As the sun comes out and the summer reaches its peak, there is no hiding from the scorching heat, especially in a metropolitan like Milan. Instead of wasting away the summer, why won’t you make the most out of the clear blue sky and the shimmering sunlight and unplug from the hectic rush of everyday life? Let these five pastimes enliven your summer.
Cool down at a swimming pool — Bagni Misteriosi
Born from the reconstruction of the former Caimi swimming pool, Bagni Misteriosi, or the Mysterious Baths, is the soothing idyll tailor-made for the summer heat. Admire the reflection of the clear blue sky and cool off at various pools — one dedicated to children with a fountain adorned with flamingo statues, while the other, an Olympic-sized pool, being for adults. Besides the swimming, you can enjoy a quintessential aperitivo under the shade of white tents or doze off on hammocks, basking in the warm sunlight, if a summer tan is on the wishlist.
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Have a gelato — Ciacco
Nothing says summertime in Milan more than the tempting gelato, and in the search for the perfect cup, sometimes less is more. Created by Stefano Guizzetti, Ciacco’s gelato is free of any artificial or natural additive. Only milk or water, sugar, proteins and vegetable fibres make up the body of the gelato, while carefully selected ingredients, such as Bronte pistachio and organic matcha from Japan, alongside fresh fruit strictly in season, yield the beautiful flavours. The result is delicious gelato with a genuine taste, ranging from the classic “Fior di Latte” to the bold “Erda Longa” with Spadona pear candied with cinnamon.
Visit a museum — Magnum’s First
Escape the summer sun inside Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini with the first exhibition in Milan dedicated to Magnum Photos, the legendary alliance of some of the world’s most renowned photographers. Titled “Magnum’s First,” the exhibition is a tribute to the first Magnum group exhibition, Gesicht der Zeit, presented in five Austrian cities between June 1955 and February 1956. It is composed of 83 black and white vintage prints — some unvarnished, some romantic — that account for the eight photo essays by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, Inge Morath, Jean Marquis, Werner Bischof, Ernst Haas, Robert Capa and Erich Lessing.
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Watch a movie outside — Cinema Bianchini
For those who want to savour the night’s breeze, look no further than Cinema Bianchini — an outdoor movie theater located on the rooftops of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The set-up spotlights not only the best classics but also arthouse films over the last 60 years signed by Medusa and Cineteca Italiana. From “Don Camillo” to “Gosford Park,” let the magic of cinema transport you to another time and place and unwind from the sweltering daylight, while enjoying small dessert offered by Pasticceria Panarello. All this, and the panoramic views of Duomo and the glass dome of the arcade itself, makes the experience unforgettable.
Relax at a Spa — Shiseido Spa Milan
An occasional visit to the spa is a terrific idea all year round, but especially in this period of hot weather, allowing your body and mind to de-stress is vital. Enter the Shiseido Spa Milan and discover Japanese savoir-faire: massages that combine Western and Eastern traditions, facials that purify and refine, and wellness journeys that focus on senses and energy. An indoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, Hamman and treatment rooms are also available. With the famous products from the eponymous skincare line, Shiseido's takes a holistic approach with scents and textures combined to ensure you leave feeling radiant and rejuvenated.
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