Situated between Arco della Pace and Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione is the largest park in Milan. It is a favourite for joggers, cyclists and weekend strollers.There is also a great children's area nearest to the Arena, complete with climbing frames, slides, swings, roller-skating rink, a mini train and mini car racing piste for small children. The park also has two volley-ball/basketball courts and one court exclusively for basketball. There are two snack bars and a number of kiosks spread around the park where you can get refreshments and snacks. The park also houses the Biblioteco del Parco (Public Library) and the Acquario Civico ( the Acquarium). The park can be accessed from via Pagano, via Bertoni, Piazza Castello, viale Elvizia, viale Milton, viale Gladio, viale Alemagna and viale Legnano.  
Piazza Sempione 20154 Milan
02 77404343
Kitchen offers a wide range of German, Japanese, American and French kitchen utensils, saucepans and small appliances which until this shop opened where impossible to source in Milan. No longer do I have to load my suitcase on my return trips from the UK with Fissler sauce pans or a Le Creuset cassourole dish for my kitchen. Kitchen even has an on-line store if you are feeling too lazy to leave the house. Kitchen also sells a selection of over 1,500 cookery books as well as spices, dressings and condiments to use in your culinary experiments.Kitchen is also well known for its numerous cookery courses which start at 19.30 and last approximately 3 hours. For details of up-coming courses, please look at their website under "Eventi" - "Corsi". You won't need to take anything with you as Kitchen provides all of the necessary equipment and ingredients. You can sign-up for cooking courses no later than 2 days before the course is due to start. Payment can be made directly in the store in Via Edmondo de Amicis 45 or by credit card (call 02 58102849) or by bank transfer. Cooking buffs may also be interested in Kitchen's Kitchen Club which keeps you up-dated as to new products and allows members to enjoy a host of promotions and discounts with the Kitchen Club Card. Cook on!
Via Edmondo de Amicis, 45 Milan
02 58102849
A must for sugaraholics, Sugar is located not far from Cadorna in the signorile via Vicenzo Monti. Stools are conveniently placed in the window for clients who want to enjoy a delicious breakfast of Illy coffee and assorted croissants or stop for afternoon tea and mignon cakes and watch the world walk-by. If space is limited you can always sit at one of the tables placed on the pavement outside. Sugar also sells to die for cakes, flans and pies as well as wonderful chocolate covered caramelised citrus fruits and chocolates. Sugar will also arrange these chocolate delights in sugar spun baskets which make wonderful table centre pieces or dinner party gifts. At Christmas you will not be able to resist Sugar's chocolate Christmas trees which come in various sizes and with different decorations. A must is the chocolate lined croccantino basket filled with crema pasticciera (custard cream)  and fresh fruit which on request can be caramalised or covered in chocolate. 
Via Vincenzo Monti, 26 20123 Milan
02 4815376
Situated in the centre of Milan, the Swiss school has 360 students from different countries, aged 2 1/2 upwards. Lessons are held in German and Italian, while English, Latin, French, Spanish and Ancient Greek are taught further up the school. The school is also recognised by the Italian authorities, so children can move across into the Italian system should they wish to do so. 
Via Appiani, 21 20121 Milan
02 6555723
In the heart of Milan's designer shopping district, One to One's owner, Tina Sinatra, offers her clients Pilates lessons tailored to suit their individual needs. Tina is an ex-ballerina and studied under Michael King.Some of our friends are clients of Tina's and they highly recommend One to One. 
Via Sant' Andrea, 12 20121 Milan
320 3391698
Founded in 1886, the Scuola Germanica di Milano offers a bilingual education to children aged 3 to 18. The curriculum is approved by both the Italian and German governments, therefore students can continue their studies at university in either Italy or Germany.I have Italian friends who send their children here and are very happy. 
Via Legnano, 24 20121 Milan
02 6597614
Excuse.mi is for everyone [, milanese or not, italian or not…] we only mention things or places that have caught our eye or that we have tried and tested ourselves.
Kid's Cot is a native English-speaking school located in the heart of Milan. The nursery can accommodate up to 60 children aged 6 to 36 months and the Kindergarten up to 70 children aged 3 to 6 years. Kid's Cot haS developed an educational program completely in English that follows the British Early Years Foundation Stage. All teachers are mother-tongue English speakers. Kid's Cot on-site kitchen prepares the children's daily meals.There is an indoor play area, as well as an outdoor play area complete with swings, slides, tunnels, houses and planters for the older children to use for gardening. Kid's Cot also organises extra curricular courses open to everyone, such as English, swimming, dance (3-5 year olds) and art workshops.English courses are aimed at children aged 18 months to 8 years old and involve play, music, movement, art and story telling.The art workshop allows children to play with materials such as clay, salt dough, playdough and more! Using their hands and simple tools they are able to make the most of their innate abilities and their creativity to produce works of art! This course is suitable for children from 3 to 5 years.Swimming courses are for children aged 4 months to 5 year olds as well as pregnant mothers. Please see Kid Cot's website for further details. Kid's Cot will also host and arrange your child's birthday party. 
Via Orti, 18 20122 Milan
02 36592694
Istituto Comprensivo "Armando Diaz", an Italian public school, has implemented "Progetto BEI - Bilingual Education Italy", a bilingual project developed by the Italian Ministry of Education and the British Council, whereby children follow the Italian national curriculum but are taught in both Italian and English. 
Scuola elementare (primaria) Via Crocefisso, 15 Milan
02 88446173
Just behind one of Milan's busiest nightlife spots, Porta Ticinese, this park was fenced off and cleaned up several years ago. It now offers local residents the opportunity to relax on the grass during the nice weather, people watch, walk their dogs or take their kids to the small play areas dotted around the park. This park connects the Basilica di San Lorenzo and Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, but you will need to cross Via Santa Sofia to visit all of it.
Piazza della Vetra, 1 Milan


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