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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 yesterday

It is nice spot to start your walking tour in Milan. Nice park next by to sit and relax. There are some artist playing music.. very relaxing!

Thank Magdalena B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was worth the walk through the park. Absolutely beautiful, carved lovingly and very impressive. Take a look!

Thank SLT1962
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool place to see, but if your time is limited perhaps pass it by. A number of bars and restaurants are close, plus the park is a nice respite from all the hustle and bustle.

Thank dwt2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Arco della Pace was right by our hotel. It is lovely and at the start of a great park. If you like parks, you will like this one!

Thank pjcharles
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once created for napoleon, changed to Peace seems every city has one, Rome, London, France, but very pretty and worth viewing

Thank vaheron51
Reviewed 1 week ago

at the south end of Corso Sempione, and at the head of the Parque Sempione. It is surrounded by a plaza, where sometimes they have live performances. Many parks and restaurants make this area very attractive for night out.

Thank frez
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to walk a bit to see this place but the park that you walk in is just beautiful. It is worth the walk just to see this arch.

Thank olie293
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Arch of Peace is a must-visit in Milan, just to see its architecture and grace. It is situated not too far away from the Castle and right on the fringes of the gardens. Give this one a view!

Thank CorporateProphet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the other end of the Castello Sforzesco, past the beautiful gardens, you arrive at the Arco Della Pace, and are tempted to sit down on the steps around it, and take in the sights. It looks beautiful when the lights come on in the...More

Thank dk_the_wanderer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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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