terça-feira, 12 de fevereiro de 2013

Parco Sempione

Fotos de Parco Sempione, Milão

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Parco Sempione (Sempione Park) is another jewel in the crown of Milan’s parks, and its location between some of the most popular sights in this city, namely Porta Sempione and the Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle), makes it one of the most-visited parks in Milan. The 47-hectare green area in the almost perfect centre of the city is a perfect place to rest with its wonderful greenery, winding alleys and a pond with a romantic bridge running over it. Visitors also find Sempione Park attractive for its leisure activities, including a playground for younger visitors, the city library, the Art Theatre and many other hotspots. Sempione Park has been the arena for many big events for Milan or the whole of Italy, because of its central position and the company of so many historical constructions. On the park’s premises, one can also find a sports playground, the Napoleone Arena, the Torre del Parco (Tower of the Park), the Aquarium of Milan as well as a sulfur water fountain and many sculptures.

Parco Sempione was built on part of what were originally the gardens and the huge 300-hectare hunting reserve of the Duke, adjacent to his castle. Sforza Castle, named after its architect Francesco Sforza, dates back to the 14th Century, being one of the last examples of Napoleonic art, as it was modernised by the Napoleones. The idea of creating a public park on the spot came by the end of the 19th Century, when the living conditions of the locals became severely and negatively influenced by the rapid growth of Milan. As a result, the task to plan the future park was commisioned to architect Emilio Alemagna, whose vision was to create a vista from the castle to the Arch of Peace that lies on Sempione Square, just opposite from the castle. Using the undulating effect of the ground, Alemagna designed a green space in the English gardening tradition, with uneven flower beds, vast lawns, scattered trees and even an artificial pond. 

Sempione Park and its major attractions soon became a favourite place for relaxation for many of Milan’s inhabitants. To further strengthen the park’s significance for the city, a range of international art exhibitions took place there at the beginning of the 20th Century. Remnants from those exhibitions and valuable additions to the park are the Palace of the Arts by Giovanni Muzio and the former Triennale Pavilion, nowadays housing a library created by Longhi and Parisi. Being a large, green space, Parco Sempione was involved in agriculture projects during World War II, but was brought back to its previous glamorous state during the postwar period. As a result, the citizens of Milan enjoy the wonderful conditions of this renowned park, rich in both historical and natural elements. 

Sitting on the fresh grass reading a book, strolling along the serpentine alleys, cycling or jogging – all of these leisure activities can make one forget their business in the surrounding city for a while. Visitors who aren’t particularly fond of losing touch with civilisation can also find something for themselves, by going to the Aquarium, taking a look at the 1932 Lictor Tower (today Tower of the Park) or at the monument of Napoleon III. Also, the Castello Sforzesco and Arch of Peace are sights not to be missed when visiting Milan. And, last but not least, there comes the proof that Parco Sempione is a modern facility, when one discovers that there’s a wireless Internet connection throughout the area.