Built by Francesco Sforza the Duke of Milan in the 15th century, it has undergone a slew of changes and restoration through the ages. Today it is home to a number of museums and art collections. It is what I would call one of the most underrated icons of Italy. You don’t hear much about it, but when you do actually see it, you are taken in by its enormity! It is just a couple of minutes by walk from the Cadorna station. Close to the castle is Parco Sampione. Think of it as Milan’s equivalent of New York’s Central Park! So you can make a day out of it when you visit the castle.
My next part of the article will deal with a very specific exhibit inside one of the castle museums.
The Pietà is a sculpture by Michelangelo depicting the body of Jesus on Mother Mary after the crucifixion located in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican city. The Rondanini Pietà revisits this theme. I am no expert on sculptures, but to me I found it a bit fuzzy as to who was cradling who. What I mean is that sometimes the sculpture looked like Jesus was supporting Mary instead of the other way round. It was surreal. The more you observe the more you are debating with yourself! The sculpture is present in the Pietà Rondanini Museum, which is inside the castle. You will also see two minor exhibits, a medallion dedicated to Michelangelo and a sculpture of his face.
Visit the castle and the museums and you'll be sure to enjoy it. And having the park to go unwind after your visits sounds like a perfect to me.