Family Travel Ideas in Milan

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National Museum of Science and Technology

The Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, Italy is an amazing place to take a family or a large group of people traveling together. There are numerous exhibits to see and several different areas to explore. Everyone will find something that they enjoy. A popular exhibit at the museum is the Leonardo Gallery, which houses a reproduction painting of The Last Supper . This one is much easier to veiw and study all of the details than the original at Santa Maria della Grazie. Aside from being an incredible artists, Leonardo was also a genius inventor. Models made from the drawings of his inventions are on display. You will be talking about his amazing imagination as you see models of parachutes, self-propelled cars, and gliders.

In the Rail Transportation Building there is a recreation of a large rail station. A collection of steam locomotives and trams are additionally in this area of the museum. The Air and Sea Transportation Building is home to two 19th Century masted sailing ships and an ocean liner. Many model ships and naval weapons complete the collections in this section of the Museum of Science and Technology. Children, if they are not yet amazed by the wonders inside, will adore the Hands-on-Playground outside. Kids can play with different exhibits, such as water scales and levers. Admission to the museum will cost $8 Euros per person, but there are special family rates that include $6 Euros per parent and $3 Euros per child. Operating hours are Tuesday through Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. The museum is closed on Monday and Sunday.

Giardini Pubblici

The Giardini Pubblici is the oldest park in Milan. The park consists of a large green area to have a picnic or just sit and enjoy the scenery. This is also a wonderful area for children to wear off some energy and just play. With all the walking that you will be doing while in Milan, finding a place just to relax and rest your feet is a true find. Giardini Pubblici offers a refreshing break from the busy city streets. While at the park you should also stop by the Municipal Museum of Natural History. It is located in Giardini Pubblici and holds a wide variety of mineral, fossil, and insect exhibits. Children and adults alike will enjoy the dinosaur skeletons that are on display. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and cost $3 Euros for adults. Children are free.

Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzeco is a centerpiece of the city of Milan and it also played a role in Italian history. During the Renaissance the castel was owned by the Sforzesco family. Napoleon and his troops took over the castle, but today it is a must-see for Milan visitors. The beautifully restored castle is composed of a dried up medieval moat, circular towers, courtyards, and old gates. The rooms in the castle were decorated by Leonardo da Vinci and the castle as a whole is still a true delight to witness. Castello Sforzesco is free to enter. It is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm in the winter and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm in the summer. Keep a close eye on small children as your explore the uneven walkways and steep stairs of the castle.

November 18, 2009 new by samanthalp

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