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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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Palatine, Illinois
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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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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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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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Frankfurt, Germany
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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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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The arch was built in the early 19th century under the guidance of Napoleon, although its location can be traced back to Roman times. It was built at the Porta Sempione, a former city gate that was once part of the Roman wall that surrounded Milan. The design of the Arch of Peace was based on the Arch of Septimius... More 

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Muscat Governorate, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This place is one end of the Parco Sempione. A lovely place that would get you some fantastic pictures by the day and night alike. Exit to the street/boulevard across the arc and you could find some pretty good bars and restaurants that serve great drinks and food. The downside would be that you will need to walk a little... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is very like the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris. It is worth a stroll through the park to have a look.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We walked through the park and found this monument at the end. Not much to say its the same as every other Arc I've been to. There's nothing around it, but makes a nice picture.

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Address: Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Milan>  > Centro Storico

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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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