Where to Ice-Skate in Milan: the Best Rinks in Town

November 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Giulia Minero

Giulia_Minero_BioA Piedmontese city reporter keen on travels and culture, in love with Milan’s vitality. She collaborates with Where Milan to share her passions with international visitors and to promote the most suggestive experiences, to make each trip in the capital of fashion unique.
Let’s admit it, during the winter season, though incredibly cold at times, every city acquires a special, almost magic allure. With the advent of Christmas, Milan enriches its yet wide offer with Christmas markets set in the most characteristic venues of the city and with fun, temporary ice-skating spots designed to amaze both Milanese and tourists. I guess everyone, at least once in his life, has wished to spend a movie-like afternoon skating on the shade of skyscrapers and majestic Christmas trees at the famous Rockefeller Centre in New York… Good news for you! There’s no need to go that far, as Milan from the first days in December until mid-January boasts a great variety of skating venues in the city’s most vibrant areas and suitable for both experts and amateurs. Take a look at our selection and… let’s take a glide!

Il Villaggio delle Meraviglie – The Marvel Village at the Indro Montanelli Gardens


Great green hubs, small lakes, historic villas and museums are just some of the offers the Indro Montanelli Gardens can boast. Set just a short distance from the Duomo, this majestic park on 3 December renews a peerless Christmas tradition with one of the two most famous covered ice rinks in the city where kids and adults can practice their best ice-skating moves and choreographies or just have fun in the heart of the city. Those keen on shopping for Christmas gifts, food and small objects won’t be deceived by the stands and small shops set inside the Village, located all around the rink. Feeling the festive vibes have never been easier thanks to the 5D Cinema in the gardens screening the best of Christmas-themed movies for a sweet revival experience. Ticket price 8 € (adults), 6 € (for children under 10).
The ice-rink is open daily 10am-9pm until 8 January. Special timetables are held on 24 December (10am-6pm), 25 (3pm-7pm) and 31 December (10am-6pm and 10pm-4am).

Viale Bianca Maria, 11
M1 (red line) Palestro – M1 (red line) Porta Venezia

Gae Aulenti on Ice – Piazza Gae Aulenti


Whoever said activities on ice are just about ice-skating might be wrong as the great rinks in the renowned Gae Aulenti Square reveal. Set in the heart of Milan’s futuristic district Porta Nuova, this temporary setting features the widest ice-skating rink located in the heart of the city  dedicated to free skating, where visitors of all ages can enjoy lessons carried out by the resident official teacher Vintaly Ivaschinka, member of Milano Rossoblu Hockey. Enjoy a cheerful atmosphere born from a meld of traditional Christmas sports and an innovative location offering any facility its guests might need, from cafeterias to bookshops, from restaurants to exclusive boutiques.
Open from 12 November to 14 February Mon-Fri 4pm-10pm; Sat-Sun and festive days 11am-10pm. 

Piazza Gae Aulenti
M2 (green line) – M5 (purple line) Garibaldi FS

Mediolanum Forum Assago


For those in search of an interesting venue to spend a fun weekend whether with their family or with their beloved ones or friends, the research might be over! The well-known Forum in Assago, set just a little apart from the city centre has a lot to offer, boasting an impressive rink where its guests can both enjoy free skating and taking lessons for beginner or upper-intermediate skaters from experienced trainers. An morning, afternoon or evening on ice is an appealing choice, but a night on the ice skates is an exclusive offer not everyone can feature. Indeed, at Mediolanum Forum guests can have fun until late at night, for a long lasting sliding experience and, on Saturdays, dance on ice on the notes of their favourite music. Ticket price 8 €, free access for kids under 3. The price for classes for children from 4 to 10 years costs 5 €.

The ice-skating area at the forum is open Friday 9.30pm-1.30am; Saturday 3.30pm-6.30pm and Sunday 10am-12pm.

Via G.di Vittorio, 6
M2 (green line) Assago Milanofiori Forum 

Ice Skating Rink in Città di Lombardia Square


Winter 2016 has marked the opening of a brand-new, spectacular ice-skating rink located underneath Palazzo Lombardia. Nestled within the regional administration palace, this covered new destination for ice lovers offers ice skates for rent and features countless sport possibilities, from free-style gliding to skating lessons, enhanced by special hockey and acrobatic ice-skating live performances held by professionals and champions of the sector. Ticket price with ice skates rent 5 euros per hour.

The ice skating rink is open until 14 February on week days 4pm-10pm and on festive days 11am-10pm. 

Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1
M2 (green line) Gioia

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