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The Best Places to Enjoy Milan in Spring

Springtime at the DuomoMilan is a fast-paced city with a decidedly more urban feel than its southern counterparts of Rome or Florence, so you might be surprised to find just how many parks and gardens the city has to offer! If you’re visiting Milan in Spring, be sure to take time to stop and smell the roses (literally!) in one of the city’s many free, public parks and gardens.

Here’s where to find some of the best green spots in the heart of Milan:

Giardini Pubblici

Milan’s public gardens, this lovely park has a small lake, a planetarium and the Museum of Natural History. Across from the park is the Giardini della Villa Reale filled with swings and slides and a small pond it’s perfect for children! So perfect in fact that it’s reserved just for them – only those accompanying children ages 12 and under are allowed in!

Orticola Ai Giardini Pubblici – May 9, 10, 11 only

IMG_1283This ever-growing flower exhibition and market is held for one weekend every May in the Giardini Pubblici. Organized by the Associazione Orticola di Lombardia, an Italian institution that encourages public interest in gardens and plants, this year’s theme is the “Italian Rose Garden” with the goal to rediscover the great tradition of Italian roses.

May 9, 10 and 11
Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli
Red Metro Line: Palestro
Tickets cost 8 euro, children 16 years and under free.
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Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione. Photo by Dzhingarova (flickr)Right in the center of the city, Parco Sempione is perfect after a day of sightseeing or as a mid-day pause. The park attracts all kinds of people, which can make it feel a bit seedy as the sun sets, but its central location makes it very convenient! Take a walk through the park’s small center to see the great walls of the Castello Sforzesco, the Arco della Pace or just to people watch (and don’t miss our article on the must-see sights in Parco Sempione!)

Giardino della Guastella

Created as a private garden in 1555, this is Milan’s oldest park. This large park is perfect for a long walk (there’s roughly 12, 000 square meters to cover!) but it’s most notable for its large Baroque style goldfish pond. With architecture, a formal layout and a 17th century shrine, Giardino della Guastella will give you a clear idea of an Italian-style garden.

Botanical Gardens of Brera

Though most go for the Pinacoteca, Brera is also home to an Astronomical Observatory, a library, the Academy of Fine Arts and, wrapped around the corner of this great palazzo, a semi-hidden botanical garden. Though admittedly small, the botanical gardens have a rich history and are a romantic oasis in a busy city. The herbs and flowers grow from the same earth used by the Jesuits in the seventeenth century when the garden’s main purpose was to grow and cultivate medicinal plants to teach to students of Brera. Today the little garden fills with students sitting in the grass or on benches along the rows of herbs to study or rest between classes.

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