One of the major cultural centers of Europe during the Romantic Period (1820’s to 1900) and the Lombardy region of Italy’s capital city is the city of Milan. The greater Milan metropolitan area is home to nearly 4.5 million residents while the city itself boasts a population of over 1.3 million as of 2009. Milan has long been recognized as one of the world’s design and fashion capitals as well as being a major influential factor where art, commerce, industry, literature, music, and sports are concerned.
In 1906, Milan hosted the World Exposition and is slated to host the Universal Expedition in 2015. Suffice it to say, Milan’s architecture, culture, fashion, music, and performing arts as well as the renowned Italian cuisine holds a great deal of allure for holiday and vacation travelers worldwide. For decades, Milan has been one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and there is no indication that this will ever change.
Should you decide to spend a holiday or vacation in this beautiful Italian city, you will not be disappointed as there are numerous attractions and events to explore and participate in. However, make sure that you do not overlook one of the most popular outdoor venues that the city has to offer, namely Sempione Park. It is an outdoor extravaganza that is a must-see venue for locals and visitors alike.
Parco Sempione, as it is known by the Milanese, is a 116 acre urban park which is situated between the Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) and the Piazza Sempione. It is beautifully landscaped with a number of formal gardens, fountains, and monuments as well as providing visitors with a spectacular view of the Arco della Pace. Make sure that you venture up to Torre Branca’s summit and take in one of the most spectacular panoramas of the city that you could possibly encounter.
What you want to know is that a visit to Sempione Park is going to provide you with an endless supply of things to do, whether you want to spend a relaxing afternoon just sitting at one of the numerous tables scattered throughout Sempione Park in one of Milan’s premier attractions or if you choose to spend day after day there while visiting the city.
You should visit the Tiennale as well. Sitting at any of the outside tables will also provide you with the enjoyment of taking in all the outdoor art that is there. If outdoor recreation and sports is your preference, Sempione Park is an excellent fitness venue as well and offers basketball, cycling, football, Frisbee, and running opportunities. There is a huge play area for children as well and even Wi-Fi internet available.
Photo of Parco Sempione by Ricardo Francone