Arch commemorates 1815 Vienna peace congress.
Milan’s Arco della Pace, commemorating the peace accord between European nations in 1815, will be opened to the public for free guided visits on Friday 3 November from 18.00 to 21.00.
The tour will include a visit to the interior rooms, not normally open to the public.
Standing on Piazza Sempione in the city centre, construction of the arch was originally started in the spring of 1807 to commemorate the French victory in the battle of Jena. But work stopped at the fall of the Napoleonic kingdom of Italy in 1814, and the project seemed abandoned.
The arch was completed – and re-dedicated – only in 1826 under the Austrian dominion of Milan.
It boasts some exceptional artwork in both marble and bronze.
The last entry to the guided tour will be at 20.00. No booking is required. There will be another opportunity to visit the arch on 10 November.