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In 1801 Napoleon ordered the demolition of the fortifications for Milan's Castello Sforzesco. This left a large space for the piazza Sempione, now a suitable site for a monumental construction to serve as a triumphal entrance to the city. Begun in 1807 in honour of Napoleon, the arch was not finished until 1838 for the occasion of the coronation of Ferdinando I as King of Lombardy-Venetia. The work of neoclassical architect Luigi Cagnola, inspired by Settimo Severo's arch in Rome, the structure features three colossal Corinthian columns with an arch made of granite from Baveno and adorned with marble from Crevola di Ossola. It is surmounted by the famous 'sestiga della pace' -- the work of Abbondio Sangiorio -- and by four statues of victorious men on horseback.
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“big park” (4 reviews)
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Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally found this and went up closer (or as close as you can get) and had a look. Pretty underneath the arch. Lovely park leading to it and I love the way the streets behind it splay out... very pretty!

Thank ForeverYoung50
Reviewed 1 week ago

This isn't the best archway I've seen, most cities have at least one, but it's maybe worth a short walk to see it.

Thank Gaynor S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The final part od Corso Sempione offers a good leisure time due to many bars and restaurants, moreover no car can entry this part of the corso. The Arco della Pace with the Dogana buildings on its sides is located in an interesting square (Piazza...More

Thank Maurizio S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Arc after walking through the parko sempone. Peaceful square and beautiful arc. Took some time to sit on steps bordering the park. Plenty of cafes surrounding the Arc Plaza to provide refreshments as well.

Thank porter_osborne
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of yhe tourist visit the magnificent Duomo and the nice Castello Sforzesco. I like this spot because there are a lots of bar and restaurant with no car and you can let the children walk free. It's a quiet area and you can see...More

Thank dalida77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simple but stunning ! Leads to a lovely area of park where you can sit and take a breather whilst overlooked by this beautiful marble Arch with fantastic statues of horses and chariots. Stroll trough the park and at the other end you will find...More

Thank wishyouwereheretoo12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a visit in to the castle , walk through Milan's best park and come to this great" arch of peace" . Click pictures and selfies from any angle . It is simply beautiful.

Thank rashmisono
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there by bicycle and it was really nice to go and pass through it, not really a place to stay.

Thank alon117
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The gate is at the end of the park that starts from Sforzesco Castle. You can start the trip in the Castle, walk through the square, see the unfinished statue of Michelangelo, continue to the wonderful garden that begins at the Castle and ends at...More

Thank הלאידר ש
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We walked here after the touring the castle and through the very pleasant park which is ideal for a relaxing break. The arch is very impressive and reminded of us of others that we've seen around the world. Worth the walk for the photos. Free...More

Thank WirralTiger
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Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high
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expedition into a royal experience. Head to the
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