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A green escape in Milan
If the heat is kicking in and the sunny weather is the perfect excuse to go out, Milan has some really interesting options for your green escape in the city!
Whoever said that it is a grey and hectic city will be surprised. Join us in a green journey to discover the most fascinating urban oasis.
Let's start from Parco Aldo Aniasi (formerly Parco di Trenno), close to Campo Sportivo XXV Aprile: it's the perfect place for families who wish to enjoy some time with their kids since the park is well equipped with picnic areas and outdoor areas for children, like the Trenolandia playground.
If we move closer to the city centre, we can stop by Parco Montestella, known in Milan as the "Montagnetta de San Sir" (literally – the small mountain of San Sir) due to its position: it's located on an artificial hill which has been created by using the debris from the buildings that were bombed during WW2. Take a walk along the trees and you'll find yourself at the top of the hill where you can experience a romantic view over the city or you can as well reach the Giardino dei Gusti (the Garden of the Just), a memorial site dedicated to everyone who has sacrificed their lives in order to defend the human rights.
The main green area of attraction is Parco Sempione, one of the biggest parks of the central area, enriched by exclusive buildings and monuments, like the Torre Branca, designed by the Italian architect Giò Ponti, the Triennale, the 1906 Civic Aquarium of Milan, the Peace Arch and the Sforza Castle. The laziest ones come here just to lay on the grass and to sunbathe, while sport lovers can enjoy their run by following a special itinerary which starts at the beginning of via Byron. Perfect for kids who have their own playground, the park offers as well an interesting botanical path to discover the vegetable kingdom of the area. And when the sun goes down, enjoy a green aperitivo at the memorable Bar Bianco, in viale Enrico Ibsen, opened from breakfast until late at night.
Last but not the least, two hidden green corners in Milan that are worth to be mentioned. The Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli, accessible from Bastioni of Porta Venezia, via Manin, via Palestro and corso Venezia. The park, designed by Piermarini and dedicated to the famous Italian journalist Indro Montanelli, is the ultimate jogging place, house to the Civic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli, too. The Giardini of the Guastalla, on the other hand, is the typical example of an Italian park, where a Baroque fish pond can be found among centuries-old trees, as well as a neo-classic temple designed by Luigi Cagnola and a 17th century kiosk.