I’ve always thought the backs of churches are more interesting, and thus more attractive, than their facades. This long and somewhat hidden park connects the backyards of both Basilica di San Lorenzo and Basilica Sant’Eustorgio.
Found in-between the busy and almost parallel streets, Corso di Porta Ticinese and Corso Italia, it is not visible from either (although it is cut in half by Via Molino delle Armi). When you are fed up with the traffic and the window-shopping inherent in the streets of Milan, walk through this park instead.
You can bring your dog to play with others in the fenced in areas, as I do, or you can play with other people’s dogs (I also do this). You can bring your children to the playground areas, or play on the swings yourself. Sit on one of the numerous green benches lining the walkways to watch the runners, the dogs, the clouds, and the backs of churches in the crisp winter air. Meet the old man who spends his days, at least the dry ones, on that one particular green bench, greeting his old friends and new acquaintances as they pass by. It’s getting warm enough to bring a picnic and sit in the grass on a red-and-white checkered blanket!
Parco delle Basiliche is known for its huge variety of trees: maples, elms, oaks, pines…. Also, an entrance of the Museo Diocesano religious art museum is in the park as is a gate to the highly contested cheap bar/party street Via Vetere.
Parco delle Basiliche | Relaxing | Free
Piazza della Vetra 1
Oct – Apr 06:30 – 21:00 daily | May – Sep 06:30 – 23:00 daily