Castello Sforzesco (English: Sforza Castle) is a castle in Milan, Italy that now houses an art gallery. Original construction on the site began in the 14th century. In 1450, Francesco Sforza began reconstruction of the castle, and it was further modified by later generations. It currently houses an art collection which incldes Michelangelo's last sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà, and Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Trivulzianus manuscript.
Milan is the main city of northern Italy, and is located in the plains of Lombardy. The city proper has about 1,308,500 inhabitants (2004), but the population of the urban area (La Grande Milano, Greater Milan) is 4,280,820 people (2006 estimate).
Calculated within European terms, Milan's metropolitan area covers an area similar to that of Paris with a population of more than 7 million people. Milan's so-called Citta Regione (City Region) claims more than 9.4 million inhabitants. The Città Regione area is comparable to the Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs) of the United States.
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