Parco Sempione was the second park to be built in Milan and it extends on a 386.000sqm area close to Castello Sforzesco with its museums, Arena Gianni Brera, Arco della Pace, Triennale di Milano and the Acquario Civico. Planned in 1890 by architect Alemagna, the park is named after the road that leads from the Cathedral, through the Arco della Pace and on to the Simplon pass.
Planned with an irregular layout, English style with a fence all the perimeter long, the park contains a great variety of trees that you can appreciate following botanical paths. Among the most famous majestic trees, you can see an elm on the belvedere opposite the statue of Napoleon III created by Francesco Barzaghi, and the horse chestnut near the bridge called Ponte delle Sirenette (Bridge of Mermaids) by Francesco Tettamanzi.
Inside Parco Sempione you can visit museums and buildings, such as Palazzo dell’Arte, the Torre Littoria created by Giò Ponti in 1932, the Park Library, the works “Storie della Terra” by Antonio Paradiso, “Musical accumulation” by Arman Pierre Fernandez and the “Mysterious baths” by Giorgio De Chirico. Location of famous events, such as the International Exposition in 1906 (the civic Aquarium by Sebastiano Locati is a evidence of this event), Parco Sempione offers lots of activities and events: you can run, go jogging, use the fitness circuit, cycle. There are 6 kiosks inside the park and Bar Bianco is the most famous with its cocktails in summertime.