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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 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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Impressive structure

Only a week ago I was in Paris, you can see how all these structures are close the the same, built for the same reasons to celebrate the same sort of thing. It's not as big, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Will G
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good for photographic activities, walk able from Duomo & by walk from castello sforzesco, must visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only a week ago I was in Paris, you can see how all these structures are close the the same, built for the same reasons to celebrate the same sort of thing. It's not as big, but it is still something special. It is part of a lovely walk that you can do.

Thank Will G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

As all the Triump Arches in the world, I'm always very happy to see another one, especially when I have a bunch of space to run under it.

Thank Eduard O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

It's nice to visit especially walking across the park in a nice day. I gave it an average rating because there are questionable young people hanging out in groups that just didn't seem right. I would avoid at night.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

This is a place piece of architecture not far from the castle and can be seen from the Parco Sempione it's a symbol of Milan

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Positioned in the center of Sempione's Park, this arch is a beautiful piece of architecture to visit at least once if you're in the neighborhood. In the area around the arch there are numerous restaurants and cafes, especially during the evening this area comes alive thanks to the many lounge bars nearby, music, drinks and young people.

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Located near the Sempione park, close to the castle, the arch is nice at night, when the lights are on, but during the day it's not so spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

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 November 23, 2015

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 November 21, 2015 via mobile

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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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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