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THE SFORZA CASTLE TOUR (half day)

Itinerari Castello Sforzesco - Milano


Piazza Mercanti - Milano Itinerari

 

 

Palazzo Carmagnola - Milano Itinerari


Palazzo Dal Verme - Milano Itinerari

 

Castello Sforzesco - Milano Itinerari

Quartiere Magenta - Milano Itinerari

Santa Maria delle Grazie - Milano Itinerari

Censored and mysterious monuments overlooking Sempione Park
Following the path of mysterious and fascinating places overlooking Sempione Park of Milan, to understand and unveil arts heritage when censorship was strong.

Piazza Mercanti - Mercanti Square
In Mercanti Square there is the "della Ragione" Palace the most important palace of the Communes period. Opposite this palace there is the 14th century refined building called Loggia degli Osii (1316), black and white marble are the characteristics of this palace built with this material to Matteo Visconti’s wishes. Beside there is the 17th century Palace of the Palatine Schools built by Carlo Buzzi in 1644-45. The last place of interest in the square is the ruins of the House of Panigarola (XV century), this was the "Uffici degli Statuti" palace.

Palazzo Carmagnola - Carmagnola's Palace
The building, which was a magnificent renaissance home from the 1400s, first given to and then confiscated from the leader and famous soldier of fortune Carmagnola (Francesco Bussone) by Filippo Maria Visconti. In 1494 Ludovico "The Moor" installed his young lover, Cecilia Gallerani, in the palazzo; she is thought to have been portrayed by Leonardo as his Lady with an Ermine. The building was called Broletto Nuovissimo between 1786 and 1861 and became the administrative building for the municipality. Some traces of its past magnificence remain today in the 16th Century courtyards, from the marble columns to the well head.

Palazzo dal Verme - Dal Verme Palace
This XV century cloister is a small courtyard surrounded by 16 marble columns, surmounted by rounds arches and cross vaults. The two pitch roof was rebuilt in modern style.

Castello Sforzesco - Sforza Castle
Along with the Cathedral - Milan's most famous and much beloved monument - the big Castle is linked to the vicissitudes and dramatic events that the city has been experiencing over the past centuries. For many years, in fact, it has represented a symbol of the power in the hands of the Dukes, as well as of the foreign dominators. Only at the beginning of the 20th century the Castle assumed its distinctive role, becoming a place of culture, which hosted numerous Lombard art collections. The Castle was named after Francesco Sforza, who transformed it into a ducal residence in 1450. But its origins date back to the second half of the 14th century, at the time of Galeazzo II Visconti.

Magenta Quarter
A 19th century district with many good shops, flanking a street - Corso Magenta in fact - that has existed on this site since the times when Milan was capital of the Western Roman Empire (3rd century AD). It is possible to admire beautiful detached houses built at the end of XIX century and Art Nouveau houses built at the beginning of XX century.

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
In 1463, the captain of the Francesco Sforza troops donated a piece of land to the Dominicans. On this land there was a cloister with frescoes depicting the Madonna delle Grazie. The monks commissioned Guiniforte Solari to build a church and convent and the work began in 1463. The new Lord of Milan, Ludovico il Moro, decreed that the apse and presbytery should be knocked down to enlarge the church and he commissioned Donato Bramante to supervise the work. Bramente, who came from Urbino, structurally enlarged the church and added large semi-circular apses, a wonderful drum-shaped dome surrounded by columns and a spectacular cloister and refectory. The fresco was commissioned in 1495 and completed in 1487. The representation by Leonardo da Vinci depicted the moment immediately after Christ said, “One of you will betray me”. The twelve apostles reacted in differing ways, their movements and expressions are magnificently captured in Leonardo’s work.

 
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