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This 1.6km2 expanse of water is not technically in Milan, however, it is situated close to Linate airport and therefore a 20 minute drive from the town centre. Originally built in the 1920s to land seaplanes, the area is now used for recreational purposes and is often referred by the locals as the Milanese coast ("il mare dei milanese"). Picnic areas and benches have been added over the years and numerous water sports can be practised here (canoeing, sailing, water ski-ing, cable ski, kayaking, windsurfing). The Municipality also organises numerous events, festivals and concerts here during the year (see website for more details).Idroscalo also boasts:a Beach ("Spiaggia") - during the summer months you can stretch out on the beach located on the east bank, or swim in the water. Sun beds and umbrellas can be rented and a life guard is on duty. Swimmers are not allowed to swim in any other parts of Idroscalo. Dolly Park - this play area is for children aged 2 to 13 and has trampolines, a castle and a play area with coloured plastic balls. Villaggio del Bambino - here children aged 3 and up are given the possibility to let their imaginations roam while playing with recycled plastic and recyclable materials. Green Bike - adults and children can rent bicycles at the Strongbow Gold Beach (Zona Punta dell'Est) for a small charge. Please see the website for costs and further details. The Lega Navale Italiana also has a base here and there is also the Idroscalo Club Sports Centre which offers a wide range of sports. 
Via Circonvallazione Idroscalo Segrate Milano
I Giardini Pubblici di Indro Montanelli (formerly called and still known as the Giardini Pubblici Porta Venezia to the locals) is Milan's second largest park. Situated in its' grounds are: the Natural History Museum (Il Museo Civico di Storia Naturale), the Planetarium (Il Planetario Ulrico Hoepli) and a nursery school which you will find next to the animal cages which once served as Milan's Zoo. The park is to found between Corso Venezia, i Bastioni di Porta Venezia, Via Manin and Via Palestro. This park has a mini train ride, Shetland pony rides, dodge 'ems (aka bumper cars), a carousel, two children's play areas complete with swings and several snack bars where you can buy refreshments or have a light lunch. The Parco Magico di Primavera (Spring Fair) and Il Villaggio delle Meraviglie (Winter Wonderland) are hosted here. Look out for the advertisements for these fairs as they offer a large number of fair ground attractions and rides as well as work shops for children of all ages. The Winter Wonderland also has an open air ice-skating rink. 
Corso Venezia, 55 20129 Milan
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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
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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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