Summer is so often the best time to travel and experience new places. Maybe it is the hot sunny days and long warm evenings – perfect for chilling outdoors – that make summer the ideal time to encourage new friendships and unforgettable experiences!
If you are studying Italian, you will already know that learning a new language requires a lot of commitment. That’s why, during your free time, being in a city that offers you plenty of options makes it easier to make the most of your stay abroad!
For this reason a Study Holiday in Milan offers a unique experience. From June to September the roads free up of cars and passers-by, making it easier to visit the main attractions of the city centre, although the city never empties completely. Indeed, there are always events and opportunities to stay outdoors ‘al fresco’ experiencing the vibrant local culture and practising your Italian.
In addition to city guided tours organized by ELLCI, here are some tips to enjoy the city after your hours of productive study at school:
1. Relax in a place between water and theatre: the art nouveau pool
Caimi, the historic art nouveau pool from the ’30s, reopens to the public on June 23 following restoration works. It will be open Monday to Friday from 14.00 onwards. The swimming pool, adjacent to the Teatro Franco Parenti, will also host events, performances and courses for all ages, keeping true t0 the original ‘30s design. Info > la piscina Caimi
2. Sport and sun at Idroscalo, “The sea of the Milan”
The seaplane base (Idroscalo) was also opened in the ’30s, and was soon nicknamed “The sea of Milan.” Since then, it has established itself as a fantastic summer meeting place for socialising, sports clubs and leisure activities. For those of you with a mind to relax you can sunbathe then cool off in the two outdoor swimming pools surrounded by lush greenery, and for those of you with a more sporting nature, you can take full advantage of the numerous sports activities.. Info > www.idroscalomilano.com
3. Re-visit the international spirit of Expo
The exhibition space dedicated to Expo 2015 opens again for free and becomes a complex that will house exhibitions, sports and concerts. From Friday to Sunday, from 14.30 to 23.00, there is free access to: 5 of the XXI Triennial exhibitions; Planetarium Vegetable garden with 9000 plants, vegetables and herbs; Open Air Theatre for concerts and shows; light shows of the Tree of Life; and beach and sport area. The organisers hope the expo will offer something for everyone all in one dedicated space. Info > www.experiencemilano.it
4. A summer of concerts
From June 10 to August 7, 2016 Market Sound, a Festival at Mercati Generali in Milan, inaugurates its Second Edition. A packed programme of live concerts, filled with the great names of Italian and international music, quality food for all tastes and fun – including a relaxation area and beach volleyball. Info > marketsound.it
5. Discovering the countryside in Milan
Milan isn’t just skyscrapers, but a city to discover, to get lost in, fall in love with and to stumble across unexpected locations! One such location is Cascina Martesana. In the early 1900s this was the set of “El bagnin de Gorla” a pool for men only, adapted from a canal. In the last few years Cascina Martesana has once again become a public and shared place, a meeting place for grilling, kicking back and relaxing outdoors amongst the local Milaneses. Info > www.cascinamartesana.com
6. Cinema under the stars
From June 1 to September 15 AriAnteo once again returns to Milan. An event that for almost thirty years has brought outdoor cinema to some of the most beautiful and evocative locations in Milan. 5 squares are dedicated to the cinema: the Royal Palace, Cloister Glicini of the Humane Society, Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, Cloister dell’Incoronata and Piazza Tre Torri, all of which offer the opportunity to experience cinematic masterpieces framed by beautiful architecture with an atmosphere like no other. Info > www.spaziocinema.info