Arco della Pace

Arco della Pace, Milan: Address, Arco della Pace Reviews: 4.5/5

Arco della Pace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Monuments & Statues
About
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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The area
Neighbourhood: 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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Denisa L
Prague, Czech Republic756 contributions
Worth visiting
Sep 2021
Worth visiting. You can then walk through the park to the castle, the surrounding are quite nice. Can recommend.
Written 1 October 2021
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,333 contributions
Simplon Gate
Jan 2021
Beautiful triumphal arch built in 1807 on project of Luigi Cagnola.
It was built on the ancient Roman Walls and on Sempione road and Pass direction that connects Milano to Paris .
It is a neoclassical triumph arch 25 meters high and 24 meters wide, decorated with a number of bas-reliefs , statues and Corintians columns.
At the sides of the Arch of Peace there are two minor rectangular buildings that used to be customs office.
Written 3 January 2021
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David
Oxford, UK1,052 contributions
Worth visiting
Aug 2020 • Solo
Perhaps because of Covid, perhaps because it is a Monday, the arch plaza was entirely empty! Almost had a 28 days later feel, interrupted only by the noise of some construction work.

The arch is spectacular, although sadly you cannot walk inside it due to ongoing renovation work.
Written 10 August 2020
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt400 contributions
Edge of the Sempione park and middle of a nice square
Feb 2020
It is a very nice piece of art made of granite and marble as a symbol of victory and issues related to Napoleon as usual. It is on the edge of the Sempione park and middle of a nice square. The overall square is also pretty.
Written 15 May 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,695 contributions
Only monumental gate of Milan
Feb 2020 • Couples
Stands at the center of a pedestrianized plaza, at the edge of the Sempione Park. It is 25 m high and 24m wide, decorated with a number of bas reliefs, statues and Corinthian columns. There is a central passageway flanked by two smaller ones. On top of the Arch stand three sculpture groups . The central one- the Chariot of Peace shows a six horses chariot. The statues on either side of the Arch are the Victories on Horseback.
Written 29 February 2020
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,469 contributions
Very impressive and a good photo op
Dec 2019
I walked twice from Castello Sforzesco through the Parco Sempione to the Arco della Pace. Both times I walked back. The Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace) is impressive and a good photo opportunity. The history of Arco della Pace is connected to Napoleon.
Written 18 February 2020
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
Imposing structure
Mar 2019
The Arch of Peace, located at the edge of the Parco Sempione, opposite the Castello Sforzesco, is an imposing structure, originally designed as a triumphal arch, built as a tribute to Napoleon's victories (it was even called so - The Arch of Victory - but was renamed later.
It is highly ornate with fine statues and bas-reliefs depicting post-Napoleonic events from the Italian history - this is because it was completed and inaugurated well after Napoleon had abdicated as an emperor.
The Arco della Pace and the Piazza Sempione, where it stands, are the natural end of your wandering in the park. Spare some time to contemplate the beautiful arch and then relax with an "aperitivo" or a nice meal in some of the plenty restaurants in the area.
Written 15 February 2020
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Okarahan
Krakow, Poland1,316 contributions
Arco della Pace
Feb 2020
One of the gates of Milan, located not far from Duomo. Next to the gate, there is castle and a huge nice park. Nice place to see and spend time.
Written 4 February 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,227 contributions
It Hits You When You Reach The End Of The Park
Nov 2019
I suggest that after visiting the castle, you walk through the park, Parco Semione, which in itself is a pleasant activity after the crowds in the castle. The arch appears as you emerge from the trees and is quite impressive. It was constructed in the early 19th century after Napoleon's conquest of the city.
Written 28 January 2020
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BT3rd
Datchet, UK5,707 contributions
A Place to Sit a While
Jan 2020 • Couples
The monument sits at the head of the park that takes you to the Castle Sforza and through towards the road to the Duomo. Not the biggest Arch, but a typical Napoleon inspired one, especially as he ordered it built.
Written 19 January 2020
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