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.
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.
The biggest park in central Milan, and a huge expanse of greenery. The park contains, and is adjacent to, a number of Milanese sights, including the Sforza castle , the Arch of Peace, the Triennale, the Aquarium and the Arena Civica. It's not the nicest park I have ever come across, and the waters in the lakes and streams washed up a foul polluted scum. The inhabitants were a mixture of relaxed walkers, bored pot smoking students, and drug dealers. I even saw a deal made right under my eyes (only a smoke). It didn't feel all that dangerous during the day, but I was under good advice not to return there at night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.