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Green EscapeMilan, Italy

Think of Milan and you might think of fashion, art, Leonardo da Vinci and world-class museums. But despite being Italy’s second most populated city with a bustling centre, it also has some equally beautiful green spaces to escape to.

Parci Sempione is one of the biggest, covering around 38.6 hectares (95 acres). Located in the historic centre, this is where you’ll see two of Milan’s prized landmarks, the Arch of Peace and Sforza Castle. Also worth checking out here is the Civic Aquarium of Milan. Once you’ve had a wander, stretch your legs on running trails through the trees or chill out on the grass in the sun, before finishing up with an aperitivo at Bar Bianco.

At Parco Montestella, the Italians have turned what was once a mound of debris left over from bombed buildings in WWII into an artificial hill, dubbed “little mountain” by the locals, offering great views over the city.

If jogging is your thing, the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli is the ultimate place to lace up your sneakers. It’s also home to the Civic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli. For a taste of traditional Italian park life, head to Giardini of the Guastalla where you’ll find a Baroque fish pond and neo-classic temple hiding amongst centuries-old trees. Families will love the Parco Aldo Aniasi with its extensive playgrounds and picnic areas.

Whatever your thing, Milan has a green escape with your name on it.


get there

Fly to Milan and wander at leisure.

Exploring the parks is free though some attractions within them will attract a small fee.

Wander where you feel.

This tip was provided by the Italian National Tourist Board, but we’re sharing it with you because we think it’s great.

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