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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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Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

The Arch of Peace is located at the entrance to the Sempione Park, near the historic city center. Visitors can reach by metro or car. There is a spacious car park in the area. It is free place. As you get closer, pay attention to...More

Thank Ngoc Anh T
Reviewed September 21, 2017

The triumphal arch (named “Arc of Piece”) was built in 1807, under the Napoleonic rule, designed by Luigi Cagnola. It is a 25 meters high neoclassical structure with numerous bas-reliefs, statues and Corinthian columns. An impressive building that witnessed some of the most important events...More

Thank Borzov
Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

And we came upon this Arch. Very impressive structure dating to the, I think, mid nineteenth century. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank macsterling
Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

I was staying close by to this landmark and took a stroll down to see it. There are a few coffee shops opposite where you can sit down and soak it in. It's not the arc de triomphe, but it's still very impressive. And the...More

Thank George F
Reviewed September 11, 2017 via mobile

Built by Napoleon to mimic the one in Paris and supposedly connected together by the road from France to Italy. It is impressive in it's own right although considerably smaller than the Arc de Triomphe. Easily reached from the castle.

Thank RobertFGCarter
Reviewed September 8, 2017

Nice memorial near the Castle that is a gateway to a street lined with cafes and diners. A great place for pictures - we will know you were there.

Thank Marion M
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Located in the park beside the Castello. Nice architecture. No cafes or restaurants near by but a very relaxing area.

Thank RyanNicholas93
Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

You can see this from the castle and definitely worth a walk down. It's just beautiful from every angle. Great view looking at it from down the road with the castle seen through the arch. Also couple of nice restaurants down this end.

Thank qtsam17
Reviewed August 25, 2017

Walking through the park you can't help but see this triumphant arch and it is worth the pleasant walk to get a closer look at it. Evidently it lies on the road to Paris

Thank Anthony S
Reviewed August 11, 2017

A lot of people go there to relax during the day and in the evening. Cosy and nice place to take foto's.

Thank EricAntoon
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
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