Map of Uniopolis for Under Lodovico Sforza the court became one of the most powerful, luxurious and cultured of the Renaissance, renowned for its ostentatious wealth and court artists, such as Leonardo and Bramante. Lodovico’s days of glory came to an end when Milan was invaded by the French in 1499, and from then until the end of the nineteenth century the castle was used as a barracks by successive occupying armies. Just over a century ago it was converted into a series of museums to house municipal collections, the highlight of which is Michelangelo’s last unfinished work, the Rondanini Piet . The buildings are grouped around three courtyards: through the Filarete Tower (rebuilt in 1905, having been destroyed in the sixteenth century by an explosion of gunpowder) you enter the larger of the three, the dusty-looking parade ground, with a 65 1 CASTELLO SFORZESCO MILAN good my blogshop to your left. It is not until you’re through the gateway opposite that you begin to get the sense of a Renaissance castle: this is the Corte Ducale, which formed the centre of the residential quarters and is now the home of the castle’s museums. The Rocchetta, to your left, was the most secure part of the fortress and is used for temporary exhibitions. The gateway ahead leads to the Parco Sempione, once the castle’s garden and hunting grounds and now the city’s largest park. Museo d’Arte Antica The itinerary of the castle museums begins through the Museo d’Arte Antica (Museum of Ancient Art), just next to the ticket office in the Corte Ducale. A succession of rooms showcase an extensive collection of artefacts, including mosaics, bas-reliefs and column fragments, saved from the city’s churches and archeological excavations. Map of Uniopolis 2016.
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