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Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli, Milan

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Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli, formerly known as Giardini Pubblici and Giardini di Porta Venezia are a major and historic city park in Milan, Italy, located in the Porta Venezia district, north-east of the city center, in the Zone 1 administrative division. Established in 1784, they are the oldest city park in Milan. After their establishment, the Gardens have been repeatedly enlarged and enriched with notable buildings, most notably the Natural History Museum and the Planetarium .HistoryIn the second half of the 18th Century, the area of the Public Gardens was owned by the Dugnani family and was mostly cultivated land; a number of canals irrigated the area that were later closed. The area also included the buildings of two former monasteries (the San Dionigi and the Carcanine monasteries) which had ceased activity under Austrian rule. In 1780, Ferdinand, Duke of Breisgau, who was viceroy of Milan in 1771-1796, assigned architect Giuseppe Piermarini at the renewal of the area and the establishment of a city park. The works were completed between 1782 and 1786, and largely employed prisoners serving a life sentence as manpower.Piermarini's design was largely influenced by French formal gardens, with geometric flower beds and large tree-lined pathways arranged in such a way to create pleasant perspective effects. At the north-eastern corner, an area was dedicated to the game of soccer.
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  • A truly relaxing place, it doesn't seem to be in the middle of a city like Milan. Definitely worth visiting.
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  • A nice oasis in the Center of Milan. Nice attraction for the children and at XMas time there is a excellent amusement little park with a great ice-skating trace; a place to go! The ducks pond is quite...  more »
  • Very close to the renowned fashion district of Milan, this park offers the possibility to have a nice walk in a quiet area far away from the noisy of the city. In the springtime, it is often attended ...  more »
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  • Lovely park close to central Milan. Good play area for children. Nice place for a picnic or an ice cream - there are two eateries in the park that I know of.
  • We came for the playground but there happened to be a food market going on and it was lovely. There were loads of kids on the playground and I'd definitely recommend it. It also has a natural history museum but we didn't have time to check it out.
  • Nice park in the city center of Milan. Good for walking with dogs
  • Very nice park specially for children, very safe but police might stop you! They stopped me to check my passport and visa but i don't know what they have written! 😃
  • Beautiful place in Milan. Running morning recommended.