Arco della Pace
Arco della Pace
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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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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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  • Steviefull
    Kidderminster, United Kingdom1,945 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Arch
    Parco Sempione was inaccessible in places due to the massive storm in Milan during July but the Arch still looked majestic. Dating back to the 19th Century the 'Arch of Peace' is the gateway to the park and leads to the Simplon Pass and was a route from Milan to Paris. A little to the north of the city and out of the main touristy areas but well worth a visit, particularly on a sunny day as a walk in the park is never a bad idea, and if that involves going through Sforzesco Castle then even better.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2024
  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,950 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Grand Archway Fit for an Emperor
    Napoleon commissioned this Arch in recognition of his conquests. Sadly, he didn’t see it finished. Today it is a reminder of days gone by and is a good photo opportunity. The archway doesn’t look out of place and reflects how things were celebrated in the past.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2024
  • wiseguy1282005
    Hong Kong, China6,193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good to take photo with.
    It was a quiet afternoon when we arrived here. There weren't too many tourists around. Great photo opportunity for us. Just far away, there was KOL doing live sales and a bit annoying for us.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2024
  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, Washington1,723 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and large arch that reminds us of Paris' Arc de Triomphe
    We stopped here after our visit to Fortress Sforzesco, it is located after you exit the large park. Quite impressive and ornate. Definitely worth the walk and lingering for photographs. Reminded us of the Paris' Arc de Triomphe. Quite lovely.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 July 2024
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,964 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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ViaBen
Greater London, UK868 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This imposing triumphal arch sits at the centre of a wide circular place at the north-western end of Sempione Park. It was built under different rulers (mostly Napoleon and the Austrian Empire) and it is a great example of Neo-Classical architecture, with columns, capitals, statues and bas reliefs, and the Peace goddess on her chariot on top.
Beautiful architecture, pleasant area for a stroll, great views of the castle across the park and plenty of photo opportunities.
Written 6 September 2022
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Sebas M
Buenos Aires, Argentina124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
It depends on where you are coming from, you most likely will see it at the "end" of Castello Sfozzarello and the Parco Sempione. You can also get pretty close to it, and see the details of the sculpting.
While technically you'll be seeing from behind - I believe - you can get a nice view/picture by going pass it, and looking back towards the Castello.
The stroll around the park is quite nice as well, and there are some places for a quick meal.
Written 26 November 2022
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,945 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Parco Sempione was inaccessible in places due to the massive storm in Milan during July but the Arch still looked majestic. Dating back to the 19th Century the 'Arch of Peace' is the gateway to the park and leads to the Simplon Pass and was a route from Milan to Paris.

A little to the north of the city and out of the main touristy areas but well worth a visit, particularly on a sunny day as a walk in the park is never a bad idea, and if that involves going through Sforzesco Castle then even better.
Written 24 January 2024
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany1,208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Although the construction of the monument was started during Napoleon's rule, it finallly was dedicated to the end of Napoleonic Wars and the Vieanna Congress. It is an interesting piece of architecture. Its walls are decorated with several reliefs about history and ancient stories. It is located at the end of Parco Sempione and beginning of Corso Sempione, a big road of Milan.
Written 30 October 2022
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,950 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Napoleon commissioned this Arch in recognition of his conquests. Sadly, he didn’t see it finished. Today it is a reminder of days gone by and is a good photo opportunity. The archway doesn’t look out of place and reflects how things were celebrated in the past.
Written 12 March 2024
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,723 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We stopped here after our visit to Fortress Sforzesco, it is located after you exit the large park. Quite impressive and ornate. Definitely worth the walk and lingering for photographs.

Reminded us of the Paris' Arc de Triomphe. Quite lovely.
Written 8 July 2024
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Scott B
Wantagh, NY685 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited it only because we were nearby and then moved on after a quick picture. It is nice to see, but simply a gate to the city as you see in other cities worldwide. If you don't have time to see much, don't bother going to see this. Visit the Duomo and Monumentale Cemetery first.
Written 9 November 2021
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Amy D
London, UK287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Beautiful monument, great location in Siempe Park close to Torre Branca and Castello Sforzesco. Lots of nice coffee shops nearby too. Great photo spot.
Written 13 February 2023
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