As the heatwave continues across Europe temperatures in Milan are swelteringly high. But if you’re planning to visit for Expo don’t panic. Here's our guide to keeping cool in the city of style...
Take a dip
Milan is blessed with a number of open air swimming pools where locals and those in the know head to cool off in the summer. Here are our top swimming spots in the city...
Ceresio 7: This glamorous rooftop swimming, eating and drinking complex sits atop DSquared2’s head office in Milan. The two pools aren’t massive, but they do offer impressive 360 degree views of the city’s skyline and sun loungers to cool off in style. Enjoy a cocktail by the American Bar or choose from contemporary Italian cuisine delivered by chef Elio Sironi and his team.
Via Ceresio, 7, 20154 Milan, www.ceresio7.com
Lido di Milano: Built in the age of Mussolini this imposing 8000 square metre pool and outdoor sports complex is a Milan institution. This year the Lido has been totally renovated and incorporates a new beach area made up of over 1000 tons of sand that was shipped into the city. Guests can relax on the Balinese sun loungers, enjoy drinks and DJ-sets in the VIP area or play tennis at the outdoor courts.
Piazzale Lotto, 15, 20148, Milan, www.milanosport.it
A full list of the city’s public swimming pools can be accessed on www.milanosport.it (website in Italian only).
Garden at the Sheraton Diana Majestic Hotel
Discover a hidden garden
If you want to escape the noise and heat for a cool drink then head to the hclub>diana bar at the Sheraton Diana Majestic hotel in central Milan. Popular with the Milanese elite this hidden garden offers one of the best aperitivos in the city with DJ sets and events throughout the summer.
Outdoor cinema at the Mercato Metroplitano, source: www.facebook.com
Milan’s grand old buildings and parks are the perfect setting for outdoor cinema. The ARIANTEO programme, that includes both Italian and foreign films, moves around the city to new locations every year. This summer you can find it at the splendid Villa Reale in Monza Park, at Villa Ghirlanda in the north of the city and at the new Mercato Metropolitano near Porta Genova. (Note that films are shown in Italian.)
Various locations around the city www.spaziocinema.info
Leonard's vineyard in Milan, www.vignadileonardo.com
Visit Leonardo’s vineyard
Those looking for something different in Milan should visit Leonardo da Vinci’s newly restored vineyard in Corso Magenta. Da Vinci is best known for being an artist and scientist, but his incredibly wide range of interests also included viticulture.
The garden was given to Da Vinci by the Duke of Milan in payment for painting the Last Supper and remained in existence until the Second World War when it was destroyed during Allied bombing raids. Now, after a decade of research, the garden and vineyards have been lovingly restored by a team of experts and geneticists. The vines have only just been planted this year so you can’t try the Leonardo’s wine quite yet. But nonetheless this tranquil and fascinating spot is well worth a visit.
Corso Magenta 65, 20123, Milan, www.vignadileonardo.com
La Scala, source: Flickr/Anna & Michal
Relax with some opera
If you’re in need of some calming and beautiful music to calm those heat frazzled nerves then an operatic performance of Othello at La Scala ticks all the boxes. And, in case you’re wondering, yes La Scala does have air conditioning.
Lenno, Lake Como
Escape to the lakes
One of the best ways to escape the heat is to head to nearby Lake Como where temperatures are always a few degrees lower than in the city. Explore the grand houses and history or simply hire a speedboat and relax in the sun like the locals...