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SFORZINDA "The Castle for children"

SFORZINDA - The Castle for children Sforzinda, a play and discovery area for children from 4 to 11. A way to help the very youngest visitors discover the historical and artistic heritage of our city. The castle is open year-round for children, with free activities for primary schools in the morning, and €1 admission for families every afternoon, on weekends, and over the holidays. "We made a promise to the children of Milan," said Councillor Simini, "that they would get their own permanent gathering place, and today we are inaugurating a magical space that has been created in the well-preserved vaults of Castello Sforzesco to offer our youngest citizens an appealing area where they can come together to have fun learning new things, and at the same time, to meet the needs of families by offering high-quality services and activities to enjoy in their free time." "The space has been designed using a special, creative approach, unlike any other area for children currently operative in Italy," said Simini, describing Sforzinda, a project created by the architect Loretto Buti with the artistic contribution of Aris Provatŕs (assisted by Giada Ramponi), and carried out by Punto Uno Arreda based on a concept by Teatro Laboratorio di Figure in Florence and Museiamo in Milan. A setting for play and discovery whose design makes reference to the iconography of the castle, it is part of "Kids at Castello Sforzesco", a project organised by the City of Milan and funded under Italian Law 285/97, and does not fall neatly under the heading of a recreation centre, workshop, or into other usual categories. The flexibility of the space has been ensured by building simple, easily managed structures. By moving its components, the space can be freed for different exhibits, and modular tables allow a range of activities for large or small groups. All furnishings are made of wood, and are genuine containers, with open-front bookshelves, cabinets, and drawers to contain work materials, and seating that turns into roomy storage chests. The castle's iconography is also echoed in the colours of the objects: yellow, red, blue, and green. The educational activities aimed at getting to know Castello Sforzesco are overseen by the educational staff of the City of Milan - Education Office, and by Cooperativa Tangram, and are organised according to a changing schedule. Sforzinda is in the inner moat of the Piazza d'Armi, accessed by a wooden staircase. It is located in the spacious vaults that surround the square at the edge of the Carmini Tower, from which a secret escape passage (not currently open) leads to the outer moat on the eastern side. These areas, once used for ebony and woodwork, have been recovered and restored by the Castle Administration.

open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 12 PM and from 3 PM to 5 PM (open until 6:30 PM from June to September)

For information and bookings:
Phone +39 (0)2.88463792 (especially for weekends and holidays)

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Castello Sforzesco - Piazza Castello   20121 MILAN