4 star hotel near Sforza Castle
One of the many benefits of staying at this lovely hotel is its proximity to the famous Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco in Italian).
This an iconic symbol of the city and is just 1 km from the hotel. It is easily reachable on foot in about ten minutes by walking along the Via Morigi towards Via Sant’Orsola, Via Vigna, Via Brisa, Via S. Giovanni sul Muro and then taking the 3rd turn off at Largo Cairoli.
The Castle is just outside the historic city centre. It was built during the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, the then Duke of Milan.
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, after undergoing numerous improvements, it was renowned as one of Europe’s main military citadels.
Thanks to its great location, the 4 star Hotel Mentana, which is so close to the Sforza Castle, is the perfect place to stay if you are intending to visit this impressive building which has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries.
This was the private residence of Francesco Sforza I from 1450, and with the occupancy of Ludovico Sforza, who was nicknamed Ludovico il Moro (the Moor), towards the end of the 15th century, the castle earned a reputation as one of the most sumptuous locations in Europe thanks to the artistic contributions of Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci.
Over the centuries, the building’s purpose changed from that of an imposing private residence to a military fortress.
The 4 star Hotel Mentana, which is very close to the Sforza Castle, enables visitors to do a tour of what is now the home to several civic museums and custodian of one of the largest artistic collections in the city. Today, Sforza Castle houses:
• The Pietà Rondanini Museum – Michelangelo
• The Museo d’arte antica
• The Museo dei mobili e delle sculture lignee
• The famous “Sala delle Asse” – Leonardo da Vinci
• The Pinacoteca Art Gallery
• The Museum of Decorative Arts
• The Museum of Musical Instruments
• The Archaeological Museum – Prehistoric and Protohistoric sections
• The Archaeological Museum – Egyptian section
The Castle can be visited daily with no charge from 07.00 to 19.30.
The museums are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 17.30 (the latest entry is at 17.00 (for those who already have tickets). Admission is free every first and third Tuesday of the month from 2pm and access to all the museums on a single ticket costs €5.00.
You should choose this 4 star hotel close to the Castello Sforzesco, so don’t waste any more time, go ahead and book your stay at the Hotel Mentana now.