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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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“beautiful arch” (13 reviews)
“sempione park” (15 reviews)
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Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
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"beautiful arch"
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"sempione park"
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"castello sforzesco"
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"peace arch"
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"brandenburg gate"
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"from afar"
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"big park"
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"impressive structure"
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"opposite end"
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"great park"
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"nice walk"
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"castle grounds"
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"people watching"
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"napoleon"
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Reviewed yesterday

It is a beautiful monument at the Piazza Sempione(Square). This is located in one of the entrances of the Parco Sempione (Park). I recommend to visit there.

Thank Eudoxio B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Behind this fascade there are loads of activities happening. There are concerts, exhibitions and if you prefer a stroll, walk through the park . There are many tracks and you can even bike through. The only drawback is there were lots of mosquitoes in the...More

Thank Dragonsgate
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apparently Napolean had this built- very big. The entrance to Milan from the straight road that connects it to Paris. Set is a lovely big park.

Thank Hooray H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a long walk in the park I finally saw the arch of peace. There is not that much to see or do. Just take a look at this monument as it is a must see and famous in Milan. But if you miss it,...More

Thank furaha1nl
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located at the start of Parco Sempione, it's an impressive structure that can be seen from far off, very iconic and very beautiful when you get up close. We were very lucky to have seen this early morning with no-one around as our hotel was...More

Thank Suzy C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located at the end of the park. In the entrance you can see the Castle - a good place to take pictures. Architectural is very detailed and symbolic. The whole area is well-developed for walking and rest.

Thank TerraVR
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Milan’s very own Arc de Triomphe! This monument was built on the site of a Roman entrance to the city, and the Arco itself was actually built in the Napoleonic years of Milan, a year after its cousin in Paris. Nowadays it’s a great place...More

Thank Alex B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After the castle, walk through the park and explore the arco. Very nice and plenty of seating to admire. Not busy so easy to see

Thank Brenton K
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

i sw it recently during the Salone del mobile with an exhibition which was remarkable. lovely space, great views, very well arranged

Thank nicolas s
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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Walked through Parco Sempione and Castello Sforzescoto get there. Highly recommend this route. Arch is nice but area surrounding makes it worth the walk (about 25 min. from where I stayed, south of Missouri satiation).

Thank d2j2flanders
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