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Arco della Pace

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Address: Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
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In 1801 Napoleon ordered the demolition of the fortifications for...

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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symbolic place to visit

You can see this gate from every photos of Milan and it is one of the symbolic place to go. There is a big square around the gate and very near to Castello Sforzesco; so you can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the arch, like alot of cities, beautifully graces the scenic view of the city. it doesnt need much of a tour but done miss it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can see this gate from every photos of Milan and it is one of the symbolic place to go. There is a big square around the gate and very near to Castello Sforzesco; so you can visit there same time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful monument as you near the historical centre of Milan. Nice bars and restaurants on the street leading up to it so it's quite a lively area. Looking through the Arch you can see Parco Sempione and Castello Sforzesco in the distance. Lovely!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I spotted the arch from a far, and thought I must get to it. It is the Arch of peace. She me such of gate. It looks pretty cool close up and from far. Pictures with it or of it looks great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The look of this arch is lovely, every single detail of the architecture, plus all you have to do is walk from the castle across the garden which is really pretty as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing architecture and statues up on the arch. Very close to Sempione Park. Very nice view to take some pictures. I consider it one of the most beautiful monuments of Milan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

...where to sit and enjoy the view of this amazing monument. You can have a drink at a bar or sitting on the steps surrounding the Arco della Pace. I love this place because during the day is really relaxing and and by night is a place full of people is important and fashion both guys who just want to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

when you visit duomo, castello sforseze, you will be near the Arco della Pace, its similar as the Arc in Germany, i didn't beleive that exist such arc in Italy also, so go and see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Just at the end of the gardens of Sforza Castle. Worth visiting and spending sometime there as you leave the Castle

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The Arco della Pace is Milano's answer to Paris' Arc de Triomphe but it fails utterly to match the latter's magnificence. It is pretty florid 3rd quater 19th Century stuff. It is all of a piece with Rome's wedding cakelike Monument to Vittorio Emmanule II.

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Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
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