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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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“sempione park” (15 reviews)
“beautiful arch” (12 reviews)
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Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
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"sempione park"
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"beautiful arch"
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"castello sforzesco"
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"peace arch"
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"from afar"
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"big park"
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"lovely walk"
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"great park"
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"impressive structure"
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"castle grounds"
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"people watching"
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"napoleon"
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"monument"
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"piazza"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely adventure , we went up the tower , cost only €5 each , views were fantastic and 5 minutes shot past , then we had a great meal in one of the restaurants surrounding the Piazza Sempione.

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked to the Arc from the castle through the park - approx a 10 minute walk. Stunning architecture. Access to the trams and the metro is close by. Would recommend a visit to see the Arc of Peace.

Thank Megan W
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Having walked from the Milan cathedral through the shopping areas and as you enter the park you are met with the magnificent site of the Arco della Pace. Breathtaking and magnificent to say a few words. Plenty of seating areas to sit and enjoy the...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Guarding the Sempione Park, the arch was started by Napoleon after his victory here. It is now another landmark in this beautiful city.

Thank Andr_Petr
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

A beautiful building that has another awesome backdrop! I definitely recommend to see! It's worth it!!!

Thank januse9
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Not surprisingly this grand arch , like those in Paris, was started by Napoleon, finished after his fall it was named the Arco della Pace, the arch of Peace. It can be vviewed as you approach from the Sempione Park and it stands in the...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

The Arch of Peace has quite a history, dating back to the Roman walls of Milan but mostly was built in the 18th/19th centuries. It's free to walk up to have a look at; made a great walk in the sunshine from the castle to...More

Thank Angelina M
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

You can see this arch from the other end of the park at the Castello Sforza but it really impresses as you approach. Free to see and worth the walk through the park to see.

Thank Scott C
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

Arco della Pace is just at the end of the gardens of Sforza Castle and it is located in the center of the large area of Piazza Sempione. Arco della Pace is a triumphal arch part of the Porta Sempione. It is of very majestic,...More

Thank Titus D
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

Great monument! I recommend to see it! The architecture of this monument is amazing! There is a lot of place around it to take beautiful pictures.

Thank sailordreamer
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