Health and quality of life in the city depend also on the adequate presence of green areas. Milan’s network of parks includes 54 parks scattered over an area of approximately 14,681,400 metres squared, as well as other green spaces, including 21 splendid gardens, that allow citizens and visitors to pass their free time surrounded by nature. Here you can find cycle paths, sporting fields and outdoor exercise courses, all equipped even for the smallest and youngest of visitors. Otherwise, for those simply seeking to relax and enjoy the green surroundings, there are kiosks and gazebos. That’s not all, however, as these nooks of nature can often be considered outdoor museums. At the Villa Reale, the statues of the Pavilion of Contemporary Art nestle amongst the trees and flowers of the gardens, while the statues Bagni Misteriosi (Mysterious Baths) by Giorgio De Chirico find their perfect location in the gardens of the Triennale. In Parco Sempione, the largest park in the city, all these elements, that is sculptures and monuments, paths for jogging, numerous sporting areas, as well as refreshment and entertainment areas, come together in synthesis, making it one of the Milanese’s preferred meeting places. The park Parco Venezia is framed by the “Bastioni” (the old toll gates), Corso Venezia and Via Palestro and has an elegant garden with lakes and playgrounds for the little ones. It dates back to 1700 and is dedicated to the writer and journalist, Indro Montanelli.
Situated just outside of the centre, the parks Parco delle Cave, Bosco in Città, Parco Lambro and Parco Solari are examples of urban forestation, all worth a visit for long walks, bike rides or a tasty picnic.