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A family-friendly guide to Milan

June 22, 2022

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As the second largest city in Italy, Milan offers an array of fun things to do as a family. Let us help you explore just some of the endless opportunities that await you in this vibrant destination.

Discover the Duomo’s rooftop

A trip to Milan isn’t complete without a visit to the spectacular Duomo. This breathtaking landmark is sure to leave a lasting impression and offers a stunning backdrop for family photos. After taking in the exterior sights from the ground – there are 135 gargoyles in and around the cathedral, which will keep young kids busy trying to locate them all – head inside and take the lift to the spire-laden roof, where you can see Milan in all of its glory. They say the views outside are spectacular but nothing feels more magical than seeing the city from above above. A wonderful treat for all of the family.

Adorable Little Girl On The Rooftop Of Duomo Milan Italy
Children museum Milano

Visit Milan’s children museum

The MUBA, Museo dei Bambini Milano, is the perfect day out for kids of all ages. Discover a fascinating array of activities on offer, from workshops to interactive exhibitions. For adults wanting to stay occupied while the kids are off enjoying all the fun the museum has to offer, head to the picturesque gardens and food hall for some much-needed respite.

See San Siro Stadium

For football lovers, a trip to the San Siro, also known as the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, is an absolute must. Home to AC Milan and Inter Milan, football fans can see the sights from the perspective of their favourite sporting heroes. The atmosphere of the stadium will captivate your attention as you embark on an exclusive stadium tour, access the ‘backstage’ area and learn about the history surrounding Italy’s best football teams. If you time your visit right, you could also book tickets to see a live match.

San Siro stadium Milano
Science & Technology museum Milano

Adventures at the science museum

Young scientists and explorers are in for a treat with a visit to Milan’s National Museum for Science and Technology. Here you’ll find exhibitions ranging from air and water transport, rooms dedicated to physics and energy, and telecommunications to a Leonardo da Vinci gallery. You can even climb aboard the Enrico Toti, the first submarine built in Italy, to experience how sailors used to live. Whatever your child’s interest, this museum is likely to spark enthusiasm to make it a memorable day out.

Explore the parks and gardens

If you fancy some time away from sightseeing, head to one of the many green spaces Milan has to offer. Lush green gardens and picturesque views await at Indro Montanelli gardens, located in the Porta Venezia region. There you’ll find child-friendly playgrounds, picturesque ponds with ducks and turtles, as well as plenty of room to run freely. Alternatively, head to Parco Sempione, a 95-acre park reminiscent of New York’s Central Park, where you can find impressive architecture such as the beautiful Arch of Peace and the medieval Sforza Castle. No matter which park you head to it’s a great idea to pack a picnic for the entire family to enjoy.

Aerial view of Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione
Navigli Canal Milano

Cruise along the Naviglio Grande

Spend a day with the family walking along the Naviglio Grande surrounded by scenic views and explore one of Milan’s popular neighbourhoods. Grab a light lunch at one of the many canalside restaurants or opt for a relaxing cruise along the 31-mile waterway on Milan’s only Venetian gondola. However, nothing beats watching the sunset over the Naviglio Grande where you can capture the last rays of the evening sun, as it lends its warm golden glow to everything around it.

For more ideas on Milan’s many delights, take a look at our Milan city guide and local food guide.

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