- Insider tip no. 15: weekly open air markets in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 9: Milan bike tour rentals and bike sharing
- BikeMI – try out Milan’s city bikes for both grown-ups and kids
- Insider tip no. 2: good apps for your trip to Milan.
- Go on day trips from Milan.
- Insider tip no. 14: brunch in Milan.
- Quick guide: hotels, apartments and other places to stay in Milan.
- Take a cooking course in Milan with the Italians.
- Milan in one day – the best shopping route with a shot of culture (Brera)
- Flea Markets in Milan: Go hunting among Italian knickknacks and antiques.
- Insider tip no. 5: aperitivo in Milan.
- Good restaurants in Milan,
- Appsolutelymilano’s Instagram hashtags.
- Milan with children
- Insider tip no. 8: 360° view over Milan.
- Milan by night,
- Public transport – from the airport and round in Milan.
- Art and museums in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 3: cheap coffee, ice coffee and hot chocolate in Milan.
- ATMosfera – dinner on the tram.
- Insider tip no. 12: classic sightseeing in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 4: open WiFi Milano and public chargers for your smart devices.
- Gallery tickets for La Scala and a visit to Casa Verdi.
- New York Times: Milan is the city to visit in 2015 (and still is).
- Insider tip no. 1: beauty in Milan.
- When in Milan drink locally, DOCG wines from Lombardy.
- Shopping guide: the 6 areas in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 10: outlets near Milan.
- Buisness services in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 6: Christmas markets 2017, the L’Artigiano in Fiera fair and other Christmas events in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 7: New Year’s 2017 in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 11: do you need to get cooled down?
- Insider tip no. 13: Ferragosto (August 15th) 2017 in Milan.
If you’re with your children in Milan then buy 3 day’s access to the civic museums for just €12 an adult (under-18s don’t pay). You can get it online or, easier, at the ticket sale at the first museum you visit. There are lunch ideas mentioned after every museum.
Rent a different bike for the kids at the park.
In the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli (find on map) and Parco Sempione (find on map)you can rent the beautiful originale 3-wheel take bike Alternative Byki from 1959,it costs €5 for 20 minutes.
Museo nazionale scienza e tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.
The Leonardo Da Vinci museum is a must for children from age 6 and up. There is enough entertainment to last you several hours on a rainy day.
The most diversely talented person ever to have lived is painter, inventor etc. Leonardo da Vinci, and Italy’s national technical museum, located in Milan, is also his official museum. It combines the chance to actually try out some of his inventions with the more traditional exhibitions.
Ideas for lunch. Eat some pizza or foccacia on the square in front of the musum, Buy it here:
Panificio Sant’Ambrogio, 3, Via San Vittore (find on map)
Ristoro Monterosso, 11, Via San Vittore (find on map)
Museo di Storia naturale – Dinosaurs and other monsters
Museo di Storia Naturale is yet a perfect place for children from age 6 if they like dinosaur skeletons and everything to do with wild beasts. Unfortunately the homepage for the museum is only in Italian and rather dry but the museum itself is excellent.
It’s located in a great park with a wooden jungle gym and a really cozy outdoor café, BAR BIANCO where you can get coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt, soft drinks and lunch. The park also houses a genuine old-fashioned merry-go-round, a little train and bumper cars for very young kids.
Milan Cathedral (Duomo)
The city cathedral is very impressive on the outside and rather gloomy on the inside. You should spend your time visiting the roof which has an extraordinary view of the whole city and when the weather is clear you can see the Alps in the background. Either take the elevator up or get a fun experience walking all the way up the crooked old stone staircase
The city’s impressive medieval castle Castello Sforzesco where you can choose to just walk right through the beautiful courtyards to the Sempione park, which contains playgrounds and ample lawns where you can have your sandwiches, you can eat at Bar Bianco (find on map) or try the incredibly vast choice of sandwiches at the kiosk on Piazza Castello left of the fountain when coming from Piazza Cairoli.
On the other side of the park you find the entrance to the design museum Triennale di Milano.
But you could also visit the inside of the castle, where there are various art museums, displaying historical weapons, paintings, musical instruments and furniture. Especially the weapons tend to appeal to kids.
It’s really kind of awesome and cheap entertainment at €1,50 for adults (it’s a regular ticket for public transport and children under 11 don’t pay when accompanied by an adult, every adult with a valid ticket can bring 2 children under 11). Milan has old, very elegant trams that were built between 1928 and 1932. Remember to purchase the ticket before you get on the tram. You can get them at newsstands (edicole) and some bars.
If you are up to it, you can now get bikesharing bikes for kids at the weekend. Read about the new BikeMi Junior here.
If you are here between the months of June and September there are public swimmingpools in Milan. Read more here.
Check also our post on classic sightseeing here. Milan offers canal tours and double-deckers.
Should it get too hot to wander the streets of Milan you can spend a day in of the city’s outdoor swimming pools. Know that enter the water if you’re wearing a swim cap (and obviously swim suit) but you can buy one for a relatively modest price at the entrance. If you haven’t brought a swim suit at e.g. Calzedonia,Yamamay, H&M which you can find everywhernin the city. Admissions fees are around €7-10. The outdoor swimming pools are open from the beginning of June till the end of August.
All the outdoor swimming pools on the list closed on August 27th with the exception of Caimi (Bagni Misteriosi) which will remain open till September 17th.
Here are the most central ones:
Ferragosto is a very important holiday in Italy, shops are closed and it can be difficult to find a table at a restaurant unless you book because, although it is true that most Italians tradtionally go away on vacation in August, more and more people choose other periods and today Milan is no longer completely empty. Ferragosto is a religious holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. According to Italians it is also the hottest day of the year and is celebrated with lots of good food and wine. Below is a list of things taking place on and around August 15th.
Milan’s newest street food area Allo Scalo at 2, Via Valenza 2 (find on map) is open all evening on the 15th from 5 pm, they’ve got good food and activities for children.
August 15th 9.30 pm there is classical Italian ballroom dancing for everyone with a live 10-man orchestra and dance floor. Come and join the fun in Piazza Castello (find on map).
August 15th from 3-11 pm live music and activities for kids in Piazza Cannone between Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione (find on map).
August 15th from 9 pm there is a free Ferragosto Reggae Summer Party at Carroponte (find on map).
August 15th 10 am-8pm Ferragosto at the Bagni Misteriosi (the outdoor swimmingpool in 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map)) with live music by Barabba Gulasch and free watermelon at 6.30 pm – the price is €18 for the entire day and €12 for the afternoon (after 2 pm).
All the city’s other outdoor swimming pools are open on August 15th, read more about them here.
You can visit all the city’s civic museums free of charge on August 15th. Find out where they are here.
August 15th at 8.30 Milan’s Sympnonic Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi performs a concert of Argentinian music in the Milan auditorium in Largo Gustav Mahler (find on map), get tickets to the concert “Una Noche en Buenos Aires” here.
August 15th 3 pm-3 am and August 16th 7 pm-3 am Beer Festival at Circolo Magnolia at 14, Via Circonvallazione Idroscalo (find on map).
Book a table at Milan’s restaurants well in advance of August 15th because everybody wants to eat out on that day. Check out our recommendations here.