The Italian summer can be really hot and a list of cool and refreshing places in Milan, Florence and Rome can be useful to find places away from the crowd where you can cool down for a while.
Pic-nic in the park
In the last few years in Milan have been inaugurated 18 new parks…not bad! For a different afternoon, you can consider to go to one of them, and maybe having a picnic there J. You don’t need to bring blankets and baskets, that’s Milan and you can find everything! Our address for a pic-nic is California Bakery (right in front of Sant’Eustorgio, one of the oldest churches of Milan), there they’ll provide you everything you need for a pic nic (blankets and pillows included) and the only thing you’ll have to do is to find a nice spot in the park behind, relax and experience the city away from the crowd and the heat of the center.
Cycling along the canals
Another option could be to rent a bike and cycle along one of the canals still remaining in the city, like the Naviglio della Martesana or the Naviglio Pavese. In few minutes you’ll leave the city and you’ll be seduced by the peace and the beauty of the nature and of the retreats and farms which line the canals.
Arno river cruise
Can you imagine the feeling of passing under the Ponte Vecchio on a traditional Florentine boat? These boats are called “barchetti” and offer tours conducted by experienced boatmen, who will tell you the story and stories of the monuments you’ll pass by.
Giardino di Boboli
Maybe is predicted, but every time we go there, we’re hooked by the beauty of this park. The Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens) is one of the most important Italian Renaissance gardens in the world and houses pieces of art dating back dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, mixed with some Roman relics. One of the features of the park is the cave designed by Buontalenti (yes, the same who invented the gelato), an unreal space decorated by stalactites and populated by fauns. But this cave is not the only one, have fun exploring all the corners of this garden 111 acres wide.
The catacombs of St.Callixtus
Ok, what’s more refreshing than caves? And the Eternal City is famous for its “artificial caves”: the catacombs. The catacombs of St.Callixtus are among the greatest and most important of Rome and visiting them, you’ll forget the loud and the crowd of Rome and delve into a journey into the history, visiting the place where the early Christians had to hide during the persecutions. See the symbols on the walls and learn their meanings, and when you’ll re-emerge you’ll be ready for another rush of monuments 😉
If you maybe prefer leafy places, then pick one of the several beautiful parks of the city. We’d suggest you to go to the less known ones, like the Botanical Garden. This park near Trastevere, is a veritable forest in the very center of the city, cared by the Department of Environmental Biology of the Sapienza University. Walking through roses, bamboo forests and zen gardens, at some point you’ll reach the hill heart of the garden, which offers stunning views over the city.
Sometimes our clients tell us that in Italy really seems that people know how to enjoy life..then do like us, take it easy, take a break and experience the beauty and the soul of these cities!