9 Exciting (Non-Salone!) Things to See and Do While in Milan

Heading to Milan but want to escape the Salone del Mobile bubble? Metropolis has put together this diverse list of activities, exhibitions, and local destinations.

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The Mysterious Baths
Bagni Misteriosi (or mysterious bath) is a recently-restored public pool complex that was built in the 1930s. (Back then, it was called Centro Balneare Caimi.) Despite its extraordinary architecture, the venue was abandoned for many years and just recently made a comeback thanks to a push from local groups. This open-air, public pool is now part of the Franco Parenti Theater and hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year. During design week the venue will be the center of the newly created Parenti design district. Click here to learn more. Courtesy Bagni Misteriosi

Each year in early April, the world of design focuses on Milan for its Salone del Mobile. Now in its 58th edition, the fair runs this year from April 9 to 14 and will include more than 2,300 exhibitors showcasing thousands of new furniture pieces. The design frenzy also percolates into the city center with Fuori Salone, a whirlwind of vernissages, special openings, art installations, and parties that spill into streets and courtyards. It’s wonderful but potentially overwhelming. If you need a break from the onslaught of new chairs and light fixtures, Milan has a lot to offer. Here’s a short list of activities, exhibitions, and places that will help visitors—even the veteran attendees—escape the Salone bubble and see another side of Milan.

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