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We started our two-week tour of Northern Italy in Milan, which was a great start to the trip. It is the city to visit for high-end fashion and delicious food. Traveling with a toddler, we had to manage our expectations. This is what we learned from traveling to Milan with kids.
How much time do you need in Milan with kids?
Milan is a relatively small city. We had two days in Milan, which was sufficient time to travel to Milan with kids.
Things to see and do in Milan with kids
Duomo square and climbing the roof of the duomo
The Duomo Square and Cathedral is a must-see attractions in Millan. The Duomo Plaza is quite large and is a must-have photo opportunity. My son loved chasing the pigeons here, but it was very crowded.
If you have the opportunity to climb the roof and are not afraid of heights- I would add it to the list! You can have a closer look at many of the steeples, and also have a beautiful view of the city.
We purchased a “skip the line” pass that allowed us to use the elevator to get up. However, we were required to climb the stairs to get down. I would say that this portion is not stroller friendly.
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
If you love shopping, this is the place to visit! This famous gallery hosts several high-end fashion designers. You can find many restaurants, bakeries, and cafes. It is beautiful, but we found it a bit too crowded walking around with our toddler in April. Utilizing a stroller would have been a challenge.
sforza castle grounds
The castle is beautiful, and the grounds are very well maintained. We found the lawn a great area for our two-year-old to run around. We didn’t visit the inside of the castle, but the outside is a must-see. It’s a great location for a family picnic.
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I recommend you visit Parco Sempione if you are traveling Milan with kids. It is a city park and covers well over 80 acres. You can easily access it while passing through the Sforza Castle Grounds. Walking through, you will see the beautiful Arch of Peace, with several surrounding restaurants.
Our favorite portion of the park we visited was the children’s center. This area had a variety of rides for little kids, including bumper cars that allowed parents to ride, and a miniature train ride. You can easily spend a few hours in this gorgeous park.
Here is some additional information, including the map, opening hours, and how to access it via public transportation. Read here
Milan activities that are great for the entire family
We booked an excellent one through AirBnB. There are so many to choose from! You could even book a cooking class if your kids are a little older!
Take advantage and spend quality time in the parks. It is worth getting out of the city for your little kids to run around away from the crowds.
Enjoy the tasty gelato! The gelaterias are easy to find!
Milan areas to avoid with kids
Milan isn’t large, and I wouldn’t say there were any areas we encountered to avoid per se. I suggest visiting the Duomo Square and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Galleria). We went in April, and these main plazas were bustling. Visit here to check it off the bucket list, but I suggest you be cautious with your little kids running around. There are busy roads very close to the plazas. My son loves chasing the pigeons, but it was a particularly stressful area for us. If you don’t like crowds, it may be an area to avoid if you are visiting during the Spring and Summer months.
Essential items for experiencing Milan, Italy, with a toddler or baby
- Carrier (or sturdy stroller)
- Travel crib
- Travel high chair
- Always carry a diaper bag with everyday essentials
If you plan on traveling light, you can look into renting items for your little one through MammaMamma. Be sure to research and book ahead of time. I didn’t use them, but I did look into it before our trip.
How to get around traveling Milan with kids
My husband and I found it reasonably easy to walk Milan, especially since we brought the baby carrier instead of the stroller.
Public transportation, such as buses and trains, was easy to access. Children under two travel for free on Trenitalia trains in Italy. You can read more here.
We didn’t bring our car seats, so we avoided all transportation via cars.
Is Milan expensive
We found that Milan was one of the more expensive cities on our two-week tour of Northern Italy.
Is Milan stroller friendly
Milan did appear to be stroller friendly. However, I would discourage any stroller use at some sites, such as climbing the Duomo. Many streets are cobblestones; invest in a small, sturdy stroller if you bring one. We preferred bringing a carrier on our trip to Italy.
Where to stay in Milan with kids
Although I researched many family-friendly hotels, we chose to stay in Airbnb.
You can easily search for family-friendly hotels and book them here through Booking.com.
What to know about eating in Milan
In Italy, restaurants don’t typically open for dinner until 7:30. This was particularly late for us, as that is my son’s bedtime. We prioritized lunch outside at the local parks or isolated plazas that allowed my son to run around. We ate dinner at Osteria Mamma Rosa (initially because it opened before 7:30) and had such a fantastic experience, that we ate there twice. The food was delicious, and the staff was incredible. Visit the site here: Osteria Mamma Rosa
Good to-know tips:
Many restaurants don’t have a children’s menu but provide a small spaghetti with tomato sauce dish upon request.
Many restaurants didn’t have high chairs (our dinner restaurant Osteria Mamma Rosa did provide a booster seat).
A main dish you must try: Risotto
How to get to Milan
Milan Malpensa International Airport (MXP). You can easily access the site by clicking here
Milan Linate Airport. You can access the official site by clicking here.
Milano Centrale. We purchased all of our train tickets through Trenitalia.
Is traveling to Milan with kids worth it?
Absolutely! I considered Milan child friendly. I recommend booking for tours ahead of time and taking advantage of any “skip the line” tickets. We didn’t have the opportunity to see The Last Supper, but avoiding museums with my toddler is best. Remember, traveling with a toddler is an adventure, not a vacation! Always find moments to practice patience throughout the trip. Keep in my that travel can be hard on little ones.