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Castello Sforzesco at night picture in Milan
Castello Sforzesco history picture in Milan
Porta Sempione picture in Milan
Castello Sforzesco picture in Milan
Castello Sforzesco at night picture in Milan
Castello Sforzesco history picture in Milan
Porta Sempione picture in Milan
Castello Sforzesco picture in Milan

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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The former fortress and residence of Milan's most powerful rulers is now a campus for some of the city's best cultural institutions. Castello Sforzesco, found less than a mile northwest of the Duomo, features a plethora of museums and galleries focusing on art and history. There's the Pinacoteca, or Picture Gallery, the Raccolta di Mobili, Furniture Collection, Museo delle Arti Decorative, the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museo Egizio, Egyptian Museum and so much more. There's also the Oreficerie, which houses one of the largest collections of musical instruments in Europe. If you're short on time, travelers say you should visit the Museo della Pieta Rondanini, which houses Michelangelo's last masterpiece, the Pietà Rondanini.

Even if you don't have time to visit any museums or exhibitions, travelers say the Castello Sforzesco is still worth a detour for the site's beautiful architecture and lush grounds. The Castello Sforzesco is connected to the Parco Sempione, which features walking paths, a small pond, cafes and its own points of interest, including the Porta Sempione, which bears a striking resemblance to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in the Tuileries gardens in Paris. Should you wish to visit any of the castle's cultural hot spots, recent visitors advise coming early to avoid potential crowds. And if you're looking to save some dough, visit the Castello Sforzesco Tuesday after 2 p.m. or the last hour before closing Wednesday through Sunday to enjoy free admission.

The castle is free to visit but if you'd like to visit any of the museums, admission costs 5 euros (around $6) for adults and 3 euros (about $3.50) for children. Hours for the castle are 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for its museums. You can find the Castello Sforzesco just a couple blocks away from the Cardorna FN, Lanza and Cairoli Castello metro stops. For more information, visit the castle's website.

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#1 Castello Sforzesco The former fortress and residence of Milan's most powerful rulers is now a campus for some of the city's best cultural institutions. Castello Sforzesco, found less than a ... Read more » orpheus26 / Getty Images

#2 Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale di Milano) It might seem strange to visit a cemetery during your vacation, but once you get a peek at the architecture that makes up Monumental Cemetery, you'll see why it ... Read more » tupungato / Getty Images

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Castello Sforzesco at night picture in Milan
Monumental Cemetery picture in Milan
Milan Cathedral picture in Milan
Shop Until You Drop  picture in Milan
Santa Maria delle Grazie picture in Milan
Ambrosiana Library & Picture Gallery picture in Milan

Recent travelers say a beautiful time to visit the Castello Sforzesco is at night when every part of the attraction is lit up.  orpheus26 / Getty Images

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If you're in need of some retail therapy, head to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Mlenny / Getty Images

Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting "The Last Supper" sits in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church.  Mark Harris / Getty Images

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