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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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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... read more

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Millersport, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Cervo, Italia
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

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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Gaborone, Botswana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 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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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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