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“An oasis behind the busy streets”

Parco Papa Giovanni Paolo II (Parco delle Basiliche)
Ranked #173 of 1,001 things to do in Milan
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

A nice little park in the shadow of two basilicas. Go on a sunny day for nap or pick nick.

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Reviewed July 20, 2011

The parco delle basiliche could be easily missed by the busy tourist, but even if it's not a "must see" it's certainly worth a glance.
It starts from the back of San Lorenzo Cathedral (the one with the roman columns in front) and reach the back of another famous Milan's church: Sant'Eustorgio. The visit of both churches with their "secrets" (Sant'Aquilino and Portinari chapels) is of course highly recommended, like the visit at Museo Diocesano that is in the middle of the park, but for those see the relevant reviews.
The park is quite well kept, cut in two halves by a road and have three small playground areas for kids and two fenced area for dogs. The water of the green fountains is fresh and perfectly drinkable, like all the comunal fountains in Milan. The real plus is the central position, perfect for a fresh rest while walking around Milan center, and the sight of the back of San Lorenzo church that reveals the complexity of the structure, dating some 16 centuries back in time. There are many treats around the park selling goodies to eat under a tree: for example the excellent Ice creams by Grom some 100mt outside the park on the road crossing it or even the complete picnic set with basket and blanket rent by the California Bakery on the side of Sant'Eustorgio.
The only minus is that sometimes the lawn close to San Lorenzo could be filled by groups of youngs smoking or drinking, but going beyond the punk look, usually they are simply enjoying the park as you do, so if you stay on the path you don't even come close to them and the area is well controlled by guards and cameras, so it is to be considered perfectly safe. I often go there with my kids and never had any problem.

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