Castles in Lombardy

Castles in Lombardy, Scenes from a Fairy Tale

Castles in Lombardy, Scenes from a Fairy Tale

Uncover the most beautiful castles in Lombardy. Add a visit to a one of these jaw dropping destinations, visiting castles is a great way to spend a trip focused on cultural tourism.


Starting in Milan, the Sforza Castle was built in the XVth century over the ruins of an older structure and has since become a symbol of the capital. It has served various purposes throughout the years: being transformed into a residence, military base, and now as exhibition grounds. Renowned artists such as Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci have also worked here and guided tours allow visitors to see the catacombs and old night watch routes! 


The Fortress of Scagliera can be found in Sirmione, on the coast of Lake Garda in the Province of Brescia. A rare testimony of an ancient fortification that hosted a navy fleet, you can now admire its walls and the gorgeous lakeside shores out of its tower.


In Vigevano stands one of the largest architectural structures in Europe, originally a Lombard defensive stronghold, it currently harbors the Footwear Museum at its ground floor. 


These are only a few suggestions for visiting castles in Lombardy. Browse this unique section and pick your very own castles in order to live a vacation dedicated to cultural tourism. 

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    • The Visconti Castle is one of the wonders of Trezzo sull'Adda and certainly the symbol of the city. It was built in 1300 at the behest of Bernabò Visconti , next to a fortress that, according to...
    • The Visconti Castle in Pavia is a typical example of Renaissance architecture with a square layout and corner towers, protected by a deep moat. Built by Galeazzo II Visconti between 1360 and 1365...
    • The Sforza Castle in Vigevano is one of the largest architectural complexes in Europe, located in the upper part of the city, built on the walls dating back to the period of the medieval communes....
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    • The Bolognini Castle of Sant'Angelo was built in the 13 th century, on the banks of the river Lambro in a strategic position for controlling the river traffic heading to Milan. The castle was...
    • The Fortress of Soncino, in the province of Cremona, was converted - with the Stampa family feoffment in 1536 – into the residence of the marquis family by closing the ramparts to make the rooms...
    • The Scaliger Fortress in Sirmione is located at the end of a long strip of land that juts out into the hinterland of Lake Garda . Here, for the length of a drawbridge, a stretch of water separates...
    • The Desenzano Castle, erected in the Early Middle Ages, was most likely built on the foundations of a Roman fort. While the southern part of the castle was expanded it never became a military...
    • Oldofredi Castle, in Iseo , stands on a hill in the town's historical centre . Thanks to its strategic location, the castle offers a wonderful view of the lake, especially its towers. Today, the...
    • Quistini Castle can be found at the heart of the Franciacorta area, just a couple of steps away from downtown Rovato, its origins hail back from 1500 AD. Nowadays it hosts numerous events such as...
    • Perched on Cidneo Hill, in a natural environment that serves as one of the "green lungs" of the city, the Castle of Brescia is one of the most interesting fortified complexes in northern Italy, in...

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