Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle or Castello Sforzesco was built by the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza back in the 15th century to make it his residence.

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La Scala Theatre
La Scala Theatre (Teatro alla Scalla) is an iconic theatre built in 1778 which has consistently held the most famous opera and ballet performances in Milano.
Santa Maria delle Grazie Church
Santa Maria delle Grazie Church is a Dominican convent that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site as it's home to the mural of Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper".
Sforza Castle
The Sforza Castle was the Sforza dynasty's residence for centuries, and it now holds some of Milan's most important artistic work.
Da Vinci's The Last Supper
Da Vinci's The Last Supper is an iconic mural that depicts the moment Jesus realises that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples.
Brera Palace
The Brera Palace is a neoclassical structure containing the Pinacoteca di Brera, an art gallery showing Milan's most famous work.
Chiesa San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is a royal church built in the 16th Century in the historic centre of Milan, with stunning frescos that often go missed by tourists.

Related Tours

Explore Milan in a Day: Private Full-Day Tour including Sforzesco Castle
Explore the many cultural and architectural highlights of Milan, and learn about its long and varied history from a humble village in the 6th century BC to an important Renaissance stronghold, to the modern financial and fashion centre of Italy today. 

On your private full-day tour, you will:

  • See the famous Teatro Alla Scala, one of the world's oldest and most famous theatres;
  • Walk along the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, with its luxury fashion shops and the famous quadrilatero della moda;
  • Pick up invaluable recommendations, advice, and tips on finding the best, local food as you explore highlights and off-the-beaten-track side streets;
  • Stop for photos at the famous Duomo, Milan’s stunning centrepiece;
  • Visit the Chiesa San Satiro, known for its false apse, an architectural optical illusion, attributed to Donato Bramante;
  • Wander through Piazza degli Affari and hear about the meaning of Il Dito sculpture;
  • Learn all about modern life in Milan while taking in the atmosphere and the beauty of this vibrant city;
  • Admire the Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore with stunning frescos that often go missed by tourists;
  • Enjoy a Lunch break at one of the best city spots! - Lunch not included
  • Enter the famous Sforzesco Castle, once the residence of Royalty and enjoy a guided tour of the courtyards and the Museum; 
  • See the last incomplete work by Michelangelo, the Pietà, a meditation on death and the salvation of the soul.

Experience the vibrant atmosphere, stunning architecture, palaces, museums, mansions, churches, modern shopping galleries, and the beautiful parks at the heart of Milan, Italy’s most fashionable city on this full-day tour of the city highlights. 

Milan began as a humble 6th-century Celtic village and grew into one of Italy’s most prosperous cities. While it is a large city, the highlights are easily navigable on foot, on this full-day walking tour with your private guide. Experience both modern Milan, with its financial district, and fashionable shopping in the dazzling Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - home to the major fashion houses like Gucci and Versace, Armani and Ferragamo, as well as its venerable history, from castles to churches and old market squares. 

Stop outside the Duomo for some holiday snaps – the famous centre point of the city with its Gothic-style spires, and an astonishing cathedral that took over 600 years to complete. 

Visit the historic Piazza Mercanti – the medieval hub of the city where swords and suits of armour could be bought and sold. It is surrounded by several grand old buildings which your guide will introduce you to Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo delle Scuole Palatine, Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, Casa dei Panigarola & Loggia degli Osii. 

End your tour with a private guided tour of the iconic Sforzesco Castle including the courtyards and the Museum . Admire the last incomplete work by Michelangelo, the  Pietà and other renowned artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci. 

Please note that some rooms at Sforzesco Castle might be closed due to restorations.
Milan's Artistic Renaissance: Private Tour with tickets
Explore the artistic wonders of the Italian Renaissance on this immersive private tour of Milan, a city famous for its fashion, art and architecture with visits to some of its pre-eminent museums, churches, palaces and quarters of the city. 

On your private tour, you will: 

  • Discover the treasure troves of Renaissance Italian art in the Poldi Pezzoli and Bagatti Valsecchi Museums;
  • Explore Milan’s notorious fashion quarter - the opulent Quadrilatero d’Oro, or Golden Quadrangle, where you can find every major fashion house including Gucci, Armani, and Versace;
  • Explore the impressive Sforzesco Castle, a vast 15th-century fortress built by Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan: a veritable citadel and repository of incredible art;
  • See a codex by Leonardo da Vinci and the extraordinary last sculpture completed by Michelangelo, the Rondanini Pieta.  including Michelangelo’s last sculpture and a codex by Da Vinci;
  • End your tour with a visit to the Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a 16th-century royal chapel and former Benedictine nunnery, famous for its exquisite frescoes and the ‘Hall of Nuns’. 

Milan is a vast, affluent modern city in the north of Italy – a central hub of Italian finance and industry. It is also famous for its fashion, its Renaissance architecture – and of course its art collections. Your tour takes you to some lesser-known gems, ‘museum houses’ to really discover the artistic heart of this vibrant city. 

On your private walking tour, you will discover these artistic treasure troves in the Poldi Pezzoli and Bagatti Valsecchi Museums, the magnificent Castello Sforzesco, and the beautiful church of San Maurizio. 

The Poldi Pezzoli has variously been described as a casket of wonders, a shrine of art and precious things, and was the life-passion of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, an Italian count and voracious art collector in the 19th century. The museum is really his private house, filled with gems from the Italian Renaissance by artists such as Botticelli, Canaletto, Bellini and Piero Della Francesco among others. It contains a vast, eclectic collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, armoury, jewellery, clocks and watches, porcelain and pottery, glass and textiles. Truly Aladdin’s Cave of Wonders. 

Next, explore another historic ‘house museum’ the fabulous and eccentric Museo Bagatti Valsecchi with a stunning collection of sculptures and paintings from the Renaissance. Founded by two brothers, Barons Giuseppe and Fausto Bagatti Valsecchi at the end of the 19th century, it is filled with art, pottery, scientific instruments and of course Renaissance masterpieces. Of particular note is Bellini’s Saint Justine. As Giuseppe described it:

“The intention was not to create a museum or a collection, but to reconstruct a lordly mansion of the mid-16th century in which were very disparate objects of the 15th and 16th centuries: paintings; tapestries; rugs; furniture; arms; ceramics; items of bronze, glass and iron; jewellery, and domestic utensils of every kind, all collected with careful study and returned to their original use.”

Very close by, enjoy a stroll through Milan’s famous fashion district, the Quadrilatero d'Or, the world's most famous upmarket shopping district including Chanel, Versace, Gucci and all the major houses! 

The Castello Sforzesco is a mighty complex, built in the 15th century by the Duke of Milan, and today contains an impressive collection of museums dedicated to art, architecture, weaponry, history and ancient history including an Egyptian wing and a prehistoric wing. 

Here you will be able to absorb the regal atmosphere of this austere ducal palace, and admire precious works by Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto and the most recently found Caravaggios! You’ll also see a codex by Leonardo da Vinci and the extraordinary last sculpture completed by Michelangelo, the Rondanini Pieta. 

Lastly, visit the quietly majestic Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a royal chapel built in the 16th Century, often missed by tourists, with stunning frescos and a peaceful atmosphere. 
Half Day Highlights Private Tour of Milan with Da Vinci’s The Last Supper
Experience the very best of Milan, on this four-hour private walking tour of the city highlights, including tickets to see the iconic painting of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo Da Vinci in Santa Maria Delle Grazie. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personal attention and meaningful insights from your private guide.
  • Explore the city highlights and some hidden gems.
  • Learn the history of Milan and the people that created the city – from a humble Celtic settlement two thousand years ago, to a Renaissance powerhouse and today’s thriving financial and fashion centre. 
  • See some of the most iconic buildings, piazzas and monuments in Milan for some fabulous photos, including the Duomo, Castillo Sforzesco – and its magnificent park, the Royal Palace, the Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore and the ancient Columns of St. Lawrence, Piazza Mercanti and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. 
  • Stroll along with the exclusive Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, home to Milan’s haute couture and admire La Bella Figura
  • Finish your tour with tickets including seeing Da Vinci's painting of "The Last Supper". Please note: your guide will not join you for this portion of the tour. 
Milan is a vast, modern city, which plays an important role as an Italian economic and industrial hub. However, behind this industrious veneer lies a city steeped in history, culture, and fashion. The majestic churches and cathedrals contain stunning frescos and architecture that cannot be missed, and the world-renowned fashion district is a fascinating place to explore. 

You will see all the major highlights of this prominent Italian city, including Theatre la Scala (external only), an iconic theatre built in 1778 which has consistently held some of the most famous opera and ballet performances. Enjoy a stroll in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world's oldest shopping malls and experience the fashion hub of Italy with its exclusive shops and haute couture. This vast emporium is known locally as "Milan's drawing-room" and is built with an impressive glass-vaulted arcade design.

Visit the fascinating Piazza Mercanti or "Merchants Square" where swords, hats, and suits of armour were once sold. Explore the adjacent Sforza Castle, the former home of the ruling Sforza dynasty for centuries. It now holds some of Milan's most important artistic work. Pop into churches, and admire ancient ruins, before coming to Cenacolo Vinciano the world heritage site, which contains the world-famous mural of Da Vinci's The Last Supper. 

Da Vinci's iconic mural depicts the moment Jesus realises that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples, and of course has been made mega-famous by Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. 

Please note that the visit to "The Last Supper" lasts 15 minutes due to Covid restrictions at the site.
Welcome to Milan: Private Half-Day Introductory Walking Tour
Experience the vibrant atmosphere, stunning architecture, ancient ruins, modern galleries, beautiful parks and the heart of fashionable Milan, the financial and fashion hub of Italy with an expert private guide. 

On your private walking tour, you will:

  • Embark on an introductory city tour of the highlights of Milan, Italy’s financial hub and fashion centre;
  • Hear how locals describe Milan - the experiences that have shaped their worldview, and how they feel about fashion, tourism, and the future;
  • See the famous Teatro Alla Scala, one of the world's oldest and most famous theaters;
  • Walk along with the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, with its luxury fashion shops and the famous quadrilatero della moda;
  • Pick up invaluable recommendations, advice, and tips on finding the best, local food as you explore highlights and off-the-beaten-track side streets;
  • Stop for photos in front of the famous Duomo, Milan’s stunning centrepiece;
  • Visit the Chiesa San Satiro, known for its false apse, an architectural optical illusion, attributed to Donato Bramante;
  • Wander through Piazza degli Affari and hear about the meaning of Il Dito sculpture;
  • Learn all about modern life in Milan while taking in the atmosphere and the beauty of this vibrant city;
  • Admire the Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore with stunning frescos that often go missed by tourists;
  • See the famous Sforzesco Castle, once the residence of the Royalty.

A 6th-century Celtic village that grew into one of Italy’s most prosperous cities, the centre of Milan is easily navigable on foot. Famous historical attractions, like the Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Opera House, are easily reached as is the temple of Italian designer brands, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Milan is famous as the financial and fashionista hub of Italy. Looking good or ‘La Bella figura’ is an art form in the city and people-watching the oh-so-stylish Milanese is a lesson in panache. Milan is also Europe’s wealthiest non-capital city. Its cuisine is Italian of course but peppered with exotic influences, from border nations and globe-trotting chefs to migrant kitchens. Full of Michelin restaurants, but also out-of-the-way tavernas, local trattorias, and unpretentious cafes down cobbled side streets, Milan has it all. 

Enjoying a private, guided tour with a local guide will help you discover the treasures hidden in plain sight throughout the city. As you snap pictures of the Piazza del Duomo and tiny squares accessed through pedestrian archways, hear how Milan became one of the most important financial and fashion centres in Europe. 

Enjoy an immersive walking tour through Milan’s highlights and through its world-renowned shopping streets. 

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