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Acquatica Park
Acquatica Park
#Milan’s Water Park

Those who come to Milan with children during the hot season will be happy to change into bathing suits and go out, for at least one day of water and fun in Milan's exciting water park.

Aquatica Park offers the whole family a wet, cool and lively experience. There are huge water slides, tubing in a river and exciting pools. The scary kamikaze slide and the black hole are also big hits here.

Some of the more interesting parts of the park are the North Pole, a huge complex where towers and palaces are built in the sand, a rainforest where one skips over tree trunks that cruise the water and pools of water between the rocks in the wonderful Oasis.

The little ones have a fun area and the water-filled park also offers children's shows and a lot of gimmicks and special adventures.
Today we will do something memorable – have a great time!

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Civico Planetario Ulrico Hoepli
Civic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli
#The Largest Planetarium in Italy

The Civic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli (Civico Planetario Ulrico Hoepli) is the main planetarium of Milan and is considered the largest and most important planetarium in Italy. It offers a spectacular and educational tour of the galaxy around us. It has plenty of special activities for children and the whole family. The exhibits will take you towards the stars and will expose you to important information about the Earth, various astronomical phenomena and fascinating discoveries in space.

Here you can observe experiences that combine animation and colorful audiovisual performances, on space, the solar system, stars and celestial bodies. These colorful plays teach in a fascinating and easy way about space and its components, and the physical laws that operate in them.

Historically, the Planetarium was founded in 1930. It is situated in a beautiful neoclassical structure with about 300 seats. Today it has over 100,000 visitors every year.


It is worth checking out the various shows at the planetarium site (below).

It is recommended to book tickets in advance, especially if you plan to arrive on a weekend, when the place is full of visitors.

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Indro Montanelli Park
Indro Montanelli Public Gardens
#The Green Park at the End of Milan

Facing Porta Venezia is the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens (Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli), one of the two largest urban parks of the center of Milan.

The Indro Montanelli Park is a wonderful park full of trees, greenery and flowers, with wonderful lawns, lots of benches and a lake in the middle. It has many statues and has climbing facilities for children.

On Sundays, it operates electric carousel facilities, bumper cars, and the like. Space lovers are also invited to visit the Nature Museum and the Planetarium.

Indro Montanelli, after whom the park was named, was one of the greatest Italian commentators. He was a historian and humanist, a rightist who was one of the few right-wing Italians who tried to prevent Silvio Berlusconi's election as prime minister of the Italian Republic as the right-wing leader in the country. The man suffered many persecutions in his life and attempts at assassinations, which stemmed from his courage to write his opinions, against strong and threatening forces.

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Parco delle Basiliche
Basilicas Park
#The Well-Tended Park Between the Basilicas

The city-center Basilicas Park (Parco delle Basiliche) is a pleasant and well-kept park in the south-center of Milan. It is situated between the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Basilica of San Eustorgio.

This is where the water channel that brought water to the Old City arrived. Among the lush greenery of the large park are ecological fountains and there are 3 children's playgrounds, picnic tables and a dog park.

The residents of Milan are very fond of the park, thanks in part to its location, close to the city's entertainment and commercial areas.

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Attractions forChildren in Milan

Acquario Civico di Milano
Civic Aquarium of Milan
#The Civic Aquarium of Milan

The Civic Aquarium of Milan (Acquario Civico di Milano) is situated near the Sempione Park, it is an aquarium with a large variety of fish, tropical fish, amphibians, freshwater fish, sharks and marine life, such as various kinds of crabs and sea turtles. They were gathered from the depths of the sea near Italy, from all over the Mediterranean and from all over the world.

The aquarium is one of the largest in Italy. Dozens of large aquariums and ponds where different species of fish are displayed from different corners of the world. There are rare fish brought from seas far away, like the Red Sea. A transparent tunnel allows visitors to see all the fish and sea creatures on all sides and it simulates walking deep in the sea.

A special experience to see in the aquarium in Milan is how they feed the various animals and to receive guidance and explanations about the lives of the various water creatures.

The Milan Aquarium opened in 1906, in honor of the World Fair that took place in the city. This makes it the third oldest aquarium in Europe and one of the oldest in the world.


Entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month, and on Tuesdays from 2 pm.

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Idroscalo Park
Lake Idroscalo
#The "Sea of ​​Milan"

In the east of Milan, you will find The Idroscalo Park (Lago Idroscalo), an 8-square-kilometer park surrounded by an artificial reservoir of spring water.

The park was inaugurated in 1930, and to this day it is considered one of the city's most charming corners. Italian residents and tourists flock here in their spare time, especially in summer, when you can bath in the open pools and the fun children's pools.

The place is called the "Sea of ​​Milan," that is thanks to the beautiful lake at the center of the park. You can sail in pedal boats and kayaks on the lake. The park around the lake is green and fun and on the northeast side of the lake there is a bunch of cafes, bars, fish and grill restaurants and delicious pizzerias.

Besides the lake, there are many ​​sports and exercise options. From bicycle and walking paths, soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, beach volleyball and also climbing walls and a skatepark.

There are also open areas for picnics, relaxing areas and amusement areas. For those interested, there is a park for children with disabilities and paid activities, such as trampolines and art and craft workshops.

Want to explore the park? - Rent bikes or rollerblades and go wander around the park.

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Orto Botanico di Brera
Orto Botanico di Brera
#The Botanical Garden in Milan

The Brera Botanical Garden in Milan (Orto Botanico di Brera), contains hundreds of plant species that together create impressive and beautiful botanical wealth. It is operated by the University of Milan and is open to the public free of charge most of the year.

Milan's botanical garden, with an area of ​​5,000 square meters, was built in 1774 when Milan was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Empress Maria Theresa was very fond of botanical gardens and hence the garden was founded. The founder was Fulgenzio Vitman and the flower design of the period was attributed to Giuseppe Piermarini.

The garden offers a variety of rectangular flower beds, enclosed by a brick fence, with spectacular flowers of every shade and color. Spend some time in the large greenhouse, which is used by the Academy of Fine Arts and the ancient Iris and Waterpipe pool, which was created in the 18th century.

The Botanical Garden is currently operated by the University of Milan. Over the years, many medicinal herbs have been planted in it, which have grown and are now used by the medical and pharmacological departments of the university. The garden and its ancient architecture were restored in 1998 after being neglected for many years. Over the years, the observatory has also been established here.


Admission is free most of the year.

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Parco Sempione
Sempione Park
#The Big Green Park Behind the Sforza Castle

Tired of running all around the city? Do you want to stop the shopping spree, museums and amazing corners? - Take a break for a short rest and enjoy one of the charming parks offered by this city.

Sempione Park (Parco Sempione) is a magnificent and romantic park, the largest urban park in Milan. It is one of the most famous and popular parks in the city, a large, green park just behind the Sforza Castle.

Sampione serves as the city's green lung, a blooming area in the heart of the city's urban landscape. This is a great place where you can walk around year-round. The park covers a wide area northwest of Duomo. You will find many couples lying on the big lawns among the trees and the water fountains scattered around it.

The Sempione Park is designed as a neo-classical garden with many fascinating elements. Among them, you will see Arco Della Pace, the Roman-style sports amphitheater, the lake with the surrounding ducks and bridges and its beautiful tower.


During the summer you can enjoy cheerful festivals held in the park and watch various shows in the park, often free of charge.

A quick picnic? - Buy wine with a pizza or tramezzino, the triangle sandwich sold here, come and stretch out on the grass and take your time to relax...
The park is next to the castle, around the Palazzo dell'Arte (Municipal Art Museum) and next to the aquarium, making it a resting point in the passage between them.

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Museo dei Bambini
Children's Museum
#The Children's Museum in Milan

The Museo dei Bambini (MUBA) is located in the center of Milan.
In this museum, children can play different games. The museum is a fascinating cultural center for them, and it combines a variety of activities with exhibitions for children.

The rooms in the museum were designed to encourage and stimulate creative thinking among the children. There are many creative stimuli, including silhouettes, wooden bricks and creative construction parts, as well as walls on which the children can draw, and other intriguing items for both adults and children.

The museum also has a very large collection of toys. You will also see antique toys and games, along with mechanical toys, porcelain dolls, electric trains, dollhouses and more. All these come from different periods, from the 16th century to the middle of the 20th century.


The museum is for children aged 3-12.

The museum also houses a children's theater with weekly performances in English.

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Comics Museum
#The Milan Comics Museum

The Comics Museum of Milan, also known as “WOW”, or WOW Spazio Fumetto, is a place that comics lovers should not miss. In this modest Comics Museum, you will find a great display of comic culture. There are historical exhibits from the history of comics, alongside popular comic books.

As is required in such museums, there is a shop to purchase comic books, books about comics and a variety of merchandise from the world of the great comic heroes. This is not a big museum or an amazing one, but still – it is a nice place for comics lovers visiting the city.

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Europark Idroscalo
#Milan’s Amusement Park

Europark Idroscalo Milan, located next to the famous lake, is an amusement park that for many of Milan’s visitors with children is one of the biggest highlights of the holidays here.

Here, you will enjoy all the children's favorite activities. Mountain rides, trampolines, colorful carousels, darts, a Ferris wheel and bumper cars, attractions such as the angry bull and the scary mazes, arcade machines, sophisticated computer games, and so on.

At Europark Idroscalo you will also find quite a few performances and street artists, as well as a food fair and colorful souvenir shops, but first of all – go have fun!

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#The Museum of Cultured Civilizations of Milan

The MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures of Milan, is the city's cultural museum. There are permanent and changing exhibitions of diverse cultures from the past and the present, from all over Europe and the world.

MUDEC stands for "Museo delle Culture". With more than 7,000 exhibits from around the world, the museum’s goal is to bring the Italian public closer to the cultures of the foreigners living in Italy and to the different cultures of Milan.
The museum's permanent collection was born from an ethnographic collection of objects previously collected by Italian missionaries and travelers from around the world. Its goal is to be an anthropological center for the presentations of living cultures, and today it also holds many exhibits from present cultures from all over the world.

Located 3 kilometers southwest of the city center and the Duomo, the museum is housed in a huge and impressive building in its modernist design. The museum's modern and unique architecture is a worthy and intriguing place to visit for an enthusiast of cultures and anthropology.

#The Museum's Architecture

The MUDEC was built on the ruins of a factory where iron locomotives were used for trains. At one point the municipality of Milan bought it and asked for proposals from architects to turn the building into a museum. The winner was the British architect David Chipperfield, who was tasked with designing the industrial building and designing it for use as a museum.

The result is beautiful and incredibly modern. Chipperfield was able to create a flowing and contemporary structure, light and prominent, but clean enough to allow and respect the exhibits and items shown here.

A staircase leads the visitors up to the amorphous entrance hall rising from the street level, which is clearly shapeless. This flowing, soft nature is enhanced by the bright light that enters through the sealed glass from which it is made.

Visitors enter from the bright entrance to dark exhibition halls, reminiscent of private exhibition rooms from the past. In such dark rooms the rich Europeans used to boast and impress their guests with rare and expensive objects brought from afar. This is how the modern museum corresponds to the aristocratic past and the pre-museum exhibition, and it is still fascinating to present exhibits from the cultures of the present era, as well as from ancient cultures in the past.

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Milan Natural History Museum
#The Milan Natural History Museum

The Milan Natural History Museum (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale), is an interesting museum for the whole family, one of the most important natural history museums in Europe and the largest museum of its kind in Italy.

Within the museum's 23 halls are many exhibits depicting the history of evolution and nature on Earth, zoology and the history of mankind. There are reviews, accompanied by interesting explanations, about the lives of mammals and other species, rocks, minerals, fossils and more.
Many shelves display a huge collection of fossils, various minerals and rare natural materials.

Zoology and the animal world also have a wonderful expression here. It begins with prehistory, a whole hall displays models and skeletons of dinosaurs. In other halls, there are a variety of stuffed animals, including some of the extinct species. There are also skulls and skeletons of different animals, while the highlight of this wing is undoubtedly a giant whale skeleton, 5 meters long.

After visiting the museum, you are welcome to stroll through the green park around it, Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli. The park has wonderful lawns and many statues are scattered around it. It also has climbing facilities for children, and on Sundays, they also have an electric carousel, bumper cars and more of the kind. Space lovers are also welcome to visit the planetarium.


Entrance is free on the first Sunday of every month and Tuesdays from 2 pm.

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Sforzesco Castle
#The Castle in the Heart of Milan and the Old Art Museums

Sforzesco Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a huge medieval castle. This is an Italian noble house where dukes and rulers of the city nobility lived in the past.

The magnificent fortress of our time is a 100-year-old reconstruction of the great Renaissance fortress built around 1450 by Francesco Sforza. The Sforza family was one of the prominent aristocratic families living in Renaissance Milan. The castle is named after the family, The Sforzesco Castle.

Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci himself was involved in the design of the building. Some claim that the painter and sculptor Michelangelo was one of the contributors to the design of the magnificent structure of the castle.

In any event, the rulers of the area and the city of Milan once lived in the fortress. Over the 500 years of its existence, it served faithfully the many rulers here, starting with the founders of Sforza, with each generations leaving their mark in turn. Its enormous splendor, over time, became a showcase of these nobles, to demonstrate power and prestige.

One of the most famous tenants who lived in the castle was Ludovico Sforza, who was the patron of the famous Leonardo da Vinci. This wealthy nobleman, together with his wife Beatrice, had assembled a rich and magnificent variety of pieces of art and expensive and impeccable furniture in the castle.

And so, in addition to the impressive medieval castle, there are now varied and wonderful museums. There are 12 different museums here, which show collections of art based on the works collected here from the previous centuries and were the basis for the huge collection currently displayed in the castle. These are the works of the greatest artists in Italy, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

After exploring the majestic citadel and seeing the treasures of the museums, you can go out and breathe fresh air in the inner courtyards of the castle. Wander around the magnificent gardens around it, or head out to the big park surrounding the fort. Some of the stylish and well-kept gardens around it are not just grand gardens, but real botanical gardens, with a huge variety of plants and flowers from all around the world.
What you can see here in the huge fortress are some of the most important museums in Italy. Among them are the Prehistory Museum, the Museum of Ancient and Medieval Art, the Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of Historical Instruments. Other museums in the castle are the Museum of Pure Art and the Museum of Egyptian Art.

These museums and others expose visitors, among others, to pieces of art made by some of the greatest artists in the history of art, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Do not miss Pieta Rondanini, Michelangelo's last masterpiece.

Among other things, you can see frescoes, ancient frescoes, stunning works of art and Renaissance paintings and the Scuola Grande, which is in Pinacoteca. Pay attention to the works of Michelangelo, one of the greatest Renaissance artists.

Along with art, there is also an impressive collection of antique items, including furniture, carpets, weapons of war, musical instruments and even Egyptian art.

In the 38 museum halls, you can see one of Italy's most impressive collections of medieval and Renaissance art.


Entrance is free of charge to the castle and gardens. Admission is free for museums, every first Sunday of every month and on Tuesdays from 2 pm. On the other days, the entrance to the museum costs about 5 euros, with a 50% discount for students and pensioners. After visiting the castle, you can slip away from the bustle of the city in Parco Sempione, a wonderful green lung, close to here that will allow you to relax after the abundance of museums.

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San Siro Stadium
#The Stadium of Inter and Milan

For many sports fans around the world, Milan is one of the best sports centers in the world. San Siro Stadium is not only the huge and famous stadium where the well-known soccer team of Milan, Inter play, but a real holy shrine. This soccer stadium can accommodate 85,000 people.

A tour of the stadium and the San Siro Museum (Stadio San Siro) is a great experience for soccer and world sports fans. There is a half-day tour with a bus that takes you from the center of Milan straight to the locker rooms, the press room and you will be wandering around the bleachers and the field itself.
From there, you will go behind the scenes of the stadium to visit the prestigious club Casa Milan, the headquarters of the soccer team, AC Milan.

Later, you will enjoy a light meal at the local restaurant and more.

So, a visit with soccer fans where sporting events take place in Europe and around the world, with club members and players passing by, is a real must for soccer lovers.

#The Stadium of Milan Museum – Casa Milan Museum

Welcome to Casa Milan, the only museum in Italy located on the grounds of an active stadium. Here are the headquarters of the AC Milan soccer team.

If you have children or adults who are fans of European soccer teams, they will definitely enjoy it here. Those who simply want to absorb the atmosphere of Italian soccer will also enjoy a few hours.

No soccer fan would want to give up on getting to know this club. AC Milan was founded in 1899 and since then, although the group has experienced ups and downs, losses and victories, failures and successes it has always been considered one of the most admired and popular groups in Italy and throughout Europe. With the exception of Real Madrid, there is no team that has gone past Milan in 2018 in the number of championships in the European Cup for the Champions.

Here, you can visit an advanced and innovative museum, where the exhibits are historic and impressive. A visit to the Museum of Inter and Milan soccer clubs will let you see the shelves of victory trophies. These are the many trophies that two great clubs have won.

The museum also offers a gift shop that is a paradise for soccer fans and fans of Italian soccer. Here is the place to buy an authentic team soccer ball, to upgrade your soccer experience. At the stadium's restaurant, there is Italian food that is almost homey and is very tasty.

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Volandia Flight Museum
#The City's Flight Museum

The Volandia Flight Museum is not in Milan but outside the city, close to Malpensa Airport, Milan.

Do not expect greatness here. This is not a huge airplane museum, like those in London or Washington. The Milan Flight Museum is a more modest museum, which tells stories of famous flights, the history of aviation pioneers and displays relatively few planes.

You will see here mostly models of airplanes rather than big airplanes. Try the flight simulators, watch aviation films, and experience experiences that are reserved mainly for hard-core enthusiasts.

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#The Museum with the World of Leonardo da Vinci

The Leonardo 3 Museum is an interactive museum displaying “The Leonardo World” exposition, which deals with one of the greatest minds in the history of mankind.

This is a fascinating museum, one of Milan's best attractions that cannot be missed, and is great for a few hours with the children and the family. There are dozens of machines models and machines designed by Leonardo. Among them you can find a submarine, a rainbow rifle, a parachute, a mechanical dragonfly and many more.

The museum is a great place to see the groundbreaking ideas of the curious and creative inventor, the restless Renaissance man, who was the best example of the Renaissance, wide-ranging and multidisciplinary.

Apart from engineering and scientific inventions, you can also get an idea of ​​the artistic genius of Leonardo, as a painter. This begins with a digital copy of the famous painting "The Last Supper" and the analysis of the famous painting "Lady with an Ermine".

The museum is located in the heart of Milan, next to the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, between the Duomo and the La Scala Theater. Alongside the permanent exhibition, there is a variety of temporary exhibitions from other places.


Do not confuse this museum with the Science and Technology Museum, which is named after Leonardo da Vinci and also deals with scientific and technological topics in general. These are two different museums located in different parts of the city.

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Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci
#The Museum of Science and Technology of Milan

Founded in 1953, the Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci (Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Tecnica) is a museum named after the Renaissance genius, scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci. It is housed in a 16th-century monastery.

At the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, you will see exhibits reviewing the development of science. This is an interesting review of scientific development throughout the ages. Along with science, one can learn from the technological representations that demonstrate the discoveries and developments in the world of technology and how they have contributed and changed the course of history.

The attraction here and a particularly interesting thing is the building dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. This section presents fascinating models based on drawings made by the genius. This is a great place for science enthusiasts and children who discover the world of the classic Renaissance man – both artist and inventor, both researcher and scientist and also a man of medicine.

With the help of the most innovative technology in the world, children and youth can learn here how the genius mind worked.

#What is There to See Here?

The Science and Technology Museum contains seven different areas, each offering educational displays for children and interactive activities. There are quite a few models and interactive devices that children who experience them learn various scientific principles.

It might be hard to believe, but the museum has more than 16,000 scientific and technological exhibits. These are displayed in various sections of the museum.

Among the departments of the rich and large museum are the Departments of Transport and Energy, the Space Department, a department dedicated to the work of Leonardo da Vinci and more. There are many models that were built according to the plans and drawings of the genius inventor and according to experiments he conducted in various fields, such as energy and communications.

Quite a bit of the museum is dedicated to the history and development of science and technology in Italy. There is an emphasis here on the innovations that various Italian inventors have contributed to the world, in a variety of inventions such as the radio, the submarine and the helicopter.

In the New Frontiers Department, you can see Enrico Toti's submarine, as well as a rock brought back from the moon, and the Italian passenger ship SS Conte Biancamano.

#About Leonardo de Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was perhaps the greatest artist and inventor of all time. This is a man who dealt in a variety of fields and in all of them he excelled in brilliance. There has not been a man in human history who has so wondrously explored, created, discovered and planned like Leonardo da Vinci. He believed that art, science, and nature were closely linked.

That is also how he managed his time. In his life, Leonardo worked in various fields and emerged as a painter, sculptor, scientist, engineer, mathematician, anatomist, inventor, architect and also an outstanding musician. Many see Leonardo as a classic Renaissance man, dealing with a variety of areas, and not only one.

As an inventor, he invented and came up with innumerable inventions, most of them, revolutionary to his time and ahead of their time by hundreds of years. These include inventions such as a bicycle, helicopter, submarine, parachute, tank, flying machine, water skiing equipment, diving suit, mechanical knight, a drum that plays alone and many more.

At the same time, many see Leonardo as one of the greatest painters in art history. He painted barely 20 paintings but left a remarkable legacy in the history of painting and the most famous paintings in history. The most prominent of these is, of course, the Mona Lisa, the most important and famous painting in the world, which is located in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The "Last Supper," Leonardo's painting on the wall of the dining room of a convent in Milan, was also considered one of the most important artistic pearls of the Renaissance.

By the way, Leonardo da Vinci’s last name was not an ordinary surname, but a link to the city where he grew up: Leonardo from the city of Vinci.


For a long visit in the museum bring food and drinks with you. There is no cafeteria.

The museum hosts activities and workshops for children, in English as well. They are held on Tuesdays – Fridays from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.

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