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A Love Letter to Milan’s Parco Sempione

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bentley chapter.

Upon stepping into Parco Sempione, one can’t help but be overcome by the weight of its deep history and importance. It is a monument to the Italians, a symbol of peace and unity. It utterly juxtaposes the classic chaos of Milan’s Piazza Duomo, where pulsating music fills designer stores and tourists buzz around from dusk until dawn.

The park is, in itself, its own kind of cathedral. Dark, thick tree trunks for columns, birds humming sweet melodies for angels, metal chairs pressed into concrete for pews. The tip of the Castello Sforzeco reigns like a cross over the park. Across the way, the Arco della Pace stands firmly like a soldier guarding the district. Within a sea of greenery, the gentle breeze and the soft hum of water sing peaceful melodies in harmony. It is where old friends reunite, couples embrace, little children frolick, and locals enjoy slow conversations. Indeed, the park seems to freeze time, yet also transcend it.

An excerpt from a recent writing exercise for my Storytelling class.

My name is Mia Ichimura and I'm from Greater Boston. I'm a fourth-year student at Bentley University majoring in Corporate Communications with a minor in Marketing. Following my graduation, I plan to pursue a career in public relations. In my free time, I enjoy reading, photography, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. I joined Her Campus because I love writing and wanted an outlet to share my ideas and experiences. My favorite topics to write about are productivity and wellness!