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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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This attractive neoclassical arch celebrates the peace between European states after the 1815 Congress of Vienna. On all sides, it is enriched with fine bas-reliefs. It stands at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cervo, Italia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This attractive neoclassical arch celebrates the peace between European states after the 1815 Congress of Vienna. On all sides, it is enriched with fine bas-reliefs. It stands at the entrance of one of the city parks, commanding impressive perspectives.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful piece of architecture which is a must if you're visiting the park and/or castle. Great views down through it to the castle. It's also a stop on the hop on hop off bus route. Many cafes around too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even by Italian standards this arch is most impressive. It is at the far end of the Park Sempione, at the opposite end to the castle. Well worth a visit. There are cafes nearby to refresh you and trams to whisk you back into city.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The arch is stunning, and the architecture is great, however once you've seen it that's it. The area was clean and extremely quiet - there was no buzz or atmosphere. The best bit was walking through the park to get there. It's worth seeing but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was not on our list of things to see in Milan but we had walked through the castle and saw this arch across the park. We took a walk through the park to the Arch and were amazed to see just how beautiful it was up close. The arch of peace was built to celebrate Napoleon's victories and was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn't planned on visiting but was at Sforza Castle and could see it, so I decided to go and take a photo. It was built during Napoleons reign and renamed Arch of Peace. Nice walk through Sempione park to get there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Arc around 11-12 in the afternoon, it was very quiet and the area was well kept. The arc is beautiful and has a nice view of the Castle. We stayed to have brunch at Living across the street

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are already around Sforza castle, this is must see, just another side of the park. Unfortunately also packed by tricksters like any other bigger monument and tourist place in Milan, so watch your pockets.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Lovely architecture, enjoy and move on to another of the wonderful architectural gems in Milan! We also enjoyed travelling on the old wooden tram past the Arco della Pace and seeing from another angle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Aside from the traffic (and the graffiti around the buildings), if you get pass them.. this monument is breathtaking!!

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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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