Milan’s most important Renaissance building was originally a 14th-century fortress, complete with massive fortifications, a moat, barracks, a prison and a courtyard, before being converted to a residence by then-duke Franceso Sforza. Upcoming artist Leonardo da Vinci frescoed many of the rooms.
The tower and much of the building is rebuilt and the courtyard, Cortile della Rocchetta, remains.
The castle’s park, Parco Sempione, spreads over 47 hectares. Since it was raining when I visited, I didn’t bother wandering around.
Today, eight museums are housed in the Castello Sforzesco, including fine arts, archeological, musical instruments, ancient art, sculpture and applied arts.