Today, the Arena Civica is one of the few remaining pieces of architecture still bearing witness to the ambitious scale of the plans laid out by Napoleon, who wanted to include an official gallery for his public appearances. A loggia was thus designed, featuring monumental classical forms and facing out onto the amphitheatre. It was contained within a building characterised by simple, compact lines, with a colonnaded, Neoclassical facade overlooking the park. Internally, the hall of honour (salone d’onore) is embellished by marble and crystal, and plays host to a continuous frieze that evokes the triumphal processions depicted in the bas-reliefs of Imperial Rome, painted in the style of the Neoclassical painter Andrea Appiani, from whom the Palazzina takes its name. What space could be more captivating for M.I.C.E. and private events than the official gallery built to host Napoleon’s family. Facing out over the arena of the amphitheatre designed by Luigi Canonica in 1807 on the model of ancient Roman circuses, the Palazzina Appiani was intended as a stage on which the family of the French emperor could appear at public events. Its location within the centrally located Sempione Park makes it a prestigious venue for all types of events: receptions, presentations, meetings, civil partnership ceremonies, gala dinners and parties. From the “hall of honour” (Sala d’onore) to the imperial box facing out over the arena and the colonnades that overlook the park, there are numerous spaces that can be used for your events.
Moreover, by choosing a FAI property as a venue for your events, you are contributing to the conservation and protection of Italy's heritage.