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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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  • This park isn't as big and impressive as Parco Sempione, but it's absolutely worth a look if you're nearby. It's claimed to be the oldest park in town and there's some really nice buildings and monume...  more »
  • If you need a break from tramping around the tourist sites, bring a picnic here and relax with the locals. It's a lovely park to walk around with plenty of places to just sit, relax and people watch.  more »
  • This park is great for running but it's perfect for chilling as well thanks to its relaxing atmosphere and green areas. It is actually a nice escape from the crowded and chaotic city center  more »
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  • Very nice park in the center of Milan. I walked through this park a bit and relaxed by getting out of the sun and sitting on the benches. The park seemed well maintained and had several structures and statues.
  • I used to cross this park to the Duomo during my visit in Milan on March 2017. Day and Night also have people sitting on the park chair under the cold winter wind. They really know how to enjoy the cold ! I always asked them for direction because the park is open, no fence so easy to lost your way. They're very helpful to guide you even they can't speak your tongue. There is a corner for the dog where owner will train there dog there or a gathering place for dog. The park have limestone cave and stream where you can find water duck and color plant even at winder. Is a good resting place after shopping or sigh seeing at Duomo.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful garden and park next to the centre. Lots of runners around and an area for kids to play.
  • went here to visit the museum and on Liberation day saw the March, smelt plenty of wacky tabacky. The garden is a great place to just hang out, go for a run or take the kids to explore.