The majestic Castello Sforzesco stands in the heart of the city and, for centuries, it has played a central role in Milano’s history. For summer 2020 it becomes one of the go-to venues in the city offering culture, entertainment, fun, breath-taking views and visits, plus, lots of outdoor space for playing and relaxing, all in one place.

 

Come with us to discover what the Castle has to offer.

Visit the museums and discover all the masterpieces

Finally, the Castle museums reopen after the long enforced closure! The hours have been altered in adherence with the post-lockdown regulations, so now you can admire the masterpieces on Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 to 18:00 (last admission at 17:00).

 

The following venues are open:

 

  • Museo della Pietà Rondanini, dedicated to Michelangelo's latest masterpiece
  • Museum of Ancient Art, which houses many stunning masterpieces such as the Ark of Bernabò Visconti or the statues from the ancient medieval city gates 
  • Museum of Decorative Arts, with a huge collection of ceramics, precious late-antique ivories and contemporary glass
  • Musical Instrument Museum, which boasts one of the largest collections in Europe

 

The MilanoVetro -35 exhibition also reopens in the Sala della Balla to showcase the works of the international biennial competition of artistic glass and design launched by the Castello Sforzesco in July 2019 for young creatives under 35.

 

The other museums (Museum of Furniture and Wooden Sculptures, the Pinacoteca picture gallery and the Prehistoric and Egyptian Sections) are still temporarily closed but will reopen as soon as possible.

 

Booking your ticket is not mandatory but is highly recommended to ensure entry and to avoid queues at the ticket office. You can purchase the ticket here.

If you make a last-minute decision to visit the museums and you don't have a ticket, don't worry: the ticket office is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 to 17:00.

 

Ticket € 5 (reductions € 3): click here for all the information.

Visit the free photography exhibition

The free exhibition - Photographs Photographs 1952-2012’ - pays tribute to Cesare Colombo and is open until September 30th at the Castello with over one hundred photographs dedicated to a portrait of Milano and its evolution with cultural, economic, political and social history insights. 

 

As it is exhibited in the Sale Viscontee, and therefore independent from the main museum route, is accessible from Thursdays to Sundays, from 11:00 to 18:00.

 

Admission is free but booking is mandatory as tickets are subject to availability: please click here to book your ticket.

Join in the shows every evening with Estate Sforzesca

The Castello’s largest courtyard, the Cortile delle Armi, will become one of the most beautiful evening stages in the city thanks to the Estate Sforzesca cultural programme: 48 musical, 29 theatrical and 4 dance performances will be staged throughout the summer until September 3rd.

 

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the scheduled events, whether it’s a particular musical genre, fun with the whole family, a good laugh or moving to the hypnotic rhythm of Taranta music.

 

Take a look at the programme, choose your show and buy the ticket! Remember: booking is always mandatory, even for all the free shows.

Strolling along the battlements at sunset

Quite an experience and definitely not to be missed this summer! Admire the sunset from the Castello Sforzesco battlements.

The walkways and lookout posts around the perimeter of the Castello reopen for guided visits from Tuesday to Friday at 18:00 and 19:30 with the "Merlate al tramonto" (Sunset from the Battlements) initiative.

 

From high up here you can enjoy enchanting views of the Castello itself, with tales of its intriguing history, and also intrepidly enter some of its fascinating towers.

Add to this the opportunity to admire the skyline of Milano as the sun sets over the city, making the panorama even more evocative.

 

The battlements are one of the top 10 places to see ‘Milano from above’!

 

Book your visit at Ad Artem (info@adartem.it) or Opera d'Arte (info@operadartemilano.it)

Daytime tours to discover the secrets of the Castello courtyards and the battlements

The Castello’s not-to-be-missed artworks are not only in the inside as the exterior grounds are also fascinating, so why not join one of the “Il Castello a cielo aperto” (The Castle in the open air) special guided tours to discover over 130 works in the courtyards.

 

You can come along in the evening, to stroll in the cool summer silence, when the courtyards close to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 19:45, or on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 and 16:00

 

Additionally, there are daytime visits to the battlements, much like the sunset tours but only held on the weekends: Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 and 15:00.

 

You can book your visit with Ad Artem (info@adartem.it) or Opera d'Arte (info@operadartemilano.it).

Bring your children and join in the play dates

A castle is always an adventurous and mysterious place so why not visit it with the kids for a fun treasure hunt?

 

There are two entertaining events for the weekends:

 

  • Mysteries and enigmas beneath the towers will coerce adults and children into a thrilling journey inside the Castle courtyards to decipher the symbols strewn along the walls and to discover the thousands of characters who animated its history: not just dukes and duchesses but also great artists!
    Saturdays 11:00 and Sundays 16:00
    Reservations: Opera d'Arte (info@operadartemilano.it)
  • A treasure hunt in the courtyards: calling all you young and old and all you dames and knights, come and to try out your skills, solve some riddles and play games to help the court’s guards find the thieves and the stolen treasure: yes, because… something horrible has happened in the Castello in Milan... someone has climbed over the high walls and stolen the Duke's stash of treasure!
    Saturdays 16:00 and Sundays 11:00
    Reservations: Ad Artem (info@adartem.it)

Relax in the park

The Castello is not just walls and courtyards, it also has a huge park where you can chill, have a picnic, play and practice your favourite sports. Or, if you prefer, you can also admire beautiful works of art like those at the Triennale and the sculptures artfully placed throughout the park!