Breathe In Fresh Air and Immerse in the Lush Greenery of Parco Sempione
1. Castello Sforzesco
The medieval castle of Sforzesco is a 14th Century castle re-touched by renowned Rennaisance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci commisioned by the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza. You not only will witness some of the best masterpieces from Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and other 14th to 15th Century artists, there are also Ancient Egypt Museum and The Archaelogical Museum of Milan. Castello Sforzesco is also used as a venue for international art and fashion shows, one of the most popular one is Milan Fashion Week.
2. Arco della Pace
From the distance, Arco della Pace looks a lot like Arc de Triomphe monument. Although the purpose behind its construction is the same, Arco della Pace stands more as an 'Arch of Peace'. The monument is such a perfect addition for Parco Sempione as nothing more beautiful than a view of the arch blends with trees and blue sky in the background. It truly adds some peaceful feelings to the viewers. The marble arc was included as part of 'Foro Bonaparte', a modern version of Roman Forum in the city designed by Luigi Canonica.
3. Arena Civica
Looking for a perfect place to do some marathon? Then just head to the Arena Civica. The stadium was erected in 180 and designed by Luigi Canonica in Neo-Classical Style. The stadium has been a venue for many prominent sport competitions. You can enter the building and watch your favorite sport march! Even when there's no matches going on you still can come inside and enjoy some round of marathon sessions.
4. Acquario Civico
Acquario Civico is a small aquarium park located inside the Parco Sempione. It boasts more than 100 species of fishes and marine life in 36 tanks, including some rare and unique Mediterranian fishes. Visitors can also enjoy interactive video presentations offering knowledges about Italia's marine life in the most fun way possible. Acquario Civico is easily noticeable thanks to a large statue of Neptune, God of the Seas nearby the building.
5. Torre Branca
Enjoy the most picturesque bird eye's view of Parco Sempione and its surroundings skycrapers. You can even see the Milan's Cathedral in the distance, and mountain ranges only if the weather is sunny. Torre Branca Observation Tower is open until midnight, so it's a perfect place if you'd love to watch the glimmering city at night while spending romantic night with your loved one.
6. Palazzo dell'Arte
Another place perfect to enjoy some priceless artworks. Palazzo dell'Arte or 'Palace of the Arts ' was built to house the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts. Palazzo dell'Arte today also hosts Triennale Design Museum, one of the most renowned art museum in the world. You can see impressive artworks from contemporary arts, sculptures, and architecture arts, with displayed items are changed frequently.
How to Get Tickets?
Good news is, you don't have to pay not even a penny to enter Parco Sempione. You can also enter the Castello Sforzesco's courtyard for free. Although you'll have to pay separated admission fees to enter the buildings and view the existing artworks and museum inside.
How To Get Around?
Parco Sempione is a pleasant place to walk around and just enjoy some fresh air. You only need to walk from one attraction to another within the park.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear literally anything that suits your style and comfort while visiting Parco Sempione. You might want to bring along a warm jacket if you come at night to enjoy the city's view at night from Torre Branca.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Parco Sempione is on August, when the weather is warm and pleasant. Many Milanians come to the park during the month to enjoy some warm sunlights while laying down on fresh grass. It's also a perfect season to do some picnic with your family and friends.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, Parco Sempione is pretty much self-explored attraction. You will be fine without a guide.
How To Get There?
Parco Sempione is just few minutes away from Milan's Cathedral on foot. You can also reach the park by any public transportations available in Milan.
While Parco Sempione is quiet safe and pleasant to go to at night, avoid, or at least raise your awareness especially if you go to the northern side of the park. It is known as a spot where pickpockets are waiting for their prey. It's better to keep your precious belongings safely in your room bunker.