Idroscalo di Milano is an artificial 850.000 sqm lake, originally inaugurated on October 28th, 1930, as a seaplane base - but conceived from the beginning as an international watersport competitions facility.
Since then, it is a favourite outdoor leisure destination for the Milanese, featuring a 6.2 km lakeshore ring and a 1.6 million sqm surrounding park.
In the spring and summer, Idroscalo counts as many as 2 million visitors, while on sunny weekends up to 20.000 people can be counted.
Idroscalo is the only Olympic facility for canoeing and boating in Milano. 2.000 athletes practice 22 sport disciplines here - both on the ground and on water - every week. A facility for practicing cable wakeboard and artificial waves surf has recently been built on the southern shore.
Here are five ideas to spend a day in nature at Idroscalo, following the rules.