Things to do with teenagers in Milan
Seldom the easiest to please, entertaining teenagers on holiday can be a challenge. However, families travelling to Milan need not worry. Whether they’re looking to feast on pizza, go on a shopping spree, or simply explore, Milan is a city with an urban buzz and an infectious, energetic spirit. From an Italian cookery class to the best places to shop, there’s plenty to occupy restless teens in this city with this two-day itinerary.
Start the day with a cookery class at Cook in Milano, 15 minutes away from the hotel by taxi.
Cook in Milano
Where better to learn to cook perfect pizza or pasta than in the country famed for their creation? An ideal activity for teenagers and keen instagrammers to do solo, or something for the whole family to enjoy together, there are plenty of classes to enjoy at the Cook in Milano cooking school. Classes must be booked online.
Then, take a taxi for the 15-minute journey to San Siro Stadium.
San Siro Stadium Tour
Milan is a city that lives for football and whilst its two home teams – F.C. Inter and A.C. Milan – may share a stadium, their rivalry is one of the fiercest in Europe. Lovers of football won’t want to miss a visit to the stadium, San Siro, to explore the on-site museum and take a tour of the facility, which includes access to dressing rooms and the Tunnel of Champions.
From the stadium, the da Vinci Museum is a 15-minute taxi ride away.
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci”
Formerly a monastery and now Italy’s largest science and technology museum, the da Vinci Museum houses a 16,000-piece strong collection of objects and artefacts ranging from the artistic to the scientific, including an entire department dedicated to science for young people. The museum’s collection of da Vinci’s models is a particular highlight.
Next, make your way to Luini Milano, 20 minutes away by taxi or a 25-minute walk.
For an authentic taste of Italy, stop by Luini Milano for a panzerotti. Found mere steps from the Duomo, this eatery is a local favourite that has largely remained off the tourist map. While the panzerotti they serve here is simple – freshly fried and folded dough parcels encasing mozzarella and tomato sauce, or a choice of seasonal fillings – it’s incredibly popular, so be prepared for a queue.
Then, take a 20-minute taxi ride or 25-minute walk to Corso Como.
Garibaldi and Corso Como
Once the gateway to old Milan, Corso Como – a pedestrianized street in the Garibaldi district – has, in recent years, gained a reputation as the go-to neighbourhood for nightlife and café culture. Teeming with bars, restaurants and nightclubs, this is where old and new Milan collide and the youthful, stylish crowd brings a renewed energy to the old cobbled streets.
The hotel is then a 10-minute walk from Corso Como or a five-minute drive.
The first stop of the day is Via dei Chiostri, where the morning Segway tour of the city with Italy Segway Tours departs, just 15 minutes’ walk or 10 minutes by taxi from the hotel.
Milan Segway Tour
Infinitely more fun than walking, a Segway tour of Milan is sure to appeal to teenagers tired of pounding the pavements. A novel way to see the city, and surprisingly easy to handle, each trip is led by friendly, knowledgeable guides from Italy Segway Tours, keen to show visitors the best of Milan.
Back on Via dei Chiostri, take a 20-minute taxi ride to Il Salvagente.
One for seasoned shoppers and bargain hunters, a rifle through the rails of this outlet store is well worth the effort, with plenty of high quality items available at discount prices. Shoppers who venture past the somewhat underwhelming exterior will be rewarded with a vast array of fashions for men and women from designers like Diesel, Marni and Kenzo.
Then, the WOW Spazio Fumetto museum is 15 minutes away on foot, or five minutes by taxi from Il Salvagente.
WOW Spazio Fumetto
A museum dedicated to comics, illustration and animation, WOW Spazio Fumetto is an intriguing cultural alternative for fans of art and the comic book world. With an eye-catching and colourful exterior, a range of exhibitions, interactive workshops and an on-site library with over 9,000 comics, books and magazines available to peruse, this place always proves popular with teenagers.
A 20-minute taxi ride will then bring you to Idroscalo Milano.
One of the best ways to escape the heat of the city? Try a trip to Idroscalo Milano. This giant manmade lake offers a whole host of cooling, adrenaline-fueled aquatic activities including water skiing, kayaking and sailing, as well as a pair of outdoor swimming pools. The surrounding parkland also offers cycling trails.
Then, take a 25-minute taxi ride from Idroscalo Milano to La Taverna Pizzeria for dinner.
La Taverna Pizzeria
Pizza is generally acknowledged as one of the top foods of choice for teenagers all over the world, but there are few cities that do it quite like Milan. Although available on almost every street corner, for the perfect pizza, head to the famed La Taverna Pizzeria, loved by visitors and locals alike.
The hotel is then a 10-minute taxi ride from La Taverna Pizzeria.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.