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Address: Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy

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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Stunning arch architecture and great symbol in this city so worth as admiring as it oozes history and while you are there take a long walk in the park

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 29, 2016
Martino B
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's nice to see it, but honestly, this arc is nothing special. Maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about, but these kinds of things can be seen in every big west european country capital or slightly bigger city. Good to make a few pictures and want it or not you will move on in 3 mins, because there's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Arco della Pace is a beautiful sight in Milan and is best admired on a sunny day sitting on the stairs that surround it. This area of Milan is a lot quieter and can be accessed from walking through the lovely Parco Sempione. There are some nice restaurants nearby which do great aperitivo for only 10 euros!

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Stunning arch architecture and great symbol in this city so worth as admiring as it oozes history and while you are there take a long walk in the park

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

The arch is very nice, but the park is beautiful. After looking at the arch don't miss the park, lovely walk on a nice day

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

It's not the Arc d'Triumphe, but it's worth a stopoff since it's decently close to everything else to see in central Milan.

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

We take a walk from the Duomo di Milano till the arc, through the big park. Very nice walk, especially in the good weather. The arc itself looks as a part of the environment, makes you really peaceful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

If you live in europe, this is just something ordinary to you. This place is recommended for night hang outs, the famous Milanese/Italian aperitif. Full of bars to pubhop, all with buffet and cheap prices. For a 8-10 euros a drink, you have an unlimited access to the buffet. Wow.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Take a wander from the city, through Sforza Castle and Parco Sempione, up to the Arco on Piazza Sempione. Great views back towards the Castle, nice piazza and good place to take in lunch at one of the restaurants flanking the piazza. Nice!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Arch of Peace Arco della Pace Porta Sempione ("Simplon Gate") is a city gate of Milan and can be viewed after passing through the Sforzesco Castle from the major avenue of Corso Sempione. Built in 1838 it was a fun exhibit to visit on our afternoon walk.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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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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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