Special thanks to Andreina Grieco
Get ready to go back to your childhood days – or maybe your sons’ ones – as Pokemon mania is back on track, as popular as ever! The new Pokemon Go app, based on augmented reality obtained by using the smartphones’ GPS systems and cameras, is available both for Android and iOS devices, and has become a real trend in just a few days from its launch. Besides being a good way to stimulate people to take a walk out of their houses or hotels, Pokémon Go offers the perfect chance to stroll throughout the city-must goes, which currently happen to be home to some of the rarest Pokémon of the game. So now, wear a pair of comfortable shoes and grab your smartphone… Where Milan is about to unveil some of the best locations in the city to catch Pokémon and help you add them to your Pokédex.
Useful links will follow at the end of the post

Where to Find Rare Pokémon in Milan

Navigli district is one of the best locations to spot water Pokémon, but not only. While wandering along Ripa di Porta Ticinese towards Alzaia del Naviglio Grande, game enthusiasts may have the chance to find Poliwag, Dratini and Growlithe on daytime and Psyduck, Magikarp and Gengar while entering the district by night.
In Parco Sempione, both in the heart of the Park close to the pond and approaching the nearby Arena, those in search for fire and poison Pokémon can easily find Charmender, Magmar and Muk, while Weedle can be caught on the way to Chinatown.
Indro Montanelli Gardens are the ideal spot to find Pokémon of different natures just in one location: Rattata, Zubat, Magikarp, Tangela and Pidgey are there, just a short distance one from another.
San Siro area, currently home to concerts and sports is also the ideal venue for those who wish to add Exeggcute, Doduo, Poliwag, Psyduck and Rattata to their own Pokédex.
For those aiming to try a ‘easy hunt experience’, heading to San Babila is the best solution to find Weedle, Spearow, Eevee and Venonat.
Eventually, the most enthusiastic players who wish to feel like cartoon character Ash can try to catch the iconic Pikachu in via Benedetto Marcello, corner of via Vitruvio, in the heart of the vibrant Corso Buenos Aires.
Still in search for advise for a rare Pokémon hunt? The powerful Snorlax can be found in Tortona district in via Giambellino, corner of via Carlo Troya or even in the heart of Indro Montanelli Gardens.

Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms in Milan

The famous Bull Balls in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Milan is not only a perfect venue for Pokémon catching but also features various Pokéstops, locations where players can find both Pokémon eggs and useful objects such as poké balls to refill the user’s collection. One of the most famous is located on one of Milan’s key symbols: the Bull Balls in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, just a stone’s throw from the Duomo. Other Pokéstops can be found in some of the most important monuments within the city, as it also happens for Pokémon Gyms. The latter are real battle fields, accessible only from level 5 onwards, which can be more or less prestigious according to their number of resident trainers and foreign visitors. The church in San Babila, just outside the underground station, is one of the most prestigious gyms in the city, enabling its visitors to improve their Pokémon combat power. Other historically or architecturally relevant locations though can be home to other gyms like, for instance, the renowned Colonne di San Lorenzo. Look around, the next Gym or Pokéstop can be just in front of you!

How to Catch Rare Pokémon – Beginner Guide

Though this might seem a hard task, finding a rare Pokémon like Lapras, Snorlax or Porygon is not as difficult as many people expect, but only if well informed on where and how to do it. Rare creatures do not detach from their natural environment, but they are usually set apart from one another. First of all, the search should start with the use of a small amount of incense, provided to any player at the very beginning of the game, to attract rare characters and those with high Combat Power, aka CP. Then, beginners and expert trainers alike should remember to set a lure at the nearest Pokéstops or to look for already activated lure modules. In this case they are marked on the map by cherry blossom petals whose action lasts 30 minutes and which can be effective for any user in the area; so, in case you spot one, head toward it as fast as you can as your rare Pokémon might be already there, ready to be caught.


While playing Pokémon Go, please always keep in mind that access to private property is forbidden, so pay attention to the venue you enter and remember not to approach isolated areas alone, especially at night. Safety is always a key point to fully enjoy your playing experience!

External Links:

– Free download the app for iOS and Android
– Pokémon fans can use the Pokemapper.co mapping tool to find nearby Pokéstops, Gyms and discover where other players have spotted rare Pokémon
[Photo credits: official Pokemon Go]