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Arco della Pace

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Address: Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
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Description: In 1801 Napoleon ordered the demolition of the fortifications for Milan's...
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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Nice park setting, ice cream available for purchase at stands as well as beverages, makes some nice pictures and nice to sit by on the steps. Nearest parking is probably at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Nice park setting, ice cream available for purchase at stands as well as beverages, makes some nice pictures and nice to sit by on the steps. Nearest parking is probably at the local art museum or over the road there is parking along grass verge.

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Milan, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I sometimes go here on Saturday night with my friends, we just grab a drink and hang out near the Arco. A lot of kids like to do that, it's kind of a place to meet like the Navigli district.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The Piazza around this attraction is alive with tourists, locals and artists. A great area with numerous restaurants, bars and shops. Milan is a vibrant and wonderful city. If you are visiting you do not want to miss this icon and area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This was a great place. Great pictures and most importantly, free. If you take your time you can take pictures of all the different scenes depicted.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Arco della Pace is a triumphal arch part of the Porta Sempione. It is located in the center of the large area of Piazza Sempione. It offers a nice view if you walk from the Castel trough the park, but also if you walk to the castel on the "Corso Sempione" street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We walked from the Castello S Forzesco - the Castle - through the park to the Arco. It is an impressive sight as you walk under the castle arches and see the Arco in the distance. You lose sight of it as you dip in the middle of the park but it soon reappears. Up close there is so much... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

I began my walk of the park here at the Arch of Peace. This is in great shape and the sculpture tells some great stories. the plaza it sits in is quiet and relaxing. The arch also frames the Castle for a great shot of the old and new.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

To get to the arc we walked through the big park, that looks stunning in this time of the year. A lot of fresh air and quiet places, we needed them a lot after all day walking around the city. Advice to go there, arc looks beautiful

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

At the far end of Sempione Park but visible almost as soon as you enter the park. An impressive arch to signify Roman rule of Milan and a good place to sit for a picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

There are many arches in the world, from Hyde Park in London to Arc de Triumph in Paris. The Peace arch in the northwest corner of Sempione park is a must see. It is in excellent shape and very well lit at night. The lighting gives off great detail and fantastic shadows. Photographers, I recommend upshots along the columns and... More 

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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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