A perfect haven in the midst of a bustling metropolis, Parco Sempione offers much more than tranquility. Here is a guide on the unmissable 5 attractions within the Park not to miss.


Parco Sempione or more commonly known as Sempione Park is the largest green space in the city of Milan. It is located at the rear of Sforzesca Castle, in the northwest of the city. Covering an area of about 95 acres (38 hectares), it is a perfect haven to relax, to walk, jog, to bike ride or just about anything you wish, to fly away the time.

The shaded area, sculptures and ornate fountains are especially inviting. Flora and fauna abound here as is the tranquillity in some areas where it is not crowded. This peaceful haven is popular amongst tourists as well as Milanese who seek respite from their hectic city life.

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Parco Sempione Milan over the years

First established in 1888, the park was used as a hunting ground by the Sforza family, the Dukes of Milan. Then it was landscaped when Napolean came, with a few orchards. In 1891, a large park was constructed for the public.

Today, Parco Sempione has a number of attractions on site which should not be missed when you are visiting this peaceful and tranquil haven. There are 5 attractions here: The Sforza Castle, Arch of Peace, an aquarium, a sporting arena, and Torre Branca, one of the tallest towers in Milan.


Here are the 5 things to do in Parco Sempione when you visit:

Sforza Castle in Parco Sempione

Sforza Castle is a landmark in Milan. An impressive red brick fortress which was initially built in the 14th century by the Visconti family. The Castle was almost destroyed during the Golden Ambrosian Republic. It underwent massive improvements and reconstruction later in the 15th century and became one of the largest palaces in Europe when the Sforza family became the Dukes of Milan.

Today, Sforza Castle is home to several museums that houses valuable art and masterpieces. Notably, Michelangelo’s unfinished last work, the Rondanini Pietà and Sala delle Asse, frescoes by Da Vinci.

Address: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy | Hours: Tue – Sun 09:00 – 17:30

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Sforza Castle Milan

Read: Guide to Sforza Castle and Museums Milan

Arco della Pace, Milan

The Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace) is a symbol of Milan and marks one of the historic gates. This was the strategic route taken by Napoleon when he invaded Northern Italy. This triumphal monument, is a beautiful structure made of marble and was completed in 1838. Standing at 23 metres and topped with horse-drawn chariots. is a landmark not to miss when visiting Milan.

Address: Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano MI, Italy

Arco della Pace in Parco Sempione Milan
The Arch of Peace Milan

Read: Arco della Pace A Guide for Visitors to Milan

Arena Civica, Sempione Park Milan

Arena Civica is one of Milan’s most popular sporting venues. The official name is Arena Gianni Brera, named after the famous Italian writer and journalist.

Designed by Luigi Canonica, the Arena Civica was Napolean’s mini-colosseum which he opened with a chariot race in 1807. This Neoclassical stadium hosts major sporting events such as soccer, rugby games and concerts. The Arena is open daily to the public.

Address: Viale Giorgio Byron, 2, 20154 Milano MI, Italy

Branca Tower in Parco Sempione Milan
view from the Branca Tower, Sempione Park Milan

Acquario Civico in Parco Sempione

The Acquario Civico di Milano (Civic Aquarium of Milan) is tucked away in a convenient corner of Parco Sempione. Opened in 1906, it is beautiful, but a rather small aquarium. Home to over one-hundred species of fish, it tells a story of the mountain streams to seabeds. The are video presentations on the rare species.

The Acquario Civico is open to the public every day except Monday. Entrance is free.

Address: Viale Gadio, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Torre Branca Milan

Torre Branca is no ordinary tower!. It is narrow and made completely of steel. At 108.6 metres, Torre Branca is one of Milan’s tallest buildings. The Tower was designed by Gio Ponti and erected in just two-and-half months in time for the 5th Triennale exhibition in 1933.

Branca Tower in Parco Sempione Milan
Torre Branca Milan

Take the elevator to the top, step out to see the incredible views over the City of Milan, the skyscrapers both old and new as well as the snow-capped mountains in the distance.


Branca Tower in Parco Sempione Milan

A visit to Branca Tower is recommended when visiting Parco Sempione. There are 3 ways how you can experience the Branca Tower:

1 | Enjoy a glass of aperitif after exploring the beautiful park at the Branca Tower while you enjoy views over the beautiful city of Milan. Guided tour. Check availability for your chosen day>

2 | If you wish to explore the park independently, purchase your entrance ticket online. Prices start from just € 6 (May 2023). Book your experience>

Torre Branca Milan: What you need to know if you are visiting

Opening times varies:

On mid April-mid October: 

Tues and Thurs 9.30pm-midnight

Wed 10.30am-12.30pm/4pm-6.30pm/9.30pm-midnight

Fri 2.30pm-6pm/9.30pm-midnight

Sat and Sun 10.30am-12.30am/2.30pm-7.30pm/9.30pm-midnight. 

On mid October-mid April: 

Wed 10.30am-12.30am/4pm-6.30pm

Sat 10.30am-1pm/3pm-6.30pm/8.30-midnight

Sun 10.30am-2pm/2.30pm-7pm.

NB: The Torre Branca is closed for visits during bad weather.

Address: Torre Branca
Parco Sempione, viale Milton
M1-M2 Cadorna FN


Map of Parco Sempione

To support your visit to the Park, below is a map of Parco Sempione in Milan with markers for the 5 attractions I have listed in this post. With this map, you can easily identify its location as you amble through the park.

Plan ahead

When visiting Milan, consider joining a couple of city guided tours to enhance your experiences. There are hundreds of unmissable activities in Milan for all ages and interests. Plan ahead and secure your ticket/s especially if you are planning on visiting “The Last Supper” at the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Pre-book your tickets and stay flexible with easy cancellation up to 24 hours before. Save time, avoid queues and purchase skip the line tickets for major attractions.

Here are some of our popular tours in Milan if you would like to take a look:


If you’d like to make the most of your time in Milan, read some of my articles about Milan so you can decide what best fits your itinerary. Milan offers so many wonderful things to do, but these articles focus on the best activities and attractions, giving you plenty of information and tips to plan your visits. Take a look.


If you have more time, visit the stunning Italian Lakes region

Here’s my guide to places to visit in Lake Garda:

… my guide to Lake Como

… and

Don’t forget to read and visit Verona, a city that drips in old time romance, situated just a little over an hour’s journey by train from Milan. Go here to my Verona travel page to read all the articles on this medieval city.

… finally

Parco Sempione offers a delightful combination of history, natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Whether you’re interested in exploring historical landmarks, enjoying the park’s peaceful ambience, or engaging in outdoor activities, Parco Sempione is a must visit destination in Milan.

Have a splendid time exploring Parco Sempione.

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Parco Sempione Milan and 5 Must See Attractions was first published at and is regularly updated. The last update was on May 11, 2023.