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Arco della Pace

Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy (Magenta)
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Ranked #59 of 399 attractions in Milan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Milan, Italy
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is one of Milan's most famous monuments ... normally, tourists would only look at the Arch from the Castle side ... like in the background ... no ... you should walk all the way down the park until you reach the Arch itself ... then, you will start discovering the real Milano where the Milanese stroll and enjoy their... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Just go see it no more , it' s not far from castello sforzesco so usually plan it while you visit the castle

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Maldives
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

It seems like a copy of the Arc de Triumph in Paris but is still worth a visit. The arch in itself is pretty with a huge ground in front and attached to a big park.

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robinsville, nj
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Situated in Piazza Sempione, at the other end of the Park when coming from Sforza palace, it is remarkably quiet and serene. My husband was a bit disappointed by its size, as it seemed to be growing smaller the closer we got to it (the steps in Piazza Sempione go down toward the Arco)

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Hertfordshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Well worth the walk from the castle, through Sempione park and finish here, great place to sit and people watch

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Easy to find at the end or start whichever way you come of Parc Sempione which was the true highlight for us. Worth a visit and walk round.

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Sydney
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37 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Yes, you need to spend some time in front of this Arch. Its not as great as the similar one in Paris. From this place as well, the castle can be seen as well.

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ireland
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317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Wonderful piece of history and architecture and it's FREE to visit. Very similar in design to the Arc De Triumphe in Paris, this Arch of Peace was ordered and constructed by Napoleon and it still bears his name inscribed on the legend. Go and visit Castello Sforsesco and walk from there, through Park Sempione to the arch. A nice stroll... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

A magnificent piece of architecture, at the bottom of the road from our hotel, and next to the Pizza OK restaurant where we ate every night. Built by Napoleon in a straight line with the Castello Sforzesco and the Duomo, as he did with the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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New York City, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

My favorite aperitivi are around Arco della Pace, which is by the way a beautiful monument, easy to get to with the trams.

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