Sempione Park / Parks and Gardens

The green beating heart of Milan

It’s no overstatement to say the Sempione Park is the most popular green space of Milan. Located between Piazza Castello and Piazza Sempione, the park also enjoys the stunning background of the Sforzesco (or Sforza) Castle, at one of its ends (Piazza Castello). At the opposite end of the park there is the so-called Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace), the construction of which started in the early 19th century, under Napoleon, and completed some 3 decades later, in 1938 (and, instead of being inaugurated in the honor of the Napoleonic victories, it was rededicated to peace).

The park was designed by Emilio Alemagna, the construction works being carried out in the late 19th century (1893). It developed from a section of the old Visconti Gardens, and now it stands out as one of the most modern parks of the city (locals, as well as tourists, are very fond of it).

The park stretches on a surface of 386,000 square meters. Thus, it is quite large to be covered from one end to the other on foot, but this also means the park is replete with all sorts of leisure opportunities. Locals often come here for picnics on the shore of lake, admiring at the same time the lacustrine view (the pond is crossed by a bridge, yielding a scenic sight). Furthermore, the park is ideal for jogging and cycling, not to mention the play areas laid out to keep both the grownups and the children busy. Other highlights of the venue refer to the Park Tower (Torre del Parco), built in 1932 and inaugurated under the name of the Lictor Tower, the Aquarium of Milan, to the Art Theater and to the plethora of statues and monuments, here and there scattered throughout the park. A fountain (sprouting sulfurous water) can also be spotted here.

Taking into account the park enjoys the wide coverage of a wireless network, what else is there to say? In fact, there is: pet owners should also be relieved to learn the park has been laid out with four dog friendly areas. On top of that, plenty of concerts and sports events are organized here. Clearly, the Sempione Park is one of the must visits of Milan.

Sempione Park (Parco Sempione)
Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
Opening hours:
daily: 6:30am to 9pm (seasonal variations must be taken into account)

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