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June 18 is the World Picnic Day, a tradition that has lasted for centuries and that with the arrival of summer becomes more alive than ever. For the occasion we have chosen 10 places in Milan perfect for a packed lunch, an aperitif or just to spread a tablecloth and spend the day in the company of friends outdoors.
Park of the Quarries
The third largest park in Milan occupies approx 135 hectares in the southwestern area of the city. With its five artificial lakes, the Parco delle Cave restores a timeless charm, perfect for walking, cycling or lying down for a picnic in the midst of nature!
If, on the other hand, you love night walks, at the Parco delle Cave every year during the months of June and July, guided tours are organized for observe the clouds of fireflies that crowd the shores of the lakes every summer.
The most famous park in Milan is very popular with young people and families who choose this green lung in the heart of the city to relax and escape from the concrete and smog of the metropolis. 386 thousand square meters of park they offer grassy expanses, groves, streams and the buildings of the Triennale, the Arena Civica and the beautiful Arco della Pace that closes the panoramic view that from the Castello Sforzesco crosses the whole park.
As the name suggests, we are in the northern area of Milan, in one of the largest parks in the city center. The park was born over an old industrial area, as a concrete example of green redevelopment of the city fabric. Huge expanses of lawn give way to patches of trees where possible spot wild animals too!
Today called Martyrs of Freedom Park Iraqi Victims of Terrorism, the area that runs along the Naviglio della Martesana is ideal for stopping for a picnic after a long bike ride on the beautiful track that runs alongside the Naviglio. In the shade of the numerous American maples you can stop before starting on the 30 km of cycle path that crosses the park and reaches Cassano d’Adda.
Public Gardens of Palestro
The Indro Montanelli park will remain for the Milanese always the “Park of Palestro”, one of the most loved green areas by the inhabitants of Milan, immersed in the so-called “quadrilateral of silence”. It is a special place, where nature interacts with nineteenth-century architecture such as natural History Museum and rock constructions with imitations of caves and natural ravines.
The gigantic Trenno park (or Aldo Aniasi Park) is located on the outskirts of Milan, in the south of the city. Within the green area they can be found activities and routes for all sports lovers: from soccer fields to basketball playgrounds, to rugby and cricket fields. An oasis of peace on the outskirts of Milan where you can enjoy a picnic in the midst of nature in absolute tranquility.
The Monluè park is a real little gem. A green area close to the Lambro, immersed in the ancient medieval area called “Monte dei lupi”. Here the great Cistercian monastery which at the time dominated the area is still partially visible, in particular the “grangia”, the building reserved for the conservation of wheat and seeds. A magnificent place to spend a day with friends on the lawn to eat something and spend a relaxing afternoon.
Monte Stella Park
Known by all Milanese as “The mountain of San Siro” this park is an extremely fascinating place from a historical and landscape point of view. The small hill was built together with the QT8 district after the devastation of the Second World War. The team of architects called to think of the new ideal district of Milan for the eighth Triennale (hence the name of the area) recovered the rubble of the bombed houses to build a park that was also a monument to memory, a place of recreation born on the ashes of pain.
Today Monte Stella (named after the wife of the architect Piero Bottoni) is a place full of life, from the top of which you can observe all of Milan at 360 °, perhaps sitting on a tablecloth while enjoying an excellent packed lunch.
Located right next to the Trenno Park, the two areas are often confused or incorporated into a single huge green heart on the outskirts of Milan. When you enter the 110 hectares of the park seems to have been teleported to the countryside, or to a quiet suburb of a small town. Farmhouses, streams and a lake they are the backdrop to patches of secular trees, in whose shade it is possible to have the best picnics in the world.
Let’s go back to the northern area of Milan with the Lambro park, which according to its architect, Enrico Casiraghi, summarizes all the beauty of Lombard nature. Native plants alternate with grassy plains, hills and streams. A way to unplug, spread a tablecloth and enjoy with a single glance natural landscape of an entire region.