Bagni Misteriosi, Porta Romana

After years of abandonment, the Pier Lombardo Fondazione (the organisation behind the nearby Franco Parenti theatre) decided to revive this 1930s gem. Another masterpiece by rationalist architect Luigi Secchi, today Bagni Misteriosi features two beautifully restored public pools and wide terraces popular with locals looking to catch some rays. In summer, fees range according to the time of day. On Thursdays, the pools are open until midnight. 

18 Via Carlo Botta, 20135 
+39 02 8973 1800 

Arena Civica Gianni Brera, Sempione

Grab your running shoes and enjoy a few laps around this 19th-century stadium, which hosts sporting events and concerts alike. The 400-metre, eight-lane track is open to the public year-round and includes high jump, long jump and javelin platforms. If you’re into team sports there are areas for football, basketball and rugby. Patti Smith and Sting have held concerts here and, with some 30,000 seats for spectators, runners feel as though they’re in the limelight too.

2 Viale Giorgio Byron, 20154

QC Termemilano, Porta Romana 

Inspired by the philosophy of ancient baths, this hidden oasis in the city centre is housed in an 1800s building that was originally a depot for horse-drawn trams. Book an indoor session to enjoy the various saunas and steam baths, not forgetting the salt room, hydro-massage and waterfall to fully relax your muscles. Or head outdoors, where Roman ruins surround groundwater whirlpools heated to 37C, and you’ll find the world’s only tram converted into a sauna. Reserve a daytime slot or visit during the evening to relax under the stars.

2 Piazzale Medaglie d’Oro, 20135 
+39 02 5519 9367 

Images: Alamy, Luigi Fiano

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