The Idroscalo, a reservoir of 1,600 m2 fed by spring waters and the Martesana canal, was created in 1926 as a stopover for seaplanes near Linate Airport. The aviation business was stranded after a few sporadic incidents, and in 1930 it became a sports and recreation centre.
In the late '30s, the Idroscalo was known as the "Milano seaside". Period photos show bathers in costume with umbrellas and picnics: a testimony of how summer was spent in Milano.
It may seem strange that Milano, a city that does not face the sea, can have a water sports centre. Yet at the Idroscalo you can practice water skiing, canoeing, rowing, sailing and swimming with flippers. Also land sports such as beach volleyball, football, gymnastics, volleyball, skating and handball.
The Idroscalo is not only sport but also art, relaxation and a place to spend pleasant days in the open air. It also hosts major music festivals, including the ‘Gods of Metal’, the ‘Evolution Festival’, the ‘Rock In Idro’ and the ‘Mi Ami Festival’.
In the summer season, along the east bank, you can even imagine you are on a real beach, because the structure is equipped with a dock specially created for the purpose of bathing with lots of beach chairs, umbrellas, lifeguards and excellent entertainers.