Business travelers ask me all the time where they can run in Milan. I’m not a runner (though I wish I were – it’s so convenient for travel!) but I do pack my roller blades in my suitcase sometimes.
For short distances, the Parco Sempione (marked on the map below) in Milan’s historic center is probably just fine. Runners can certainly also just jog through the city center, though don’t plan on seeing any Italians doing the same. And please be careful of the traffic, or try to stay mainly on pedestrian streets. I’ve seen many a tourist jog through Piazza Duomo (usually marked by fluorescent white running shoes), but there’s a better and much bigger park just 20 minutes away.
The Parco Nord has a series of paved paths, perfect for running, roller blading, or going for a somewhat leisurely cycle. Take a taxi or, on public transportation, ride the yellow subway line to Zara and then get the tram up Viale Fulvio Testi. You’ll also be surrounded by people playing soccer, frisbee, or just lying in the sun. Especially on weekends, it will be busy enough that you’ll be safe going alone. Just don’t go after dark, and if you don’t have a good sense of direction, get a map before you go.
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Photo of cycling path by Conanil
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