• LOCATION 17 | The Best of Milan: Explore the City’s Secrets

    Parco Sempione

    You're now in Parco Sempione, the largest park in Milan. Stop here for a moment.

    Here you can take a rest or walk among the several trees and flowers to visit the attractions. On the left side is the Triennale design museum, a very important venue for design and art lovers, that has a restaurant with great views and a little cafè in the garden open to public. Close to it is the Torre Branca, a tall tower with an elevator heading to the top to enjoy a fantastic view.

    On the right side of the park is the Aquarium, the library in the green, or the Bar Bianco, where one can spend time learning or having fun.

    The big arch you see at the far end of the park is called Arco della Pace and it is quite similar to Arc de Triomphe since it was built during Napoleons reign. It was one of the entrances of the city, connected to the walls that surrounded Milan. Today it is at the center of a square that becomes lively at night, behind Corso Sempione full of cafès and restaurants.

    Feel free to spend some time in the park. If you prefer to keep moving now, with the castle behind you, turn right now and head to the street. We're heading to the Brera district.

    I'll tell you more about the park as you go.

    Parco Sempione is the largest public park in Milan, an English style park opened at the end of the 19th century. It used to be the hunting ground for the dukes living in the castle, then it was used for military training. Imagine that in the 15th century there were exotic animals coming from Africa, such as lions and elephants! Also, the park was huge and much bigger than today, since behind the castle there was just countryside and empty fields. The castle was the last building of the city on the northern side.

    Remember if you do spend time in the park, come back to the spot you were at, and with the Castle behind you, turn right to head to the street. You'll hear from me when you get there.

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The Best of Milan: Explore the City’s Secrets