A walk in the middle of the marble spiers of the Duomo, a walk on the Naviglio Grande: what to do with children in Milan?
Milan with children
If you are thinking of one trip to Milan with the whole family here are some things that you can visit in the city and that your people will like a lot too children.
The Milan cathedral can be a fascinating place for children, especially if it is organized a walk among the spiers: here the little ones will find themselves immersed in a sea of marble and will be able to observe the city from above. And don’t forget to observe the golden Madonnina, a true symbol of the city.
2 Museum of the twentieth century
After visiting the Duomo, you cannot miss the Museo del Novecento, located in the Palazzo dell’Arengario, on the right side of the cathedral.
The museum collects the best of Italian art of the last century. It starts from the “Quarto Stato” by Pelizza da Volpedo, to move on to futurism, abstractionism and ends with poor art installations.
The museum organizes guided tours and workshops for children.
3 Sforzesco Castle
Children can only be enchanted by this building: a real fairytale castle, with moat, crenellated towers, successive courtyards and secret passages.
Inside the castle they can be visited the rooms of the court and the residence of the dukes. Don’t miss the archaeological Museum with the Egyptian section and the splendid Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo Buonarroti now located in the Spanish Hospital.
To visit the secret paths and the walkways of the battlements you need to book a guided tour.
4 Sempione Park
From the Castle you can directly access the Sempione Park, the green lung of the city.
Walking through the park, parents will be able to let their children admire the fountain “Mysterious Baths” the greatest sculptural work by Giorgio De Chirico, which a recent restoration has brought back to its original colors.
Kids will love it too the bridge of the Little Mermaids, adorned with four Sirens. This bridge, the first in Italy in metal, was designed in 1842 for the Naviglio di San Damiano and moved to the park only in 1930, when the internal canals were covered.
Also note the composition “Musical Accumulation and Seated” by the artist Arman. A curious stage for orchestra formed by a cavea, on whose steps you can recognize iron chairs of various shapes imprisoned in the reinforced concrete.
Passing through the park you arrive directly at the Triennale building, home to art exhibitions and the Design Museum.
6 National Museum of Science and Technology ‘Leonardo da Vinci’
It is the largest museum dedicated to science and technology in Italy. The collection also includes some models of machinery taken from Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings.
It is a true paradise for children. Among the most popular pavilions is that of transport where one of the first locomotives is preserved. Don’t forget to visit the Toti submarine (booking is recommended for this visit).
7 Navigli and new Darsena
It is one of the most characteristic areas of Milan and the only one that still retains the water channels that once crossed the city (closed in the 1930s). Along the canals there are numerous places to have an aperitif or a bite to eat. Children will like the picturesque “Alley of the washerwomen” where there are still the wash houses that were used by women to wash clothes.
Also worth a walk the new dock, the water basin that joins the two canals (the Grande and the Pavese), just reopened to the public after a restoration that lasted years.
It is the Children’s Museum, set up in the former church of San Michele inside the Rotonda della Besana, a late Baroque building that dates back to the end of the 17th century.
All the exhibitions are offered in the form of a game to involve children. For Expo the Childrenshare project: activities related to Expo to discover and have fun with cultures from all over the world Info: www.muba.it
After visiting the museum, children can play in the beautiful park inside the Rotonda.
9 Indro Montanelli Gardens and Gardens of Villa Reale
Known to the Milanese as the gardens of Porta Venezia, it is the ideal space for children to play in the various equipped areas.
Inside the gardens there is also the Civic Planetarium, the largest in Italy, and the Civic Museum of Natural History, which are worth a visit, especially if you are traveling with small astronomy or zoology enthusiasts.
Crossed via Palestro you will also find the splendid ones Gardens of the Villa Reale (with no entry for adults without children). Here the little ones can run between lakes, bridges, caves and even a small temple. And if you are passionate about contemporary art, the Pac, the Contemporary Art Pavilion inside the villa.
10 Piazza Gae Aulenti
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