At 116 acres (47 hectares) Parco Sempione is the city centre's largest green space and also its most egalitarian. The park was laid out in 1888 under the direction of the architect Emilo Alemagna with the intention of creating an informal public space between the Castello and Arco del Pace which would complement both these landmarks.
The resulting gardens have fulfilled this vision perfectly attracting locals and visitors alike with its broad lawns used for games, its paths by walkers, joggers and cyclists and its shaded wooded areas ideal for relaxation and contemplation.
Because of its central location the park is also used for concerts and exhibitions and several of its later buildings, such as the Palace of the Arts, are remainders from such events.
Fondest memory: Well a stroll in the park was all very well and fine but my personal highlight had to be...pic #4...lust at first sight ;-)
Favorite thing: The Parco Villa Comunale is small garden tucked behind the Galleria D'Arte Moderna just off the Porta Venezia. This was originally the private garden of the villa built in 1790 for the Count Ludovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso and after several changes of ownership became a public space in 1919. Use of the garden is intended for youths under 12 but otherwise there's no restriction on just passing through and saying Hi to the fish.
The gardens at the Porta Venezia were Milan's first public park, laid between 1782 and 1786 by the architect Giussepe Piermarini. As with the Sempione Park this was designed as an egalitarian space for use by all and is a mix of formal and informal spaces. It also houses several interesting buildings including the Natural History Museum and the Planetarium.
The gardens were renamed in 2002 following the death, the previous year, of the world-famous journalist and historian Indro Montanelli who used the park on an almost daily basis when he owned the newspaper il Giornale.
A beautiful garden about 10 minutes walk south of the train station. On a map I read that it was called Giardini Pubblici, but I have also seen it as Giardini Indro Montanelli. Either way this is a very beautiful garden.
Fondest memory: There are a few monuments here, paths, benches or grass to sit on. Beautiful foliage and colourful flowers, fountains and even some small lakes with (small) cavern-like rocks around them. It made me feel not like I was in a garden in a city, but that I was just walking around a park. It was a great place and it was relaxing just to stroll around the garden!
Favorite thing: Parco Sempione is Milan's largest park and it is located in central downtown Milan. Inside the park you can see the "Arena", which was designed in 1806 after Roman models.