Acquario Civico of Milan

Near the Parco Sempione, in the centre of Milan, lies the Acquario Civico: a very tiny Aquarium, on solely one floor and with an outside area, that opened for the first time in 1906. Though it is very small you can spend some interesting time in this place as it gives you a broad overview on the wildlife in the Italian lakes, rivers and the sea surrounding it.

The entrance charge is moderate with 5 € per person. And not only the aquarium is worth a visit but also the building itself, an old Art Nouveau villa with plenty of details to discover.

Viale G. B. Gadio, 2
20121 Milano


Open Spaces

Isola is a very particular zone in Milan. It is there where you can find the Bosco Vertical (the residential towers housing trees) or the Piazza Gae Aulenti with i.a. the Unicredit tower. But besides the extraordinary architecture, you can also find these nice recreational places. The one below is near the Piazzale Segrino and the metro station Zara. In summer the bookshelf is filled with books. Additionally, you can find sockets near the park benches so that you can charge your laptop or your phone.

A lot of Milanese working nearby come here to spend their lunch break. Perfect to relax!


Cimitero Monumentale

The Cimitero Monumentale, near the train station Garibaldi, is one of the largest cemeteries in Milan where you can spend some peaceful hours. Besides the very pleasant atmosphere, the cemetery houses some artistic or otherwise renowned tombs. You get to see artistic tombstones, some modern, some traditional, monuments, artistic mausoleums, funerary shrines and monuments as well as a representation of the Last Supper. The graveyard is surrounded on one side by the Famedio, a Hall-of-Fame that contains the tombs of the city’s and the country’s most honored citizens, such as the tomb of the novelist Alessandro Manzoni.

Stroll between the graves and discover it for yourself!

Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale
20154 Milano
Visita il Monumentale
Luogo e orari di apertura

Villa Necchi Campiglio

If you have seen the film “I Am Love” with Tilda Swinton, you will recognize this place. The villa with its small pool was the main location of the movie. You can visit the villa, though the tickets have to be booked in advance as you can enter it only with a guided tour. But even if you don’t visit the villa, you can have a nice time here. The villa is surrounded by a little park and is adjoined by a little café/restaurant. Sit beneath the pool and enjoy a little breakfast with a cappuccino and a cornetto (also called brioche in the north of Italy and similar to a croissant). Unfortunately, you are not allowed to swim in the pool.

From time to time, especially in summer, Villa Necchi Campiglio hosts public events. For more information, visit the website of FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), where you can find also other beautiful FAI properties. The Fondo Ambiente Italiano (= The National Trust for Italy) takes care of special places in Italy for the benefit of present and future generations and was inspired by the National Trust for England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

Via Mozart, 14
20122 Milano