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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 place near Sempione park

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 3 days ago NEW

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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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Karlskoga, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The park is really nice and the entrance to it is pretty. The park has turtles and diferant types of fish. Well worth having a strole here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very beautiful and intersting arc with a large square. That's in fact where is the end of Parc Sempione. Around the arc are few cafés. Interesting place if you want to take a break from a long walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to take some time to have a look at this monument. In my opinion 15 minutes should be enough.

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Rexburg, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Napoleon wanted an arch modeled after great Roman military general "Triumphal" arches like Constantine's arch and Titus' arch down in Rome. The arch eventually was completed, but the irony is, it is now called "the arch of peace." Go see this beautiful, dominating arch at the edge of Parco Sempione. At night, there are all kinds of restaurants and bars... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did a long walking tour of Milan, and am pleased I visited this. Worth a visit if you are in Milan.

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a monumental gate which was originally built to celebrate Napoleon's successful battles. If you are in Milan, you just can't miss it ;)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A tribute to Napoleon at the bottom of the park. A nice walk through the park offers plenty of photo opportunities.

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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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