Although its dimensions and general layout are truly ancient,
has taken its current appearance for just a bit longer than a century.
The main Torre
was built from scratch between 1893 and 1904.
There are photographs (like the one aside) to prove that a full-scale wooden
model of the tower was first placed in front of the castle, to see how the
final version would look.
Similarly, the coats-of-arms of the 15th century signore
Sforza which you come across in the castle were painted just a century ago,
while the round tower to the right of Filarete's is nothing more than a
water cistern that servs the surrounding districts. Even the core of the
castle, the Cortile
, was extensively rebuilt, although this restoration
work was meticulously designed.
If you want to see where the main tower design was taken from, look - if
you find it open - in the portico of Cascina Pozzobonelli, remnants of a
Renaissance country house next to the Central Station.