Milan’s treasures: Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione
Milan is Italy’s fashion and design capital city, and also the financial and economical center of the country. Visitors from all over the world come to visit the many events related to the contemporary talents of the city. While around Milan, you should not forget, however, to visit some of its older treasures! Along our Segway Milan Tour we’ll visit all the most important spots of the city! One of my favourite is Castello Sforzesco and the surrounding Parco Sempione.
Despite his reputation, Milan is not the most colorful of the Italian cities. After Piazza Duomo and Brera district, you might feel that the rest is all white, gray and sober colors. This is exactly when, going out from the metro at Cairoli, you’ll find one of the many surprises this city has to offer. Behind a gushing of the fountain, you will see the tower of Castello Sforzesco.
Castello Sforzesco was built in the 5th century by Francesco Sforza on the remainings of a fortification of a century before built by the Visconti family. Francesco Sforza, originally from Tuscany, became the first Duke of Milan, and the castle became the home to the Sforzas, the family who ruled over Milan for almost a century. They turned the castle in a magnificent ducal palace. Used as a military complex during the many years of foreign occupation, it was then restored at the end of the 19th century by architect Luca Beltrami.
All around the Castello Sforzesco, there is Parco Sempione, which was completed between 1890 and 1893. The park covers an overall area of over 47 hectares, with green lawns and artificial lakes. This vast green area is also home to hundreds of animals and plants.
In this park, it is not only possible to spend a quiet afternoon laying on the grass, but also visit some of the city’s most important attractions:
- La Triennale: Milan’s contemporary art gallery
- Acquario Civico Milano: built in occasion of the Expo of 1906, it has 36 tanks with over 100 different species.
- Arena Civica: an amphitheatre inaugurated in 1806 by Napoleon, which still hosts today concerts and various competitions
- Arco della Pace: a triumphal arch which constructions started in 1807 to commemorate Napoleon’s victories, and completed in 1838 when Milan was under the Austrian Empire.
So, if you have a spare afternoon in Milan, during a shopping break, you know where to go to find some relax, art, history! Let us guide you through the other Milan’s best spots along with our Segway Milan Tour.