutes on foot from the cathedral. Sforza Castle is also reachable by any means of public transportations in Milan.