Парко Семпионе Walking along the pedestrian via Dante, the imposing embattled shape of the Sforzesco Castle becomes visible. The Castle was built at the edge of what was the city of Milano in the 14th century by the Visconti family (at the time Signori – rulers, of Milano) and was subsequently inherited by the Sforza family. It was thoroughly refurbished in the 19th century, when the Castle became the linchpin of the city’s expansion during the neo-classical period. The key constituents of this transformation were Foro Bonaparte (a semi-circular curtain of buildings which crowns the Castle) and the Sempione park (“Parco Sempione”, originating from Piazza d’Armi).Passing the large fountain in front of the main entrance of the Castle and crossing its majestic courtyard (therefore walking towards nord-west) it is possible to reach the Sempione park. It is the largest park within Milano: worked out on paper and with a regular shape, it represents a haven of peace with water ponds, walkways and large patches of grass where on a sunny Sunday people meet to play soccer or percussion instruments.On the west side of the park lie the impressive 20th century Palazzo della Triennale (Palace of the Three-Yearly Art Exhibition), which houses the Design Museum and the Branca Tower designed by architect Giò Ponti. North-west of the park, the Napoleonic Arc of Peace (“Arco della Pace”) points towards Paris. All around it are several chic bars, always crowded on a “movida” night. Along the north side of the park is the beautiful Civic Arena (“Arena Civica”), built by the Napoleonic administration during the neo-classical period.Close to the Arena, via Piero della Francesca offers several shops, artisan workshops and cheap cafés and restaurants. East of the Arena is the Milanese Chinatown, which develops around via Paolo Sarpi and offers typical shops, old cafés and traditional “pizzeria”. Not far from here is the Monumental Cemetery (“Cimitero Monumentale”), quite a touristic destination due to its countless and precious sculptures and funarary architecture celebrating the glory of important Milanese families from the industrial borgeoise.