Length 4.6 km (2.9 miles), terrain: flat
Milano running routes:
Milan Centro Storico old town loop
Milan Navigli canal route
Milan Navigli Grande
Milan Brera/Parco Sempione route
For more running routes, see Route List.
Brera is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Milan, with its little lanes lined by interesting bars, restaurants and antique shops. And nearby Parco Sempione, with its extensive gardens and giant castle, is the perfect section of green-space to complement it.
|Statue in Brera|
So, if you're ready to discover another great Milan neighborhood, off we go!
|There are more pigeons than tourists out front of the Duomo|
Turn north and head through the giant archway into the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping center, with its marble floors and glass dome. You'll have to zig-zag through the shoppers, but we'll soon be out of here.
You'll exit into a little square, the Piazza della Scala, with its statue of Leonardo da Vinci. Across the street, on the left is Milan's famous opera house, La Scala, with the historic trams of Line 1 rolling by.
|Tram in front of La Scala|
The right-hand palace houses the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the oldest art museums in the world. You can run into the courtyard, dominated by the big bronze statue of Napoleon, who donated a lot of artwork to the museum after closing down numerous Catholic Church institutions.
|At the Pinacoteca|
Turn left at the first bar, into the pedestrian lane called Via Fiori Chiari, running westwards. This is one of my favorite streets in town, with a relaxed mix of boutiques and restaurants. The street gets narrower as you run westwards.
|Fiori Chiari restaurants|
In just a block, you'll pass a church with its little courtyard on the left. Turn left onto the the pedestrian way just after the churchyard, Via Visconti.
This will take you to the street and tram-line that edge the northeast corner of Parco Sempione, at Via Legnano. Keep to the right side and cross the tram tracks and street, and you'll find yourself at the park gate, facing the old sports arena within.
|Entering Parco Sempione, with arena straight ahead|
Circle the arena back to its western entrance, where you are facing south. Now turn right and cross the park westwards.
|The western entrance to the arena|
|Runner crossing the park, with the castle in background|
|Running along the castle walls|
|Heading into Via Dante|
|Musician on Via dei Mercanti|