Oasi di Sant'Alessio - connect with nature just outside Milan
Yes, I use quite often the term “oasis” in my articles about the Milanese churches. An oasis is a fertile spot in a desert, where water is found.
When I’m visiting these churches I get another opportunity to remember that Jesus told us in John 4:14: “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.”, and these are one of the places where I like to hear the Word of God and find refuge in Him.
Today I choose to share with you another kind of oasis. An oasis in the nature and about the nature. As much fun, beautiful and vibrant of a city Milan is, sometimes it can get overwhelming and you might feel the need to escape it just for a little while. This one is for all of you that visit Milan and stay here for a longer time.
Oasi di Sant’Alessio is just the right place for you if you like nature and animals but want to be relatively close to the city. Also, is the right place for wildlife photographers, families or anyone in love with nature.
In this article we will explore:
Activities & Attractions
How to get there
Activities & Attractions
· Every day except Tuesdays, at 2.30pm flight demonstration of hawks, eagles, owls
and occasionally parrots. The whole time you’ll be given information about the different species, their history and current situation. It’s really cool and is different from a trained animal show; it’s rather a demonstration of collaboration between human and birds of prey.
· You can follow 3 different paths: the European one, the Tropical one and the Butterfly and Hummingbird path. Each one of these paths introduces several species from each area of the world.
· In the Butterfly and Hummingbird path you have the unique possibility (at least for some of you) to see these wonderful creatures up close and photograph them.
· This place was the first Italian center to breed "endangered" species. Having, for example, successfully reintroduced almost 700 specimens of White Stork, making this species now quite widespread in Lombardy and Piedmont.
How to get there?
The Oasis is located 25 km from Milan, so less than 1 hour driving if you rent a car, or 1.5 hours with the public transportation. For that you have to reach the bus station Romolo (reach there from whenever you are with the metro: on the green line) and take bus no.94 until San Alessio con Vialone bus station (make sure to ask the driver where is it otherwise he might skip stopping in some of the stations). From there just ask anyone or simply use the GPS because is only 5 min walking.
This Oasis deserve its name and fame, because is very different from a zoo. Here the animals seem to be integrated with the park’s design and construction, right in the middle of the nature.
If you want a truly Italian experience while visiting the North of Italy, try this Oasis and get to know and experience the approach of the locals on nature in this incredibly original place!
Don't forget to check their official website for the official program and news!
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