Milan is a busy, modern city that - when you’re really yearning for Italian medieval hilltop towns - can feel a little hard to love. At those times, it’s important to do as the Milanese do and escape the city (even for just a little while) in one of the big green spaces. One of the most popular is Parco Sempione in central Milan.

Parco Sempione covers 116 acres in the city center, just behind the Castello Sforzesco. It was laid out in the late 1800s, and received a major facelift in 1996. The grounds include gravel paths for walking or jogging, a triumphal arch at the far end of the park, a lake, and even a small arena used for concerts and some sporting events. There’s also a tower in the park - the Torre Branca - built in 1933 and offering views over the entire city.

Museums inside the Parco Sempione include the fantastic contemporary art and design museum called the Triennale and the city’s small aquarium. On sunny weekends, you’ll find much of the city is relaxing in the park - and there’s no reason you shouldn’t follow suit.

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Milan Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Coast your way through Italy's economic hub and fashion capital on a guided Segway Tour through the streets of Milan.

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.66

Milan Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Discover the delights of Milan by bike on a morning, afternoon or evening tour! Following an expert guide, you’ll cycle at a gentle pace around the captivating ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $33.46

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