Five spectacular running trails in Milan

Milan is a beautiful Italian metropolis, full of esteemed restaurants, exquisite stores, and high-end entertainment. A day spent walking the streets of the city can certainly help anyone rack up a high step-count and burn some serious calories, but for those living sedentary lifestyles this just might not be enough to satisfy. Here are five of Milan’s top-tier running trails, perfect for people trying to explore Milan and have fun while staying fit.

Sempione Park 

Rated one of Milan’s most beautiful parks by travel websites such as TripAdvisor and Viator, Sempione Park offers a beautiful view of Sforza Castle and the Arch of Peace. The running trail also passes the Civic Aquarium, the Civic Arena, and the Palace of Art. At 38.6 hectares, Sempione is one of the largest parks in Milan and offers additional space for football, frisbee and basketball. For families with younger children, there is a play area with swing sets and slides. The landscape is relatively flat and paths are well-marked for convenience.Address: Piazza Sempione and 7 other entrancesDistance: 3-4 km

Difficulty: Low

Hours: 06.30 to sunset daily

Monte Stella 

Monte Stella, nicknamed the “little mountain of San Siro”, is an artificial hill created in the 1950s using debris and rubble from buildings bombed during WWII and the mediaeval city walls. At 45 mt tall, Monte Stella and the surrounding park offer an excellent opportunity for a high-intensity workout. Somewhat smaller than Sempione Park, Monte Stella is only 37 hectares and tends to be both a little quieter and less crowded. On a clear day, the Alps and Apennines can be seen from the top of the hill.Address: QT8 district, 4 entrancesDistance: 3-6 km (multiple routes)

Difficulty: High

Hours: no fencing 

Lambro Park 

Lambro Park is surrounded by the Milanese districts of Cimiano, Feltre, and Rottole. Another of Milan’s largest parks, the 73 hectares of green space contain artificial hills, small bodies of water and beautiful expanses of treeline. With eight different entrances and clear pathways, it is a popular destination for runners and walkers. Recent additions to the park include workout stations with gym equipment to strengthen back, shoulders, and core muscles. Address: Feltre quarter, 8 entrancesDistance: 3-5 km

Difficulty: Low

Hours: no fencing

Idroscalo Park 

Opened in 1930 as an airport for seaplanes, Idroscalo is a 2.6 km long artificial lake fed by spring water and the Martesana Canal. Nicknamed “Milan beach”, the lake now hosts a variety of water sport and entertainment events. The running track surrounding the water is about 6.7 km long and has clear signage, four primary entrances, and beautiful scenery. Aside from the main track, the park also offers a 2 km grass track for cross country training and a life course for free-body exercises. Address: Via Circonvallazione, Segrate, and 3 other entrancesDistance: 5-6 km

Difficulty: Moderate

Hours: no fencing 

Aldo Aniasi Park 

 At 59 hectares, Aldo Aniasi Park is another of Milan’s largest parks and green spaces. Previously called Parco di Trenno, the park was renamed in 2013 for a former mayor of Milan. Aside from a 4 km track, there are plenty of biking and running trails for those in search of a long run. The park primarily features long, straight pathways and open fields for additional sports or physical activity. Long rows of trees provide shade during Milan’s warmer seasons.

Address: Trenno quarter, 5 entrances

Distance: 13-14 km

Difficulty: High

Hours: no fencing

In collaboration with the American University of Rome

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Zachary Charles Smith
Zachary Charles Smith
Zach Smith is an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama, originally from South Elgin, Illinois. He is currently earning his Bachelor of Arts in English, with minors in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Linguistics. Zach is using his experiences in Rome and throughout Europe to enhance his writing and gain a greater perspective into the world around him. In his free time, he is an avid reader, adventurer, and poet.
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