Rome’s more fashionable cousin may not have the Colosseum, but between its breathtaking parks, vibrant ducal history, and ample theme parks, it’s got more than enough to keep everyone happy. Verona, the very one from Romeo and Juliet, and Venice are both within travelling distance too, so if you’re planning on a road trip during your summer in Milan then Lombardy and Veneto are also yours to explore.
For getting back to nature
Why you’ll love it: A stunning, nature-lover’s day trip from Milan! Located in fair Verona, this garden was the winner of the 2019 World Tulip Awards. The flower-lined trails of Parco Giardino Sigurtà are the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Milan. Whether you choose to walk or to rent a bike, your senses will be spoiled with the heady scents of horticulture. Stroll along the kilometer-long Viale delle Rose with its 30,000 roses, enjoy the shade beneath a 400-year-old oak tree, and take the kids through the hedge maze before they pet sheep and goats on the farm.
For a fun way to beat the heat
Why you’ll love it: Is there anything more refreshing than a mist of spray against your face that’s been created by your body hurtling down a plastic tube filled with water? Well, probably, but that’s got to be the most enjoyable way to cool down! At Acquatica Park the whole family can enjoy summer in Milan with a host of waterslides and a relaxing Slow River for those who prefer something gentler.
For the lovers of Leonardo
Why you’ll love it: It’s the vineyard that was given to Leonardo da Vinci as a gift for painting The Last Supper! The painting itself is just across the street in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, so once you’ve taken a tour of the vineyard – and found out how experts have been using recovered vines from Leonardo’s time to recreate the variety of white wine he loved – pop over and see one of civilisation’s greatest works of art.
For a deep dive into Da Vinci
Why you’ll love it: Visit this interactive museum and research center that brings the past to life using innovative technology. Inside you’ll find more than 200 working models of Da Vinci’s machines, including a submarine and a mechanical eagle! Located in the center of Milan, between La Scala and il Duomo, you’ll get to find out the story of the restless genius who changed the face of art forever.