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Gardens and parks in Milan

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Apparently Milan like London or Berlin is a big underground city, whose typical colour is grey, not green, and usually it is quite constant in every season, because of smog and cement.

But like London and Berlin, Milan is also full of gardens and parks, each of those has a particularity, for the shape, for the entertainment or just because of the area where they are located.

The two most famous parks are “Parco Sempione” and “Giardini di Porta Venezia” also called “Giardini Indro Montanelli” in honour of a famous Italian writer. Probably these two are the most famous because they are both in the centre of the city, in two different areas which are both surrounded by amazing historic buildings, like the Castello Sforzesco for Sempione and the Museum of Art and Sciences for Porta Venezia. Typical pictures are in first case when you are on the Castle side and you see the “Arco della Pace” far but in front of you, and in the second case to all the old buildings inside the gardens and the ducks inside the little artificial lake.

The Castello Sforzesco is featured in this Routes ---

Another great example is Parco della Guastalla which is in the centre too, with a more valley shape, surrounded but the famous Sormani library building.

You can also chose the modern architecture of the Zaha Hadid City Life houses in northern Milano, or the decadent botanic garden of Brera.

But the Porta Venezia one is quite little, a garden more that a park, you have to go outside the city walls to find bigger parks.

Parco Lambro, Bosco in città, Parco Monte Sella, Parco Forlanini, Parco Trotter and Parco Nord are just some examples the typical park where there is enough space to bike or to have a nice picnic or barbecue with your family and friends in the privacy of some square meters reserved for you.

Close to Milan there is always the Parco di Monza which is bigger than all Milanese parks, that’s why we found a bike route for this green and historic park done by bike ---

If you like real and not fake or artificial green the best between the parks mentioned before is without any doubt the Parco Nord. We loved the the playgrounds in the middle of it and the lake on the Cinisello Balsamo side. The curious thing is that this park of Milan is not so much known because of the periphery position, it’s perfect for people of all the ages because there’s a nice bocciofila for bocce players and an urban garden for residents, and most of all a caravan deposit in the middle of it.

Take a look at what is looks like (in a very terrible weather day) ---

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