Things to Do in Milan with Kids
You may be surprised at how kid-friendly the cosmopolitan city of Milan is, with its chic, grown-up boutiques tempered by a fun medieval castle, city parks, and historic trams. Older teens enjoy the aperitivo scene, and even the youngest tots love the view from the cathedral’s rooftop. Here’s how to keep the whole family entertained in Milan.
- Take in the city from above with a trip up to the rooftop observation terrace of the soaring cathedral (duomo) overlooking Milan. Older kids can take in the entire complex during a duomo tour, or you can opt for skip-the-line tickets directly to the roof for dazzling views of the city center.
- All aboard! Hop on a historic tram through the city center to ride past some of Milan’s most captivating neighborhoods and take in its monuments from a vintage early 20th-century car. This unique way to see the city is perfect for footsore kids (and adults).
- Conquer the castle. The 15th-century Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is home to a number of museums and galleries, but kids are primarily drawn to its round battlements and watchtower. Join a family-friendly castle tour to learn about the history and lore of Milan’s most famous fortress.
- Both kids and adults sometimes need a respite from the urban bustle and historic grandeur of Milan. Relax at Sempione Park adjacent to Castello Sforzesco, and take a jaunt to the top of the Torre Branca panoramic tower, or pop into the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens or Brera Botanical Garden in the city center.
- Older kids can do as the Milanese do and sip a (nonalcoholic) drink and nibble on finger food at one of the trendy spots in Brenta or the Navigli district during the lively evening aperitivo hour, a daily ritual in fashionable Milan.