Parco Sempione, Milan

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    Parco Sempione

    by basstbn Updated Mar 16, 2013

    What was once ceremonial parade grounds for the Castello Sforzesca (Sforza Castle) is now a pleasant urban green space known as Parco Sempione - a haven for nearby apartment dwellers out to walk their stylish dogs and for young lovers seeking a shady park bench where they can whisper sweet things, nibble ears, and whatever else they do these days.

    The peaceful gardens are created in such a way to emphasize views of two of Milan's major landmarks which rest at either end of the park - the Sforza Castle and the Arch of Peace. The park also includes a public aquarium and a civic arena. Adjacent to the park is Milan's Palazo dell'Arte, which we did not visit.

    The whole area of the park is covered by a free wireless network.

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    by ettiewyn Updated Aug 25, 2012

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    When we spent our last couple of hours in Milan, we had a break in Parco Sempione, a large park. It was very hot around lunch time, and we found a bench in the shade and just sat there and enjoyed the atmosphere. There were many people here, most of them locals, but also a few tourists. Most of them had found benches as well, or were just sitting under the trees having a picnic.

    Parco Sempione is located northwest of Castello Sforzesco, and it is another of those places that I had imagined to be much, much bigger. I thought it would need much time to explore there, but in fact it is not that big, and to see the main parts does not need that long, just stroll around leisurely and enjoy its beauty!

    The 47ha parc was designed in 1893. Before that, it had been the hunting grounds of the Sforza family, and in 1800 it became a parade ground. In 1893, the new park was designed after the model of English parks, however, during World War Two is was used to grow wheat!
    There is a beautiful artificial lake in the middle of the park, and further west there is the Arco della Pace (picture 5) which was erected to celebrate the victories of Napoleon, although it was unveiled as late as in 1815. To the north, there is a big amphitheatre from 1806, but I did not go there because it really was to hot and I wanted to get back to the shade.
    Close to the castle, there were some big tents and a large screen where the Olympics were shown (we visited during the Olympics in summer 2012)

    A word of caution: According to my guide book and tips on VT, Parco Sempione should not be visited during the night.

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    Parco Sempione

    by leffe3 Written Aug 10, 2011

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    Parco Sempione is the largest open space in inner Milan.

    Established in the 1880s, the park stands behind the Castello Szforesco and contains some of the ruins of the castle's outer defensive walls. Designed in such a way that affords a view of both the tower of the castle and the Arch of Peace (see separate tip) across a central lake, the park provides welcome shade from the heat of the summer, plenty of sunbaking opportunities, a cafe and, along with the Design Museum, the Arena Civica and aquarium are to be found on its edges.

    Free wireless network is also provided within the park grounds.

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    by draguza Updated Feb 28, 2009

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    The Park occupies the place of the ancient Piazza d'Armi. It was initiated in 1980 according to the designs of Architect Alemagna. It is a Romantic style park with English style organization. It became, from the time of its opening, a centre of public initiative for expositions, such as the re-uniting Exhibition of 1894 and the International Exhibition of 1906 from which remains the functioning Aquarium pavilion. At its borders rises the Art Palace, built in 1931 by design of Architect Giovanni Muzio, the centre of the Triennial of Milan and the Park Towers, planned in 1933 by Giò Ponti. It is bordered by the Castle, the arena, the Peace Arch, and the North Railway yard. Special Interest: The fountain "dei Bagni Misteriosi", by the painter De Chirico and the mermaid bridge, in cast iron, transported to the park when the Canal was closed.

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    Parco sempione

    by lina112 Written Aug 2, 2008

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    Located near corso Sempione, from where it takes its name, Sempione Park is Milan's biggest green area. It's perfect for long walks and summer picnics, with a large central meadow, an artificial lake and a fountain designed by De Chirico.

    Parque Sempione se encuentra entre el Castello Sforzesco y Piazza Sempione con el Arco de la Paz, fue diseñado por Emilio Alemagna. En este parque hay algo para todos: un campo de juego para niños, un lugar relajante en el hierba para gente joven y para quien quiere pasear entre el verde de un parque o ir a un museo.

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    Parco Sempione

    by muratkorman Written Oct 7, 2007

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    This big park is the right place to escape from hot and humid summers of Milan. There is enough area for jogging, biking or walking as well as making a picnic or sunbathing. You will catch many Milanese resting under the trees during summertime. You can enter the park from Castello Sforzesco or from via Helvezia. It is not suggested to wander in the park late in the evening.

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    by Diana75 Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    Parco Sempione or just simply Parco, located at the back of Castello Sforzesco, is just a small part of Sforza properties.

    The 47 ha have been arraged in 1893 by the architect Alemagna, who designed an oasis of peace with alleys and small bridges.

    Inside the park is also located the Palace of Art (Palazzo dell'Arte) and on Monte Tordo was placed a monument dedicated to Napoleone III made by Francesco Barzaghi in 1881.

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    Parco di Sempione - the green oasis

    by satara Written Apr 4, 2006

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    The discovery of park of Sempione behind the castle Sforzesco was a pleasant moment - a nice place for late evening walk. During the daytime, when the castle is open and all the exhibitions are open inside the museum, the park is full of families with kids and young people searching for some green-romantic-nature in the busy city life.

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    Parco Sempione

    by Airpunk Written Mar 4, 2006

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    The Parco Sempione is the biggest park in Milan and a place to walk around and relax (as almost every city park in the world...). Situated behind the Castello Sforzesco, it is a green oasis in the busy city of Milan. Enjoy a few minutes outside of congested streets and have a look at the castle as well as at the Arco della Pace (arch of peace) from the park.

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    Enjoy the green

    by gal_flower Written Jan 25, 2006

    Take your map and locate the big park - allright take the metro and there you are :)
    You'll have great time there, listen to the very professional musicians playing at the corners and rest on the grass enjoying the green :)

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    Not all business and fashion

    by MJB123 Updated Nov 22, 2005

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    Behind the Castello Sforcesca is this park. I consider it important to visit as you can see the locals at play or relaxing. There is a small amusement park where parents take their children.
    Milan is not all about business and fashion. To many many people is just their home town.

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    Parco Sempione

    by Marpessa Updated Oct 14, 2005

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    This park was turned into a public recreation area in 1893 and it is absolutely beautiful. A big part of my day I spent in this park, it is breath-taking and huge! There are many different footpaths to walk along and there a couple of ponds/little lakes, lots of green grass to sit on in the sun. Beautiful trees and plants, sculptures, outdoor entertainment and people just enjoying themselves. There are also little snack carts everywhere for if you get hungry.

    Plus you are right behind Castello Sforzesco, very picturesque and at the other end of Parco Sempione there is the Arco Della Pace, a neo-classical arch which is supposed to signify peace.

    Just beware that there are some people walking around trying to sell you things (most likely that you won't want to buy) and women, please read my warning tip.

    Beautiful foliage! Have a seat...! Arco Della Pace Many sculpted pieces in this park
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    Parco Sempione

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 18, 2005

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    This park, which is the green heart of the city, lies on the other side of Castello Sforzesco and is all that remains of the Grand Ducal Park, the hunting preserve of the Viscontis and the Sforzas. The current park dates back to 1894 when architect Emilio Alemagna suggested creating a garden from the vast area of 47 hectares that lay between the Castello Sforzesco and the Arco della Pace. When I visited it was a beautiful day and there were loads of people lying back and taking it easy under the shade of the trees.

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    Parco Sempione

    by Bregman Updated May 24, 2005

    Right behind Castello Sforzesco you will find the beautiful Parco Sempione. This is a perfect place to take a stroll and enjoy the pond and the trees, blooming in bright colours.

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    Parco Sempione

    by Polly74 Written Mar 18, 2005

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    This park stands behind Castello Sforzesco. It is huge and fascinating with its lakes, meadows and little bridges. It is the ideal place to spend a Sunday afternoon in the fresh air. The Park is home to monuments such as the Arena Napoleonica, the Tower designed by Giò Ponti and the Triennale di Milano

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