Active things to do in Milan
Think of sports in Milan and more often than not the first thing that comes to mind is AC Milan, but there’s more to the city than premier league football. From sailing on Lake Como and horse riding in the mountains to racing Ferraris and ice skating, there are plenty of ways to get active in this Italian city. Explore Milan’s sporty side with the help of our two-day itinerary.
Wake early and take a one and a half hour drive to Intelvi Valley.
Intelvi Valley is a mountainous province of Como, located between Lake Como and Lake Lugano. Its beautiful terrain makes it a popular place for horse riding enthusiasts, and riding centres such as Centro Ippico Il Bivacco and Agriturismo La Nevera take riders on trips through the beautiful valley via green pastures, rising mountains and picturesque villages.
Next, take a beautiful lakeside drive to Como, on the southernmost point of Lake Como.
Lake Como is one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, and home to many rich and famous personalities. Take a boat trip to discover the lake’s enduring appeal, with many companies offering tours – a popular route is from the base of Lake Como to the picturesque town of Bellagio and back again. It’s also possible to hire sailing yachts from the harbour in Como.
Then, take a 40-minute drive from Como to Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo.
Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo
Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo is a renowned flight school offering paragliding courses and tandem paragliding experiences. Flights leave from Monte Cornizzolo in Lecco and afford unbeatable views of the region, as well as an exhilarating experience that stays with fliers long after their feet touch back down on the ground.
To reach the next location, it’s a 35-minute drive back towards Milan.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
The home of Ferrari, it would be a shame to come to Italy and miss the opportunity to drive a supercar during a track driving experience at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Choose from a selection of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Formula 1 models for the ultimate speed adventure.
Then, walk across Monza Park to Golf Club Milano.
Golf Club Milano
Head to the prestigious Golf Club Milano for a game on this historic 27-hole course. Set within the confines of the ancient Monza Park, the club offers a stunning location and has hosted a number of national and international championships since the 1950s, including eight Italian Opens.
End the day with a 40-minute drive back to the hotel.
Start the day with a 10-minute drive to Bagni Misteriosi.
Formerly the famous Caimi swimming pool, the recently renovated Bagni Misteriosi has taken the historic 1930s hotspot and transformed it into a bathing centre like no other. The updated pool complex offers more than a swim, with theatrical productions, concerts and events such as fashion shows often showcased poolside. There are two pools, one of which transforms into an ice skating rink during the winter.
Then, take a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk to Darsena dock on the Naviglio Grande.
Naviglio Grande is one of Milan’s most beautiful canals. Visitors can take boat trips along the grand waterway – an excellent opportunity to fully explore the charming area. The canal is also lined with restaurants, cafés, bars, boutiques and colourful houses, which are well worth exploring afterwards.
To reach the next location on the itinerary, take a 20-minute drive to Piazza Tirana.
As football is the national sport of Italy, it’s only natural to add a match to the itinerary. Football City in Piazza Tirana is run by fans for fans and has seven synthetic football fields, changing rooms and a bar serving refreshments. The biggest and best pitches onsite are Wembley, Azteca and Maracana, a newly renovated pitch with high-tech artificial turf.
Next, take a 30-minute drive to Milan South Agricultural Park.
Milan South Agricultural Park
Milan South Agricultural Park (Parco Agricolo Sud Milano) on the outskirts of Milan is a huge protected space with strong agricultural value and architectural heritage. It’s full of wildlife-rich forests, natural waterways, farms and rural villages, which make for picturesque hiking and cycling locations.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.