The largest park inthe city can be seen from above by climbing the Branca Tower, or enjoyed atground level with a relaxing picnic.
The picturesque gardens and numerous cultural monuments of Milan’s116-acre (47-hectare) city park attract locals and tourists looking to escapethe busy city streets. Sempione Park lies near Milan’s historic center and isone of the largest green areas in the city. Enjoy the garden’s sprawling grassyareas, its shady trees and the large pond at its center. The 19th-century Archof Peace can be seen from across the park, while the Torre Branca (BrancaTower) offers panoramic views across the city.
Bring a picnic and spend the day at Sempione Park. Followthe winding paths that lead through the park and you’ll discover the shady,hidden areas that Milan’s locals have come to love. In summer, huge treesprovide a welcome escape from the Italian heat. Walk the bridge that crossesthe center of the park as you move toward the monuments that make Sempione Parksuch a popular attraction.
Climb Torre Branca, the 354-foot (108-meter) tower withinthe park. From the viewing platform at 318 feet (97 meters) you’ll have one ofthe best views across Milan. Look across the park to the historic center to seethe Duomo rising above the city.
Back on the ground you’ll find the Arch of Peace, animportant historical monument that predates the park itself. Built in 1807, thearch is one of the gates of the city, built on the site of ancient Roman walls.Continue through the park to reach the Arena Civica. This arena was opened byNapoleon in the early 19th century and today hosts soccer, rugby and other athleticevents.
Sempione Park is located near the historic center of Milan,but can be reached easily by metro or tram. Visitors arriving by car will findplenty of parking in the area for a small fee. The park is open daily and thereis no fee for admission.