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Arco della Pace

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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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nice view at the end of the parc

we walked through the park from the castle. it is a nice walk and as far as we could tell popular with the locals. the arc is nice and worth photographing :)

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we walked through the park from the castle. it is a nice walk and as far as we could tell popular with the locals. the arc is nice and worth photographing :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This monument is in piazza Sempione and was finished being constructed in 1838. It is known as the Arch of Peace and was dedicated to the European Peace reached in 1815 after the congress of Vienna after the defeat of Napoleon). It is covered in quite a few carvings representing battles and other events of importance.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in the Sempione Park this is at the back and is good for some photos - other than that don't make a special trip as there is nothing else of note at this end of the park

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Sofia Region, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Arch of Peace is a magnificent monument - a beautiful arch decorated with many reliefs and statues related to different historical events, especially with Napoleon in Italian history. Located on the square at one end of Sempione Park and if you walk through the park at the other end will exit the castle Sforzesco.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was walking through a beautiful park as I was going away from Il Duomo and the castle, and I just happened to come across this nice arch! The architecture it amazing and it's very random really, it's just there, in a park. Hence why I love walking in cities I've never been to, never know what you'll find. It's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing views of the Semione park. Beautiful pictures can be taken here. Hang around for people watching

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It came to me a s a surprise as no one was there except me and my friends. How can people miss this out? Sure, it might look like Brandenburg but still it is beautiful on its own. We had the arch all to ourselves and took tons of pictures.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This whole area (the arc and the surrounding gardens) is a nice place to go for a stroll in between visiting sights. There is a nice seating area in front of the arc – great for people watching.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

This can be the start of a sightseeing walk which can cover all of Milan's main sights, starting from Arco della Pace, through the Castello and finishing up at the Duomo, Galleria and La Scala.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Nice place, near from castle and parco sempione. can be reached by walk or by trem from piazza duomo.


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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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