Italy's second largest city is a fashion hotspot famed for its beautiful architecture and vibrant culture and theatre scenes. All this and more makes Milan an enticing choice for a city break or longer holiday, but what about if you bring the children? In that case, entertain and awaken the curiosity of your family with these fun attractions and sightseeing ideas.
1. Visit the Comic Strip Museum You won't miss the colourful and larger than life entrance to Wow Spazio Fumetto, one of Italy's best attractions for comic book fans. Find the museum at Viale Campania, 12, on tramline stop 27, and enter 1000sq. metres celebrating comic strips, their artists, and other cartoon and illustrations from across the world. Try and spot Mickey Mouse or Dylan the dog, or enjoy some of the changing exhibits and events. One of the best parts of this attraction, and why it makes this list, are the museum's teaching workshops. How would you like to have a go at watercolour illustration or stop-motion animation?
2. Go Under the Sea At the Aquarium Milan Civic Aquarium in Gaudio Street is a good option for a half-day trip for all the animal lovers in your family. Although the aquarium recreates tropical environments, you'll also get to see tanks focused on Italian lakes, seas, and rivers. You'll see some of your favourite species, and find out more about local marine life, too. Don't forget to gaze up at the aquatic themed stonework and painted tiles before you leave.
3. Visit the Fiera di Sengigallia Adults and children alike will enjoy browsing through the treasures for sale at the oldest flea market in Milan. It dates back to 1800 and has been welcoming visitors since then with a diverse range of stalls, selling items from organic cosmetics, coins, and crafts to vintage clothing and gifts. Find some bargains, souvenirs, or both, here in the Ticinese-Navigli district of the city.
4. San Siro Stadium Museum & Tour Football is something that transcends generations, male and female, bringing all the family together to celebrate the sport. In Milan you can take the M5 purple line underground train to the stadium station, and visit the city's stadium's museum. Find out more about the history of A.C. Milan and Inter Milan, and get the chance to tour through normally unreachable areas of the stadium, such as the changing rooms and stands. You can also walk through the tunnel to the pitch. Tickets can be reserved online for daily admission, though opening hours and stadium tours may vary on match/event days.
5. Book a Family-Friendly Sightseeing Tour Make the most of your time in Milan and ensure the children are entertained with a private sightseeing tour designed with kids and families in mind. Operators tend to use games, iPad presentations, and interactive activities, along with commentary suited to children to ensure they are engaged, whilst giving the adults a chance to explore some of Milan's most famous landmarks with a knowledgable guide. A typical tour could include the Duomo, one of the largest Catholic cathedrals in the world, along with Sforza Castle, and Piazza della Scala (public square).
6. Enjoy the Outdoors At Parco Sempione Whether you are visiting the on-site aquarium, or just want to relax, the beautiul landscaped spaces of this large urban park are something not to be missed. Enjoy lounging around the lake, walking around the flower beds, letting off steam on the lawns, or enjoying a concert in the ampitheatre. Sightseeing can be hectic, so sometimes it's nice to enjoy green spaces, and this one can be found just next to Sforcesco Castle, and is easily accessible by bus, tram, and metro.
7. View World Famous Artwork Introduce your family to some art history during your trip to Milan. Milan is often described as having prestigous museums, and one of them in particular lives up to this status. Open to small groups of people on select days, the Cenacolo Vinciano next to the Church Of Santa Marie delle Grazie offers the unique opportunity to view Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'. Book in advance to enjoy a viewing, and be sure to check out the church as well, to find out more about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site, an example of Renaissance architecture.