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Milan: Sforza Castle Entry Ticket with Digital Audioguide

1. Milan: Sforza Castle Entry Ticket with Digital Audioguide

Pre-book your entry ticket to one of Milan's most popular landmarks, the Sforza Castle, a Medieval-Renaissance fortress built in the 14th-century. Explore the castle grounds and the on-site museum's countless works of art while learning with a personal app-based audio guide. Start your adventure by exchanging your voucher at the meeting point in front of the Castle at Piazza Castello. Be sure to have your audio-guide app downloaded already, as this will ensure your sightseeing tour of Sforza Castle and Museum is educational and insightful. During your time at Sforza Castle, discover why this was one of the largest citadels in Europe and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this iconic structure. You will be sure to understand why this is one of Milan's most treasured and visited landmarks. Take a trip to the on-site museum which displays countless historic and iconic artworks by the likes of great artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Your audio guide is valid from the moment you set foot in Milan. The audio guide will provide plenty of suggested walking routes for you to become acquainted with the culture and history of the city.

From Lake Garda: Full-Day Guided Group Tour of Venice

2. From Lake Garda: Full-Day Guided Group Tour of Venice

Spend the day in one of the world’s most romantic cities on a full-day guided tour to Venice from Lake Garda. Travel across the Veneto on an air-conditioned bus, and hop on a private boat to the heart of the city. Finally, join a walking tour from St. Mark's Square to Rialto Bridge. Following your pick-up from various points in the Lake Garda region, including Limone, Riva del Garda and Bardolino, transfer to Venice with a short coffee break (at your expense) near Soave. Arrive in Venice by 11:00 AM and hop on a private boat and cross the lagoon to St. Mark's. Take a 40-minute walking tour of St. Mark's Square, complete with a guide and headphones, and see some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Campanile. Stroll the main streets to the Rialto Bridge and other monuments of “La Serenissima.” Learn more about the Republic of Venice and how it came to dominate the east and the west as the “Queen of the Adriatic.” The central district is teeming with beautiful squares, canals, crumbling mansions, ancient churches, artist workshops, and bridges — all of which you get to admire on this tour. In the afternoon, get some free time to relax and explore Venice on your own. Go off the beaten path for a more authentic look at everyday life in the city, or just sit back and people-watch in one of the many cafés of Piazza San Marco. At the end of the day trip, jump back on the boat to get from St. Mark's Square to the transfer bus at approximately 5:45 PM.

Milan: Renaissance Treasures & The Last Supper Walking Tour

3. Milan: Renaissance Treasures & The Last Supper Walking Tour

Embark on a guided walking tour in Milan to explore its Renaissance treasures including skip-the-line entry to da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ at the World Heritage Site of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the 16th-century Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and the medieval fortification of Sforza Castle. Skip the lines to the Dominican convent where Da Vinci's legendary fresco of the “The Last Supper” is on display. Get an up-close look at this masterpiece while your guide explains the composition, perspective, and use of colors. Venture a few blocks to a hidden pearl of the city at the 16th-century Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, sometimes called the “Sistine Chapel” of Milan. Proceed to the imposing Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco), where the dukes of Milan held court. See the beautiful grounds of the Parco Sempione surrounding the fortress, pass the iconic clock tower of the Torre del Filarete and stroll through the military courtyards as you learn more about the Sforza family and why they hired Da Vinci and invited him to live in the castle as a guest for decades.  

Sforza Castle and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini Tour

4. Sforza Castle and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini Tour

Discover the imprint Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci left on Milan on this guided tour with an expert guide. Visit Sforza Castle and see Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini. Florence is not the only Renaissance city in Italy. You can still find some traces of that period in Milan as well. Unveil the last masterpiece from Michelangelo right in Sforza Castle, located in the heart of Milan. A few steps away from Duomo, the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful pieces of art is resting, the Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo. He created this amazing sculpture when he was 89 years old, only a few days before his death. Along the way, listen to fascinating true stories about Da Vinci as well. At the end of the tour, visit the courtyard and the interior of the Castle and learn about Milan’s powerful families.

Bergamo: Palazzo Moroni Entry Ticket

5. Bergamo: Palazzo Moroni Entry Ticket

Palazzo e Giardini Moroni is located in the Upper Town of Bergamo and it represents one of the most significant buildings of the Baroque Era. The Palace is decorated with baroque frescoes and into the rooms visitors can admire the family's art collection. The building has the biggest private garden of Upper Town, divided into Italian gardens and a vegetable garden.

Milan: Leonardo's Vineyard & Sforza Castle with Audioguide

6. Milan: Leonardo's Vineyard & Sforza Castle with Audioguide

Download a self-guided tour of Sforza Castle and Leonardo's Vineyard. Listen to the audio guide explain the history, culture, and facts of these two iconic sites of Milan. Begin your tour by scanning your QR code to download the app and install your chosen content. The app will help you navigate Milan and show you the most picturesque short walking route from Leonardo's Vineyard to the Sforza Castle. Start the tour at Leonardo's Vineyard. With reserved entry, discover the forgotten story tying Leonardo da Vinci to Milan. The Vineyard was one of Leonardo’s most treasured possessions. Today, it has been brought back to life and its original vines have been restored, ready for you to discover. Continue your self-guided adventure at Sforza Castle. Explore a vast fortress that was once one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Learning about its fascinating history as you see historic displays and iconic works of art by the likes of Michelangelo and da Vinci. You can also enjoy a self-guided audio tour of Milan via the app. Use the navigation functionality on suggested walking routes as you are immersed in the culture and history of the city. See iconic landmarks including Duomo di Milano, Sforza Castle, Santa Maria delle Grazie and Sempione Park.

Mantova City Center and Ducal Palace: 3-Hour Guided Tour

7. Mantova City Center and Ducal Palace: 3-Hour Guided Tour

Surrounded by 3 small lakes, Mantova rises almost magically from the waters. The relationship between Mantua and water is a very close one: the Mincio River, the lakes and the medieval canal known as Rio are all entwined in Mantovan traditions. On a 3-hour walking tour in the city center you’ll discover how water and earth are unexpectedly interwoven. See stunning buildings, squares and churches. Learn about the importance of the Gongaza family in fine art and how they transformed their home into what is today the largest museum in Italy. The Ducal Palace was built between the 14th and the 17th centuries as the family’s royal residence in the capital of their duchy. The buildings are connected by corridors and galleries and feature inner courts and gardens. The complex includes about a thousand rooms and occupies an area of 34,000 square meters. Although most famous for Mantegna's frescos in the Camera degli Sposi (Wedding Room), there are many other very significant architectural and painted elements. Visit Rigoletto's House, see the exterior of the Saint George Castle and visit Piazza Castello, Piazza Santa Barbara and Piazza lega Lombarda. At Piazza Sordello you’ll have views of the Ducal Palace façade, the Cathedral, Vicolo Bonacolsi, Piazza Broletto with the medieval Palazzo del Podesta and Palazzo del Massaro and Arengario. Piazza delle Erbe is surrounded by the Palazzo della Ragione, the Clock Tower and the Saint Lorenzo Church. See the façade of the Merchant's House, Piazza Mantegna with the Basilica of Sant'Andrea built by Leon Battista Alberti and Piazza Leon Battista Alberti with the former cloister of the Sant'Andrea Monastery. No entrance tickets are needed on this city center tour, unless you’d like to visit the beautiful Bibiena Theatre where Mozart played when he was 13 years old (entrance €2). Churches close at noon and re-open at 15.00. During services entrance to visit churches is not permitted. For the Ducal Palace the entrance fee is €13. The Castle and Ducal Palace limit entrance to groups not larger than 25 people. For larger groups additional guides are needed and bookings are required in advance. On the first Sunday of every month, entrance to the Ducal Palace is free of charge, but cannot be booked in advance. As only 1,500 people per day can enter the room painted by Mantegna, on these special Sundays it may be impossible to enter that particular room.

Milan: Sforza Castle & Leonardo Skip-the-Line Private Tour

8. Milan: Sforza Castle & Leonardo Skip-the-Line Private Tour

Begin your 3-hour tour with skip-the-line access to the Sforza Castle and its beautiful courts. Admire the castle's private rooms, and Michelangelo's last sculpture, Pietà. Then, follow your guide during a pleasant stroll through the city center. Walk down Dante's street to discover the palace where the most beautiful courtesans portrayed by Leonardo used to live. Next, head to the Ambrosiana Museum and discover the history of the most famous Atlantic Codex. Appreciate the room dedicated to Leonardo's art, alongside a wonderfully selected sequence of famous paintings realized by the great names of the Renaissance such as Botticelli, Luini, Raffaello, and the world famous Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio. Conclude the tour with a visit to Cathedral Square, which is just a few steps away.

Milan: Guided Tour of the Battlements of the Sforza Castle

9. Milan: Guided Tour of the Battlements of the Sforza Castle

1,5- hour walking tour of the battlements of the iconic Sforza castle of Milan. Discover the seven centuries of history that make this castle one of the most fascinating places in the city of Milan and its history. Take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity ! A journey back to the days of the Italian Renaissance to discover the stunning and impressive stronghold of Milan. Meet your professional art historian guide at the start of the tour and commence your English guided tour in the discovery of all the rich history and all the extraordinary stories that lies within the walls of this castle. This walkway of the battlements will allow you to admire this impressive castle from an exclusive point of view like never seen before. Enjoy the wonderful skyline of Milan like you never have before. This castle was born as a defensive fortress of the Visconti family (one of the oldest and most illustrious Italian noble families) that was later transformed by the Sforza family (The House of Sforza was a ruling family of Renaissance Italy, based in Milan. They acquired the Duchy of Milan following the extinction of the Visconti family in the mid-15th century) reign into a Renaissance court and then used as barracks by the foreign armies that arrived after 1499. Ultimately this great castle was transformed into a precious treasure chest filled with authentic masterpieces. On this tour, you will be accompanied to experience one of the most exclusive walks that this castle has to offer, which is the Castle’s patrol walks/ battlements along with the towers. On this guided tour you will get the chance to see and hear the mesmerizing stories of this imposing castle and of all the parts in history it has been amid. Make your way approximately 120 steps to the highest part of the castle and begin your walk along the patrol walkways that connect the various towers. Admire the beautiful view of the castle courtyards, skyline of modern Milan – and with good luck of weather amidst clear skies witness the majestic Duomo cathedral from afar and the sight of the rest of the castle from angels that is a rare sight for the general public to witness, whilst listening to all the stories that revolve around this magnificent creation of architecture. Visit the room of the falcons, a room that once was covered in velvet walls and embroidered with silver. Mesmer at the stories about the mummified falcon that is stored in the underground warehouse of the castle. Finally, end the tour by visiting the guard room, inside the “Torrione dei Carmini” where you will get the chance to see the authentic recreations of the weapons used during the various periods of times this castle was utilized as a fortress and in their various defense mechanisms. Marvel at this magnificent castle that is a hybrid of medieval and modern architecture and weaponry.

Milan: Sforza Castle Guided Tour

10. Milan: Sforza Castle Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Milan’s Sforza Castle and learn about its transformations over the centuries. Explore the defense fortress, military barracks, private quarters, and the center of cultural institutions and museums. Today the castle is home to museums of art, archives, and libraries. Hear the history of the structure when it was under the rule of the Visconti and Sforza families, and about the last extraordinary restoration of the castle made by architect Luca Beltrami at the beginning of the twentieth century. At the conclusion of your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see Michaelangelo’s famous Pietà Rondanini.

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Very big castle and need to spend at least half a day here, beat come early on the morning when the door is open. Very impressive collections of artifacts and works of arts.

We had some extra time in Milan, so we chose to see the vineyard. The villa is amazing to walk through and the grounds are beautiful. The audio is very informative.

Excellent way to see the castle, Pietá and ambrosian library!!! Our guide was so knowledgeable! Very grateful she tailored everything to our pace.

Laura was a great knowledgeable guide that made me want to know more. thank you Laura

Really interesting tour, Fabio was very articulate and gave an engaging tour.