Castello Sforzesco

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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.

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12 responses

  1. It certainly looks cold there. You'd have to wonder just how cold it would have been inside those suits of armour. Be sure to see Henry VIII's suit of armour if you visit the Tower in London.Michelangelo's Pieta in St Peter's Basilica was attacked with a hammer by Hungarian born Australian, Laslo Toth in 1972. He was never charged because of his obvious insanity. That's why it is now protected by bullet proof glass.

  2. I really loved this "castle" – all the artwork was out in the open and you could just walk right up to it. Photos allowed – no flash. No metal detectors to enter. The armour and swords were in glass cases and so was the china and silverware. They did have an attendant or two sitting in each room just watching us but the whole atmosphere is how it should be so that you can fully appreciate these works. I was really tempted to touch a tapestry or two…….. I hope that they do not have to protect these works behind security as they have had to do elsewhere.It is so huge and 3 euros allows entrance to the 12 galleries – though we only went through 8 or 9. It was well worth the visit and now ranks as one of my favourite places. I would love to come back and spend more time there – it really deserves a whole day.

  3. I love the European feel to your shots Emjay. There is no history like there is in Europe. Hope you are also taking pics of the fashion window displays! Your foot will be ready for a good rest when you get back!

  4. more brides thinking their love will keep them warm! there are so many wonderful things to see and photography I would be loosing my mind and probably eating pain killers by the hour pushing myself too much! but I am glad to here your taking care of yourself and still getting in such great shots and going so many great places, Although for some reason when I see you wrote the rooms were dark some how I got dank (musty, damp) it makes it more fun when my brain adds extra words into a post! Take care and Have fun

  5. It was! You would have loved the tapestries. I tried to photograph a chair especially for you but it didn't come out very well. The tapestry above was the best shot of them…. they were in a very dark room – everything was light, temperature and humidity controlled throughout the castle – must cost them a fortune.

  6. I'm afraid that would happen to me,too.
    It's a bit frustrating to be seeing all these amazing things–but in poor light!
    Then of course no flash.
    I don't think even a high ISO and the right setting is going to get all you need with a point and shoot. And that's what I have, too. I'm not hauling 20 pounds of equipment to take a photo with an SLR and the lenses I'd need. I've done that–it impedes my enjoyment of the experience.
    A point and shoot is wonderful unless you have a stern-looking guardian of the artifacts glaring at you so you don't even think to use a point and shoot flash and destroy the exhibits. :p
    Emjay, do they allow small tripods or are you having to be careful about any picture taking indoors?
    That's the only way I can think of be able to get a decent enough shot to salvage.

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