Do you know Milano as the Italian capital of fashion and finance?
Milano is so much more!
Surprisingly, it is also a safe city suitable for families and children, who can travel for free on public transport and have fun in the large green spaces located in the city center.
Relatively small and easy to get around on foot, Milano will surprise you with a series of activities the whole family can enjoy where the little ones are the stars: from museums to parks, from workshops to tram rides, keep reading to discover all that Milano has to offer to you and your family!
Friday evening 18.00
If you are looking for a “rural” accommodation in the city, the place we recommend for your stay is the Foresteria Un Posto in Milano, in the Porta Romana area. It’s a lovely farmhouse dating back to the late 1600s, which was renovated in 2012 and is today one of the most successful projects for the transformation of an abandoned space, as well as a very popular place for locals for aperitifs and dinners in the name of good food and conviviality.
If you prefer something more classic, but always childproof, we recommend a family suite at the Grand Visconti Palace, very close to Fondazione Prada. The neighborhood is in full urban revaluation and the spaces of the hotel, from the swimming pool to the large garden, are ideal for families.
Your children will certainly also appreciate the Chateau Monfort, in the Risorgimento area: here you will not only find a series of services dedicated to children, but even themed rooms dedicated to fairy tales from Cinderella to the Nutcracker.
Friday dinner 20.00
After checking in, it’s time to get ready for your first dinner in town! The Meatball Family in via Vigevano pays homage to one of the most important concepts of Italianness: the tradition of the family at the table. Here the meatballs are a must, both in the traditional version, and produced with vegetable proteins that taste like meat, but do not pollute the environment or harm animals. Italian recipes, excellent raw materials and high quality wines: the best of Italy in an informal setting, very reminiscent of typical US family restaurants.
Saturday morning 10.00
Neighborhood you go, market you find: places of commerce and socializing, markets are a living tradition throughout Italy. They are an ideal place to meet the locals and get in touch with their daily lives, as well as to buy excellent gastronomic products at reasonable prices, respecting the environment and favoring a short supply chain.
We advise you to start your day with a tour of the Darsena Municipal Market: opened in 2015, it has about twenty shops between the outside and the inside, from the fishmonger to the butcher, offering fresh products strictly Made in Italy and coming from the surroundings of Milano.
The Darsena is an artificial water basin, once the most important hubs for commercial river traffic in Milano. It was redeveloped in 2015, and it is one of the busiest areas in the summer today.
From here, the 2 main courses of the city branch off in a scissor fashion: the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Paese.
Stroll to the Naviglio Grande, a pedestrian area perfect for children and get ready to immerse yourself in a unique atmosphere.
Look around, notice the courtyards, the small terraces, the typical Milanese houses, the railing houses: it seems to be in a fairytale village rather than in a metropolis.
Take some photos at the famous Vicolo dei Lavandai and lose yourself among the vintage shops, bars and clubs that crowd these streets to savor the flavor of old Milano.
If you still want to do some shopping, you are in the right place!
For those who are passionate about music, a stop at the “Discomane”, one of the most well-stocked vinyl shops in the city, is not to be missed. If, on the other hand, you are looking for clothing or particular design pieces, the right place is the Salvatore + Marie concept store.
Saturday lunch 13.00
Enjoy a lunch based on the imagination of Alice, the young Anglo-Franco-American chef who loves experimenting with recipes with excellent, 0 km raw materials. Immerse yourself in the bucolic atmosphere of her restaurant Erba Brusca, along the Naviglio Pavese. You can eat al fresco, and the outdoor space is enriched with small gardens, giving you an opportunity to teach your children fascinating facts about vegetables and fruit.
Saturday afternoon 15.00
Make your way to the other side of the city to the Isola area to discover a neighborhood that has transformed from a working-class suburb into one of the trendiest areas of Milano.
Have fun discovering the various murals that are hidden on the shutters of the shops, among the manholes, on the walls of the bars and restaurants, and discover the fascinating history of this neighborhood.
Head over to Piazza Gae Aulenti, the heart of Porta Nuova, and discover how to communicate with passers-by on the lower floors thanks to ‘Egg’, the installation by Alberto Garutti which is a sort of wireless telephone from the 2000s.
Admire the skyscrapers, the water features of the fountains, relax on the benches and take a look around to discover the Milano of the future, from the Bosco Verticale to the Library of the Trees, up to the many projects under construction that will be completed in the near future.
It’s time for a good gelato, which you can enjoy at “OGGI Gelato Milano”, in Corso Garibaldi, the best in the area!
Saturday evening 18.00
If time permits, enjoy an aperitif and a good dinner in Cascina Cuccagna, in the Porta Romana area, which is ideal for families with children thanks to the large outdoor space and menu.
First we advise you to take a tour of Tatikids, a concept store where the little ones have fun aboard toy cars and airplanes, while enjoying a haircut.
Tatikids offers innovative products and services dedicated to children, such as the possibility of organizing exclusive princess-themed birthdays for girls.
Moms can get a blow dry, a manicure or a pedicure while their children enjoy playing and drawing.
If you liked the district of Isola so much and you don’t want to move for dinner, we suggest you try “Grani e Braci”: on the menu you will find all the dishes most loved by children, from pizza to burgers, up to the amazing cutlet alla Milanese, the recipe most appreciated by children all over Italy (and also the world!).
Sunday morning 10.00
Find out how the most famous monuments of Milano can also be appreciated by your children.
Go up to the terraces of the Duomo and admire a breathtaking view: on clear days you can see the Alps, the highest mountain range in Italy, which “embrace” the skyline of the city!
Take a walk in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele: in the center, in front of the windows of the oldest Prada store in the world, you will find a mosaic in the shape of a bull on the floor. Put your foot on the mosaic and spin yourself around 3 times: it is a superstitious ritual for good luck.
Before reaching the monumental Castello Sforzesco and indulging in some relaxation in the greenery of the Sempione Park, make a tasty stop to taste the legendary Luini panzerotti.
Even Lady Gaga, during the filming of the movie dedicated to Gucci, was spotted by the paparazzi while biting into this one-of-a-kind delicacy.
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