The Idroscalo is a large basin fed by spring waters and those originating from the Martesana Naviglio. It was opened as an airport for seaplanes in 1930.
In 1960, the Idroscalo made its mark in the collective memory and in the history of cinema: indeed, the most famous footage from the film "Rocco e i suoi fratelli" - the masterpiece of the famous producer Luchino Visconti - was filmed along its banks.
This body of water is now the heart of a large natural park just outside Milan which offers a wide range of spaces for free time and it can be enjoyed year round.
A meeting place in warm weather, in part thanks to the numerous shows and events organised in summer, it is used all year as a site for water sport competitions. National and international events are held here periodically. Sports activities of all levels are practiced including canoeing, sailing, rowing, water skiing, wakeboard, wakeskate and kitesurf.
There are plenty of pools, tennis courts, football pitches, a horse riding centre, cross-country and mountain bike paths, free climbing facilities, volleyball and basketball courts, a skating area, inline-skating track, convention halls, spaces for concert, theatre performances and exhibitions. There are also restaurants and cafes, and entertainment for the young and old.
The eastern part of the basin is home to the natural oasis "il Laghetto delle Vergini", a protected area filled with plants and rich in fish species. The butterfly path winds around inside it: a path where visitors can observe various butterfly species.