Experiences your kids will love 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.img_6916

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.

 

2015-07-19 16.35.55It’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

You can go get lunch at either Luini (find on map) or Mama Burger (find on map) – both good cheap lunch places.


Castello Sforzesco

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) 2015-06-05 21.06.32or 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.

Take a trip on the tram.IMG_7257

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.

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360° degree view over Milan

If you want a fun experience and a view of Milan that takes your breath away (don’t worry you won’t have to walk all the way up there is an elevator) then you have to go up in the Torre Branca.

Right next to the museum Triennale di Milano is the 108 m tall Torre Branca which was designed by architect Gio Ponti in 1933. From its top you have a  360° panorama over the whole city. If there are strong winds or the weather is bad they are closed. It costs € 5,00 per person.

You could combine your vist with a visit to the Triennale museum and maybe even have lunch at the museum’s restaurant Terrazza Triennale. Or you could take a walk through the park and visit the Castello Sforzesco.

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Refreshing outdoor swimming pools in the sweltering heat

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.

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The Bagni Misteriosi Outdoor Swimming Pool

Here are the most central ones:

Argelati, 6, Via Segantini (find on map)
Bagni Misteriosi, 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map)
Romano,20, Via Ampére (find on map)

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Ferragosto (August 15th) 2018 in Milan

Ferragosto is a very important holiday in Italy but shops are no longer required to close on this day though so most big stores in the center are open. 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.

Castello Sforzesco

August 15th from 7 pm Circus Nuova Berberia Carloni and DJ set with disco music from the 70s and 80s at Castello Sforzesco (find on map).

August 15th 3-11-30 pm DJ sets and live music by the Calypso orchestra on Piazza Cannone (find on map) behind the castle.

August 15th from 9.30 pm there is a free Ferragosto Balkan Boogie Party at Carroponte (find on map).

August 15th 10 am-11 pm Ferragosto at the Bagni Misteriosi (the outdoor swimmingpool in 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map) with music at 6.30 pm by the percussionists Sambou Diawara and Ibrahim Bakayoko ( djembe) and a slice of watermelon for everybody. The price for the whole day is €18 and for only the afternoon/evening €12.

All the city’s other outdoor swimming pools are open on August 15th, read more about them here.

You can visit almost all museums and all the city’s civic museums free of charge on August 15th. Find out where they are here.

On August 13th, 14th and 15th in the Navigli area of Milan (find on map) you can go on the canal boat trips but you must book your seat by August 12th 5 p.m. (read more here).

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.

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Begin with classic sightseeing to get to know Milan

A classic sightseeing tour on your first day here can actually be a really good way to get a feeling of the city and of which things are in the same area. Here we have a list of the best tours Milan has to offer.

IMG_7910Hop-on Hop-off tours.

With the double-deckers you can buy tickets for either 24 or 48 holurs (repspectively €22 and €25) with departure from Piazza Castello (find on map)

In Milan you can also do your sightseeing from a tram, TraMilano, a charming and different way to vist the tourist attractions. This costs €15 and departs from Milan’s central station (find on map) near the Zara shop, check the link above for more precise details.

If you have the MilanoCard you get a 15% discount on tickets. There is also an app for the Hop-on Hop-Off service, find the link to download it here.

Segway tours.

See Milan from a segway in small groups with 8 participants, choose between the day trip of 3 hours. or the night trip of 2.5 hours. Both trips are €75 and start on the ´corner of Via dei Chiostri and Via Ancona (find on map) there is a 30 minute orientation before the trip begins.

IMG_8932Tours on the canals (April-September).

You can go on a boat trip round the Milanese navigli and see the city from a different perspective. You can book tickets in advance here: Call Center +39029094242 every day 10 am-6 pm or by email Monday-Friday info@navigareinlombardia.it

The evening tour of the canals costs €10 and is 40 minutes long with departures at  9 pm – 9.50 pm -10.40 pm. You must purchase the tickets at the point of departure but you can book here:,Call Center +39029094242 every day bewtween 10 am and 6 pm or with an email to info@navigareinlombardia.it

If you’d like an aperitivo while sailing through the navigli the the Happy Boat tour is what you’re looking for,it’s on every Friday and Saturday at 7.30 p.m. and costs €22 cocktail and buffet included in the price. You can book tickets here: Autostradale Viaggi – Milano 2, Passaggio Duomo (find on map)  1, P.zza Castello (find on map).
Tel. +390230089900
email – info@autostrdaleviaggi.it

Rickshaw tours with VELOLEO

IMG_9014An untraditional and green way  to visit the city is by rickshaw or bike taxi, they organize both shopping- and city trips and prices €25-45 for 1/2 and 1 hour respectively. The trips start from both Piazza Castello, Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Babila. You can also book online and personalize your trip  here.

Also check out the guided tours on bicycle here.

The Duomo roof.

The view from the roof of Duomo is breathtaking especially on clear days, were you can see the Alps from up there.It’s a really good idea to reserve tickets in advance so you can skip the line. Book here

If you’re in Milan for 72 hours or less, you should consider getting a MilanoCard. Read more here.

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Go ice skating in Milan

November 15th-February 17th 2019 Sunday-Friday 10 am-midnight Saturday 10 am-1am Ice skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map).Although all the festivities are oficially over several of the ice skating rinks in Milan remain open well into February, So if that’s your kind of thing here is the list.

December 2nd-January 27th there will be a floating skating rink at the Swimming pool Bagni Misteriosi at 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map).On week days it will be open 4.30-7.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays) and at weekends and on holidays 10.30 am-7.30 pm. Admission is €3.50 and you can rent both skates and helmets at €10 an hour.

November 15th-February 17th Sunday-Friday 10 am-midnight Saturday 10 am-1 am Ice skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map).

The dates below this line haven’t been updated yet.

December 2nd-January 21st 10 am-midnight (open until 2 am at weekends) there is an ice skating rink and merry-go-round in Piazza Beccaria (find on map).

December 1st-January 31st ice skating rink in Largo Beltami (find on map) right in front of Castello Sforzesco.

December 1st-January 28th 4-9.30 pm on weekdays and 11 am-9.30 pm at weekends ice skating rink in Piazza Città di Lombardia (find on map).

Christmas markets 2018 in Milan

In December Milan is rich on Christmas markets and the grand Artisan Fair and if you want to get some different Christmas presents you should definitely visit them. December 7th and 8th are religious holidays in Milan but all shops are open.

Artigiano in Fiera – Artisanal Fair

December 1st-9th from 10 am-10 pm we have the huge Fair for artisans from all over Italy and the world, it is held at the Fair in Rho (find on map) and takes place from. Here you can buy beautiful handmade Christmas gifts and taste culinary specialties from Italy and the rest of the world. Be prepared for crowds and if you possibly can go during the week not at weekends. You are going to need more than one trip if you want to see everything.

Fiera degli Obej Obej

December 6th-9th 10 am.-8 pm in Piazza Castello (find on map) there is the traditional market Fiera degli Obej Obej which dates all he way back to 1288 and is always held on the days around December 7th where the Milanese celebrate their patron saint Sant’Ambrogio – the day before the national holiday for the Immaculate Conception. The atmosphere is wonderful and there are lots of local specialties to taste like vin brulè (mulled wine) and chestnuts.The name Obej Obej originates according to tradition from the exclamations of the Milanese children  “Obej, Obej” (dialect for oh belli,oh belli which means “How pretty!”) when they saw the gifts  Pope Pio IV’s emissary brought to the city of Milan in 1510.

Il Villaggio delle Meraviglie

December 1st-January 6th “Il villaggio delle meraviglie” in the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli (find on map) for the youngest, there are rides, meetings with Santa (starting December 6th) and an Ice skating rink, where you can rent skates. Open every day from 10 am-8 pm.

Milan’s Christmas tree

December 6th-January 6th the traditional Milanese Christmas tree can be admired in Piazza Duomo (find on map) this year. The tree will be lit on December 6th 6-9pm.

Christmas market in Piazza Duomo

November 25th–January 10th Christmas market on Piazza Duomo (find on map) with crafts and gastronomic specialties from all over Italy. The market is open every day from 9 a.m.-9 p.m..

Wunder Mrkt

December 8th-9th 11 am-9 pm Wunder MRKT  Christmas edition at Fabbrica Orobia 15, 15, Via Orobia (find on map) a Christmas market in the name of eccentricity,  the perfect place for those who are looking for beautiful and original gifts.

December 2nd 10.30 am-8.30 pm Wunder Mrkt at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €3.50 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,

PopCorn Garage Market

December 15th-16th 10.30 am-8.30 pm PopCorn Garage Market at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €3.50 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,

Green Christmas

December 15th-16th (10 am-7 pm) Green Christmas eco Christmas market with jewellery,clothes amd things for your home at Fonderia Napoleonica di Milano at 21, Via Thaon de Revl (find on map).

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December 1st-2nd 10 am-8 pm at Torneria Tortona at 32, Via Tortona (find on map) – 2 days of handcrafted clothes, jewellery, home decor and much more, just the place to find Christmas gifts for friends and family.

Flug Market

December 2nd-3rd 10.30 am-8.30 pm Flug Market at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map) – you can still get that one present you haven’t found yet at this last minute market.

December 8th-9th 10.30 am-9 pm Flug market at BASE Milano at 34, Via Bergogne (find on map).

Frida Market

December 1st-2nd 11 am-7 pm Let’s vintage at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map),

December 15th noon-10 pm -December 16th 10 am-9 pm – Frida Market at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map),

Christmas Concerts

December 22nd  8 pm and 23rd 3 pm there is Christmas Concert at Teatro alla Scala program and tickets here.

December 20th 7.30 p.m. free Christmas concert in Milan’s cathedral Duomo di Milano (find on map) with music by Bettarini, Cherubini and Schubert amongst others. The doors open at 7 and we advise you to come well ahead of that time as the church is going to fill up quickly.

Christmas at Bagni Misteriosi

December 2nd-January 27th there will be a floating skating rink at the Swimming pool Bagni Misteriosi at 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map).On week days it will be open 4.30-7.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays) and at weekends and on holidays 10.30 am-7.30 pm. Admission is €3.50 and you can rent both skates and helmets at €10 an hour.

Ice Skating Rinks

November 15th-February 17th 2019 Sunday-Friday 10 am-midnight Saturday 10 am-1am Ice skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map).

Events above this line have been updated for 2018.

Free visit to Milan’s municipal Palace and painting

December 5th-January 14th 9.30 am-8 pm (last admission is at 7.30 pm) there is a free exhibit of Tiziano’s painting La Sacra Conversazione from 1520 at Palazzo Marino on Piazza Scala (find on map) as Milan municipality’s gift to all the city’s resodents and guests.

PopCorn Garage Market

December 16th 10 am-6pm PopCorn Garage Market Christmas edition at Giardino delle Culture in Via Morosini (find on map).

Rainbow Christmas Market

December 16th 10 am-9 pm Rainbow Christmas Market in the area around Via Lecco (find on map).

Salumeria del Design

December 23rd 5.30-11 pm Panettone is on the table – Christmas party with the traditional Milanese Christmas cake at Salumeria del Design at 18, Via Stazio (find on map).

Musical Advent Calendar in Piazza Duomo

December 1st-24th there will once again be a musical advent calendar; every day during the period at 6 p.m. a window wil open in the Palazzo dei Portici Meriodinali (situated on your right when you face the cathedral) on Piazza Duomo (find on map) and a piece of  jazz music will be played live.

Le Pulci Pettinate Christmas Edition

December 17th 10 am-7 pm Le Pulci Pettinate Christmas Edition (the combed fleas) in Via Stazio (find on map).

East Market

December 3rd 10 a.m.9 p.m. East Market Xmas Editon in 84, Via Mecenate (find on map). Milan’s best flea market..

December 17th 10 a.m.-9 p.m. East Market XMAS EDITION in 84, Via Mecenate (find on map). Lots of bargain with the motto Buy, Sell, Swap.

Darsena Christmas Market

December 7h-January 8th Monday-Friday 3-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Darsena Christmas Village (find on map) this is not a market but a big Theme Park with a Christmas tree on the water. Throughout the period there will be markets, cultural events, fireworks, light shows and many other events.

 

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Gae Aulenti Christmas Village

December 1st-January 7th 10 am-10 pm Gae Aulenti Xmas Village with, among other things, food, work shops for kids, music, rides, stalls with handmade Christmas gifts and a skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map).

 

 

 

Ice Skating Rinks

December 2nd-January 21st 10 am-midnight (open until 2 am on holidays) there is an ice skating rink and Christmas village in Piazza Beccaria (find on map).

December 1st-January 31st ice skating rink in Largo Beltami (find on map) right in front of Castello Sforzesco.

December 1st-January 28th 4-9.30 pm on weekdays and 11 am-9.30 pm on holidays ice skating rink in Piazza Città di Lombardia (find on map).

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