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SPORT IN MONZA PARK
Like London’s Hyde Park or Munich’s Englischer Garten, Monza Park is a place where people go to take walks, go on bike rides and practice sports outside. The largest enclosed park in Europe, Monza Park was commissioned by Napoleon in 1805. At 700 hectares, it is nearly three times the size of the Gardens of Versailles, making it the ideal location for runners of all ages. Four trails have been created for those who love to pound the ground, taking in tree-lined boulevards, the Bosco Bello and the banks of the Lambro, with different colours denoting the length of each route (yellow: 3km; blue: 5km; red: 10km; green: half marathon, 21km). Park-goers can also use the space to engage in a spot of Nordic walking, fencing, shiatzu, tai chi, chi kung and yoga. In the summer, the Olympic-sized pool – situated nearby to the racetrack – is filled with swimmers. Undoubtedly the best way to explore all the hidden nooks and crannies of this Garden of Eden – such as the 11 old farmsteads, the mills, the 17th-century Villa Mirabello and 18th-century Villa Mirabellino, plus a variety of restaurants and refreshment points – is to rent a bicycle from Cascina Bastia any time from March to October and pedal freely through the green. Alternatively, you can follow an interactive trail using the Reggia Monza app.