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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 from castle and parco sempione. can be reached by walk or by trem from piazza duomo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This can be the start of a sightseeing walk which can cover all of Milan's main sights, starting from Arco della Pace, through the Castello and finishing up at the Duomo, Galleria and La Scala.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place, near from castle and parco sempione. can be reached by walk or by trem from piazza duomo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Christmas market in Milano December 2016. With friends. Milano is great European City. Loads to do from shopping to part

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this place. The arch is beautiful, made of marble and it is really interesting the design of the colours of the marble. A great place next to a great park!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Quiet area near a park with a huge arch. Reminds me a bit of Berlin, but definitely worth a visit! Really beautiful place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Within short distance of a very nice park and the Castle so in all a good area to visit. It was cold for us being December but the park was still pleasant to wander through.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

It's nice to see it, but honestly, this arc is nothing special. Maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about, but these kinds of things can be seen in every big west european country capital or slightly bigger city. Good to make a few pictures and want it or not you will move on in 3 mins, because there's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Arco della Pace is a beautiful sight in Milan and is best admired on a sunny day sitting on the stairs that surround it. This area of Milan is a lot quieter and can be accessed from walking through the lovely Parco Sempione. There are some nice restaurants nearby which do great aperitivo for only 10 euros!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Stunning arch architecture and great symbol in this city so worth as admiring as it oozes history and while you are there take a long walk in the park

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The arch is very nice, but the park is beautiful. After looking at the arch don't miss the park, lovely walk on a nice day

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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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