As corso Venezia takes you away from the built-up areas of the city centre towards the built-up areas of its outskirts, you'll notice the green expanse of the Giardini Pubblici on your left. The gardens were designed in the English style by Giuseppe Piermarini in 1786, and enlarged in 1857 to include the Villa Reale (now renamed Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte) and the Palazzo Dugnani.
The park's present arrangement - complete with natural elements, such as waterfalls and rocky outcrops - was the work of Emilio Alemagna for the 1871 World Fair. In addition to the galleries and museums on its outer edges, the park has a bar with outdoor tables (open 8am-7pm daily) and a small children's train (€1.50 a ride). There are also more dogs than you could throw a stick at.