[Visited: September 2005 and several times before]
The Castello Sforzesco is a real castle right in downtown Milan. Walking distance from sights like the Cathedral, this castle has all the characteristics of a real castle. There are towers, drawing bridges, moats, and even treasures inside. The castle was first built in the 14th century, and it was destructed several times since, by both invaders and the Milanese themselves. In 1450, Francesco Sforza became duke of Milan, he rebuilt the castle and saved it, and it took his name. It was rebuilt after every destruction ever since, sometimes by foreign rulers. Napoleon was among the rulers who conquered the castle. The last great renovation was at the turn of the 20th century, when architect Luca Beltrami restored the castle to its former glory.
After the Castello Sforzesco was restored to its present glory, its function changed to a distinct landmark of the city of Milan. It also assumed a cultural function and nowadays actually houses several museums with sculptures, paintings, frescoes, and exhibitions on display. From a symbol of tyrrany, the Castle evolved into a remarkable full-fledged castle right in the heart of Italy's second largest city where people can easily visit an old castle, see how dukes lived centuries ago, visit the exhibitions, but also come to relax.
Right in front of the Castello Sforzesco, on the city side, is a fountain on the Piazza Castello or Castle Square, adding to the air of importance that the castle assumes when coming from the city. Its silhouet certainly stands out of the living neighbourhood. You can enter the Castle through the main entrance of course, but also through one of several side entrances - you always have to cross the moat over a bridge. After a visit to the park, you can walk right on to the backside, where the Sempione Park, one of the biggest of Milan, allows for a pleasant stroll, having a snack, or just lie in the grass. Nothing compared to the battles that have been fought over the Castello Sforzesco.
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