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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW 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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Bratislava, Slovakia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This sightseeing is near Sforza castle. You can take a nice photos of it. We had a luck, because there were not lots of tourists, so we could take nice photos.

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Merelbeke, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful arch, for once not about war and conquering. Start your walk from the fortress through the beautiful park and arrive at the arch.

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Edina, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During a rainy day walk through Parco Sempione, one of the highlights was this "Arch of Peace." I appreciated that Milan had chosen to name its triumphal arch after Peace rather than some other more militaristic name.

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By all means admire this lovely structure, and take some photos. And yes, walk through it to get to the Parco Sempione, but don't hang about. The area (especially in the morning) is littered with rubbish from all night reveling, and with some drunk people asleep. There also seems to be a gang selling marijuana operating just under the Arco... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked through the park in order to see the peace arch and it was impressive. It was also a war memorial but I can not remember which one. Sorry

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place to visit and to take pictures after a tour of Palazzo Sforzesco and Sempione park. Don't miss it!

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a triumphal arch, built in the early nineteenth century as part of the 'Foro Bonaparte' - a modern version of a Roman Forum - to celebrate Napoleon's victories.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Listening to the guide talk us through the various historic events of this piazza gives you the feel of a changing Milan. Hearing that the horses were even turned around at one stage to have their backs towards Paris makes you wonder - Why??

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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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