The second-biggest city in Italy is known primarily as a restless business centre. However, it offers an impressive catalogue of attractive entertainment options, ranging from a number of exciting theme parks to regular sports events to quiet, private picnic sites in the city's beautiful gardens.
For a pleasant family afternoon, visit Milan’s Aquarium, which is one of the largest venues of its kind in Italy. Local and exotic fish and amphibian species fill its large pools, and the Aquarium also organises drawing competitions and other activities for children. An impressive library boasts a collection of rare sources on marine life. For an exciting day, be sure to stop by the Acquasplash Water Park, offering a variety of water rides with intriguing names like Black Hole, Kamikaze and Twister. The list of recommendable water parks also includes Aquatica, featuring special pools for babies, and Waterland, a kangaroo park where you can leave your children under the care of competent supervisors and lifeguards.
Milan is home to several unique amusement parks that won’t fail to make your stay in the city an unforgettable experience. Visit Parco Minitalia and step into a fantastic world of roller coaster rides, incredible shows and exhibitions and pleasant picnic spots. For a similar experience, you can also drop by Gardaland. Your children will love Ponte degli Alpini, a unique playground located in Parco del Lura and constructed entirely from wood. A bridge over an artificial lake leads to a beautiful pinewood forest. Just outside of the city, there’s also Adventure Golf, a mini-course for children featuring a small botanical garden.
For those who prefer quiet walks and direct contact with nature, Milan has many beautiful private and public parks. Some of them boast a long history of once being the property of Milanese nobility, and later made available to the general public. Located in the northeast part of the city, Giardini Pubblici is the perfect place to escape from the noise and commotion of the busy metropolis. Another garden, Giardino della Guastella, has been substantially remodelled since its construction, and today boasts two terraces and a large goldfish pond. It’s also home to a 17th-century chapel, a Synagogue and a Neo-Classical church. The area of Parco delle Basiliche used to be the site of public hangings. Milan’s botanical garden, Giardino Botanico Hrusk, is picturesquely located among artificial cliffs and streams, making for a great attraction at any time of the year. Over 8,000 exotic plants and flowers fill its lawns. In the northwest part of Milan, there’s Parco Sempione, a large park constructed in the English style, with a sulphur water fountain and a tower.