The historical center

 Sempione Park: in the middle of the city a green oasis rich with treasures

A huge park that opens with the Castle Square and extends until the proximities of Chinatown. Walking around the park is a great way to fight the stress piled up from smog and obnoxious work meetings. However, you should not underestimate its cultural and artistic value. As a matter of fact, Parco Sempione houses many treasures.

If you enter from the Castle side and you cross the courtyard, you’ll arrive in the Piazza del Cannone… even if it is called in this way (cannone means cannon) there are no weapons here. Go straight on and, on your right, you will find the Civic Aquarium and the Civic Arena. The Arena was built between 1805 and 1807 by architect Luigi Canonica in a neoclassical style and was used for races, celebrations and, when filled with water, it was even the stage of breathtaking naval battles. On your left hand, you can see the Torre Branca, a construction made of steel pipes inaugurated in 1933 by Gio Ponti and the buildings of the Triennale Design Museum.

Finally, always walking in a northern direction, you will see in front of you Corso Sempione with its amazing Arch built by Luigi Cagnola to celebrate the triumphal entry of Napoleon, who chose Milan as the capital of his reign, and later converted it into a Peace Arch to commemorate the emancipation from the Austrian supremacy.

Muscle in students, yoga teachers with mattresses and joggers running during their lunch breaks and enjoy your walk, remembering that, if you wish for a drink on the fly, you can go to the center of the park and drink a spritz at Bar Bianco or climb up the Torre Branca!


Parco Sempione, Piazza Sempione, Milano, MI, Italia
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