Outdoor Trips an Hour Away from Milan
Outdoor trips an hour away from Milan: 8 hints
Dear friends from Milan, did you know that you only need to travel a few kilometers to get away from the city, be surrounded by nature and discover artistical and cultural landmarks that maybe you have not heard of before?
Then what are you waiting for? Get in the car, hop on your motorbike (or bicycle if youre more of a sportive type) and get going for a pleasant outdoor trip near home!
Here are some proposals for an outdoor trip an hour away from Milan: we have thought to tell you a curious fact about each one, that way you will not wait to get going into your newest journey!
- Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta Lainate (Milan) Why would you want to visit Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta? Because Bach, Stendhal, Foscolo and Cantù were all enthralled by it. These illustrious guests were amazed by its imposing nymphaeum, elaborate furnishings and spectacular waterworks, which at the time were considered some of the most important ones in Northern Italy. For info >
- @crisferraSan Colombano al Lambro (Milan) Perhaps not everybody knows that a wine unique to the Province of Milan is produced here. There is also one of the few hills of the Po Valley that rises up here (just imagine the view from the top!), and such a beautiful castle that Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I had it restored just as it used to be before his army destroyed it.
- Procaccini Castle Chignolo Po (Pavia) If it is called "The Lombard Versailles", it's with good reason! Founded by King Liutprand during his reign, it has hosted Popes, Emperors, poets and artists for over 1200 years. An aristocratic abode like those from the European courts, just a few steps away from the Po river!
- Sant'Alessio Oasis Sant'Alessio con Vialone (Pavia) This magnificent natural reserve is the realization of its owners' two passions. At a very young age they left everything in favor of this project when it wasn't so fashionable: environmental protection and medieval architecture.
- @PioltelloinbiciCascine Park Pioltelllo (Milan) Although this park doesn't feature famous natural or landscape venues, it is a fragment of past history when Milan's plains were a succession of fields dotted by small and medium farms. Major reforestation initiatives, social vegetable gardens and biking trails have been deployed in order to preserve such history and keep local usability and biodiversity.
- Leonardo's Ecomuseum Trezzo sull"Adda (Milan) Leonardo da Vinci furthered his studies here by observing nature and creating daring inventions. He drew inspiration from local landscapes for the backgrounds of several of his paintings, he studied the course of water and designed the Imbersago Ferry and the Naviglio canal of Paderno, which was built three centuries later and is still in use. The Tuscan genius wrote here his famous Codice Atlantico, one of the most important scientific works of its time. For info >
- Villa Arconati Castellazzo di Bollate (Milan) This villa needs your help to get back to its former splendor. You read that right! It was considered one of the most beautiful villas in Lombardy, although it was abandoned by the early twentieth century. Nowadays the Augusto Rancilio Foundation is going through major restoration efforts to bring it back to its original grandeur. Even though there is still a lot of work to be done, a visit to its room and garden will certainly be worth the trip. For info >
- @Flickr_Edoardo-FornerisBosco di Vanzago WWF Oasis Vanzago (Milan) Take a walk in this natural reserve at dawn, when mist covers the plains and deers can be seen next to the woods, a flock of wild ducks flying next to the waters of the lake and white herons that rest on its surface.... It is easy to forget that the big city is just 20 km away from here. For info >