Built in 1888, Parco Sempione is a delightful metropolitan attraction for an escapade away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of Milan's popular tourist destinations is this well-maintained park with tall trees, vibrant flower beds, and paved pathways that are ideal for a stroll or picnic. The Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, gave the order to completely encircle the region around the park with an extensive moat to protect the wildlife in 1392, which is when Sempione Park's history officially started. Since then, several stories and oddities have been connected to this lovely sanctuary in the middle of Milan.
The park offers several attractions, including the Castello Sforzesco, Arco Della Pace or Napoleonic arch, and Acquario Civico, an aquarium home to a Neptune monument, the god of the sea.
Things to see in the Sempione Park
- Pay a visit to the Little Mermaids Bridge in the park, also known as the Mermaids Bridge (Ponte delle Sirenette). It is Italy's first iron bridge. Four sculptures of mermaids embellish the bridge.
- If you are an ardent lover of modern Italian architecture and the visual arts, then La Triennale di Milano is the place you should visit in this park.
- Kids will love the Acquario Civico Milano, which is a public aquarium that was built for the 1906 World's Fair. There are about a hundred species in the aquarium's 36 tanks.
- Currently, concerts and numerous events are conducted at the Arena Civica, which was inaugurated in 1806 in the presence of Napoleon. Check out the listings to attend one of these events.
- Check out the majestic triumphal arch, Arco Della Pace, which was constructed in 1838 to mark the unification of Italy.
- One of the primary icons of Milan's history is the Sforza castle, also known as Castello Sforzesco. Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, constructed the fortress in the fourteenth century on the ruins of earlier defenses originating in the fourteenth century. The Church has frequently undergone significant changes during its long history. For example, it was one of Europe's largest citadels in the 16th and 17th centuries. Outside the court, you can see the imposing walls, towers, and several gates spread over its four sides.