We suggest you take a stroll around to explore the whole Parco Sempione seeking out some fascinating places: one of them, the Ponte delle Sirenette, is the corner dedicated to lovers.
In the heart of the park, tucked between the trees, nestles a small cast-iron bridge connecting the two sides of a small lake, it was transported here when the Milano Navigli were interred in 1930. This bridge was originally located on the stretch of the cerchia dei Navigli near the San Damiano road, (today via Visconti di Modrone) where it enabled easier access to the towpath.
At its inauguration in 1842 the bridge caused a public uproar, because it was the first metal bridge to be built in ‘ghisa’ cast iron in Italy by Rubini, Scalini, Falk e C. from Dongo, but also because the sculptor Tettamanzi had placed figures of four daring damsels with mermaid tails at the two sides of the bridge parapet.
The Milanese immediately nicknamed the damsels the ‘Ghisini sisters’, after the material they were made from.
It’s a superb backdrop for lovers who exchange kisses under the eyes of the mermaids!