Parco Sempione

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Parco Sempione
A decorated stone arch seen from a distance through a vista with lawns and trees on the side. A metal fence is in the foregound
View through the park to Peace Arch from Piazza del Cannone, 2016
Parco Sempione is located in Milan
Parco Sempione
Type Public
Location Zone 1, Milan, Italy
Coordinates 45°28′24.25″N 9°10′31.55″E / 45.4734028°N 9.1754306°E / 45.4734028; 9.1754306Coordinates: 45°28′24.25″N 9°10′31.55″E / 45.4734028°N 9.1754306°E / 45.4734028; 9.1754306
Area 38.6 hectares (95 acres)
Created 1888
Operated by Comune di Milano
Open Opens 6:30 a.m. year round; closes 9 p.m. October–April, 9:30 p.m. in May and 10 p.m. June–September

Parco Sempione ("Simplon Park") is a large city park in Milan, Italy. Established in 1888, it has an overall area of 38.6 hectares (95 acres), and it is located in the historic centre of the city, inside the Zone 1 administrative division.

The park is adjacent to the gardens of the Sforza Castle and to the Arch of Peace, two of the main landmarks of Milan. The very design of the park, due to architect Emilio Alemagna, was conceived with the intent of creating panoramic views encompassing both monuments. A third prominent monument of Parco Sempione is the Palazzo dell'Arte ("Palace of Art"), built in 1933 and designed by Giovanni Muzio, which currently houses the Triennale di Milano art expo.

In the park are Arena Civica, the public aquarium, and the Torre Branca tower. The X Triennial Pavilion (1954) has been converted into a public library.

Toponymy[edit]

It owes its name to Corso Sempione, a major thoroughfare of Milan, dating back to the Napoleonic Empire.

Sculptures[edit]

The park hosts permanent sculptures by Arman, Francesco Barzaghi, Giorgio de Chirico and Antonio Paradiso. Teatro Continuo (1973), a prominent sculpture by Alberto Burri, was dismantled in 1989. It was restored and repositioned in its original location on the occasion of Expo 2015.

Communications[edit]

The whole area of the park is covered by a free wireless network.[1]

View of the park with the Arch of Peace in the background.

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