We had a late start today – it was cold and snowing and just not very inviting outside.
Once fortified with a hearty breakfast and some strong coffee we ventured into the slush and within minutes my joggers were filled with icy water and my toes in danger of being frostbitten! How I wished that I could fit my foot into my sturdier red lace-ups!
We went to the Castello Sforzesco. The original castle was built in 1368 as a fortress complete with a moat and 60 drawbridges.
The Filarete Tower collapsed in 1521 and was rebuilt in 1905 in the original design.
The Parade Ground is the main courtyard where tournaments were held
This is the pool of the Corte Ducale – the duke's official residence – a little cold for swimming today!
We saw 3 brides out in the snow in the castle grounds:
The castle is now a series of museums housing ancient art, Egyptian artifacts, Decorative Arts, and Archives. These are some of the artworks. The tapestry did not photograph well – the room was very dark.
The ceiling of one room was painted by Leonardo da Vinci :
There were samples of swords and armour:
Michelangelo's last work, Pieta Rondanini, is on display in the Museum of Ancient Art. He altered this work several times between 1552 and 1564 but it was never finished.