Holland is well known for having a great selection of tulips, but the idea of finding a field with those beautiful flowers in Italy was crazy, up until this March, when a Dutch couple, Edwin Koeman and Nitsuhe Wolanios, decided to launch a U-Pick project near Milan. Their plan is to transform this garden into the happiest place in Milan. The project can be followed on their Facebook page Tulipani italiani. This big garden has 250.000 tulips of more than 183 different varieties.
I happened to be in Milan for a concert and I decided to give it a look and see if it was worth the visit. Believe me, it was. If you find yourself around here in the month of April, I highly recommend you go check it out. It’s a great way to connect with nature and at the same time it was fun to learn something new about the tulips, like how to pick them.
What is U-Pick
U-Pick is a farm related type of marketing which encourages the consumers to harvest the products themselves. In italy, this tulips project is the first based on the U-Pick model. It’s largely used in America, New Zealand and many other countries.
How Does It Work
It’s very simple. Basically, visitors can enter the garden and pick the flowers that they want, shoot some photos and just relax for a bit outside the chaos of the city. At the entrance they will give you a bucket where you can place the flowers that you pick. Very important, in no way these tulips have been treated with herbicides or anything of the sort.
When You Can Go
Everyday from March to the end of April, when the blooming takes place. The field is open everyday from 9 to 19.30. The tulips that you can pick are those in the middle of the field, while on the sides you’ll find three lines planted for exposition. The organizers remind you that to visit the field during the week-end you’ll need to buy the tickets online (here‘s their site).
How Can You Pick the Tulips
When you enter they will explain you how to pick them. You need to grab the flower from under its leaves and then pull hard in the opposite direction from the ground.
How Much Does it Cost
In order to get in, you’ll have to buy 2 tulips for a price of 3 € (each costs 1.50), if you are under 13 it’s free. Each tulip that you want to add will cost you 1.50.
What will happen after the blooming is over
The owners will sell the remaining tulips in a U-Pick event, and they will leave the camp to a farmer that will let the land rest.
How to Get There
The adress is Viale della Repubblica 130 – Cornaredo (MI). If you want to reach the field of tulips with public transports you can do it but it’s going to be long. You’ll need to reach the metro station of M1 Molino Dorino, then take a bus that follows this route Magenta – Vittuone – Bareggio. Your stop will be San Pietro all’Olmo (near Viale della Repubblica). After that there’s a 15-20 minutes walk on a bike lane.
Different story if you own a car. You can easily get there and there are 2 big parking spots, one in front of the field and a second one in the back. There are other parking spots as well. I found one at around 400 m because the others were full.
Main photo credit: @frenachev