Home to Italy’s biggest and best science museum, a castle and grand park, turn-of-the-century trams and canal cruises, Milan is more child-friendly than most imagine.
- Duomo Terraces
Few sights are as thrilling as a walk among the saints and gargoyles atop Milan’s Duomo; only suitable for children over six years old. Family tours of the Duomo are also possible.
- Science Museum
Would-be inventors and geeks of all ages will enjoy hours of fun in the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, which is filled with steam trains, Leonardo da Vinci models and a full-sized submarine.
- Historic Tram Tour
Tour the city in Milan’s historic 1920s tram No. 1. Adults pay €1.50, children under 10 ride free. See the ATM website for details.
- Torre Branca
Ride the tiny lift to the top of Gio Ponti’s Meccano-like Torre Branca for a bird’s-eye view of Castello Sforzesco.
- Family-friendly Tours
Take a tour with Ad Artem around the battlements of the Castello Sforzesco or join one of its art labs at the Museo del Novecento.
Admission Prices & Transport Fares
Entry to state museums is free for under-18s. Free entry at privately owned institutions is often restricted to children under 12 years old, with reduced fees applying to those between 12 and 18 years old.
Under-10s travel free on the public transport network. ID may be requested.
Need to Know
- When to Go Families should avoid visiting Milan during the Salone (April) and the hot summer months of July and August; mosquitos are present around the canals during summer.
- Restaurants High chairs are usually available and although kids’ menus are rare, it’s perfectly acceptable to order a mezzo piatto (half-portion).
- Babysitting Get a babysitter at zer0 zer0 Sitter (www.zerozerositter.it).