Milano is full of activity in Summer! Find out the best things to do with us.

THE PORTA NUOVA SKYSCRAPERS AND ISOLA

Visit the new Milano, looking up to the sky in front of the Vertical Forest, but also down to the Library of Trees (BAM), the new park straddling across Piazza Gae Aulenti and Casa della Memoria (House of Memory), the red brick building dedicated to the Resistance. In the summer, you will find there a lido with deck chairs and umbrellas to lounge around amid the flowers for a moment of rest after power shopping at Porta Nuova and before tasting the food and cocktail wonders of Isola, Milano’s creative and alternative neighborhood.

MONUMENTALE AND CHINATOWN

Not too far from Porta Nuova you will find Cimitero Monumentale, the eclectic architectural complex where the tombs of the eminent Milanese align in the elaborate fantasy of shrines and cypresses that makes this cemetery one of Milano’s most fascinating attractions. The new subway stop of the (driverless) M4 Lilac line makes it easy to reach Monumentale as well as Chinatown - one of Europe’s largest and most sophisticated - around Via Paolo Sarpi. But before you sit down to steamed dumplings and rice noodles, make sure to visit the brand-new ADI Design Museum between Via Cenisio and Via Bramante, where the best creations of Italian and international designers since the 1950s are on display.

THE DUOMO TERRACES

You have never truly been to Milano if you have not gone up to the Duomo terraces. Take the elevator on the right-hand backside of the Gothic Cathedral and you will find yourself on one of the world’s most spectacular roofs.

Among marble spires and gargoyles, you will have a special close view of the golden Madonnina protecting Milano and especially of the Piazza down below with some of the city’s most important architectures (on the backdrop of the Alps, if it is a clear day).

BRERA: ART AND BOTANICS

Brera is the bohemian neighbourhood that hosts the world-famous Art Gallery and its Renaissance and Romantic masterpieces. See for yourself the immortal masterpieces of Mantegna, Raphael, Hayez and many others. Then visit the adjacent Brera Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico di Brera), a green gem hidden in the centre of Milano, founded during the rule of the Habsburgs in the late 18th century.

Now you are free to wander around Brera’s cobblestone lanes and lively cafés.

MILANO’S MONUMENTAL VILLAS

The area between Piazza San Babila and Porta Venezia contains some of the city’s most majestic palazzi and villas from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. Celebrating the city’s growing wealth in the early 20th century, these buildings are artistic and architectural marvels. Among them, Villa Necchi Campiglio stands out for its modernist beauty and the surrounding gardens. Renovated and managed by FAI, the Italian Environment Fund, Villa Necchi offers visitors not just aesthetic bliss, but excellent brunches and healthy salads as well - served in its garden bistro.

DARSENA AND NAVIGLI BY NIGHT

Darsena is the ancient river port where the canals of Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese merge by the Porta Ticinese Gate. The area was completely renovated in 2015 with a new quay full of market stalls, café stands and a pedestrian bridge. It is the hub of summer in Milano, buzzing with life and newfound freedom as the pandemic abates.
The perfect place to end a summer day in the city, as the sun sets over Milano.

WAKEBOARD AT IDROSCALO

Idroscalo is an artificial lake built in 1930 as a seaplane base. It was then transformed into a major park and it is now known as “the Milanese seaside”. It is an ideal place to spend a hot summer day in Milano.
This year, cable wakeboard has been added to the list of water sports available in this area of the city, near Linate airport and in front of an amusement park with rides and a ferris wheel.

ART AT FONDAZIONE PRADA

The Prada Foundation is Milano’s premier complex for the contemporary arts. With a luscious cocktail bar designed by Hollywood director Wes Anderson and a movie area to complement the exhibits of sculptures, paintings and installations, it is a major site of aesthetic pleasure and art appreciation. Take the yellow subway line to Brenta station, heading south from the city centre. Right next to the Fondazione see the area where the 2026 Olympic Village will be built.

THINGS TO DO FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS

PARCO SEMPIONE

Parco Sempione is where you need to take your family for a moment of rest or a picnic after visiting Castello Sforzesco, which will be the main stage for La Bella Estate, this year’s programme of summer events organized by the City Hall, with dozens of evening concerts by major Italian and international artists.

By Milano’s Central Park rests the Palazzo della Triennale, Milano’s foundation for architecture and design, which hosts permanent and temporary exhibits. Don’t miss the puzzling metaphysical fountain in the garden: Bagni Misteriosi, by the great De Chirico.

GIARDINI PALESTRO

GAM, the Gallery of Modern Art displaying a collection 19th century paintings in Via Palestro, conceals a beautifully luscious park reserved to children and their chaperones, sheltered behind the Neoclassical elegance of Villa Belgiojoso-Bonaparte.
Next to GAM, you will find PAC, the Pavilion of Contemporary Art, devoted to up-and-coming artists, and across the street, the Giardini di Porta Venezia, a city park with playgrounds and merry-go-rounds, a planetarium and an open-air bar.

TRE TORRI: SHOPPING AND PADEL

Tre Torri points to the three towers designed by some among the giants of contemporary architecture that define the CityLife district, a glamorous area that hosts a vast park with a futuristic playground and Milano’s most sophisticated shopping mall. The place where every family member, from kids to grownups will find an experience to remember, including playing padel, the tennis-like sport which is the latest Milanese craze, under the curved and crooked skyscrapers of Libeskind and Hadid.