Christmas markets 2019 in Milan

In December Milan is rich on Christmas markets and the grand Artisan Fair and if you want to get some different Christmas presents you should definitely visit them. December 7th and 8th are religious holidays in Milan but all shops are open.

Fiera del Re Panettone / The King Panettone Fair

November 30th-December 1st Milan’s traditional Christmas Cake is celebrated during this weekend in 2 places: MIND – Milano Innovation District, 171, Via Cristina Belgioioso (find on map) this the old EXPO area and it can be reached withh the Metro (red line) you have to get off at Rho Fiera. The second event is hosted at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, 21, Via San Vittore (find on map) where you can taste and evaluate the very best Panettones from all of Italy.

Artigiano in Fiera – Artisanal Fair

November 30th-December 8th from 10 am-10 pm we have the huge Fair for artisans – also get your free mandatory pass at this link – from all over Italy and the world, it is held at the Fair in Rho (find on map). You can get beautiful handmade Christmas gifts and taste culinary specialties from Italy and the rest of the world. Be prepared for crowds and if you possibly can go during the week not at weekends. You are going to need more than one trip if you want to see everything – but you won’t need more than ome ticket.

Fiera degli Obej Obej

December 5th-8th 10 am.-8 pm in Piazza Castello (find on map) there is the traditional market Fiera degli Obej Obej which dates all he way back to 1288 and is always held on the days around December 7th where the Milanese celebrate their patron saint Sant’Ambrogio – the day before the national holiday for the Immaculate Conception. The atmosphere is wonderful and there are lots of local specialties to taste like vin brulè (mulled wine) and chestnuts.The name Obej Obej originates according to tradition from the exclamations of the Milanese children  “Obej, Obej” (dialect for oh belli,oh belli which means “How pretty!”) when they saw the gifts  Pope Pio IV’s emissary brought to the city of Milan in 1510.

Il Sogno del Natale – The Dream of Christmas

November 22nd-December 30th 10 am-9 pm Italy’s largest Christmas Village, theme park and  Christmas market with crafts at the Ippodromo San Siro at 16, Piazzale dello Sport (find on map).

Il Villaggio delle Meraviglie

November 30th-January 6th 10 am-9 pm  “Il villaggio delle meraviglie” in the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli (find on map) for the youngest, there are rides, meetings with Santa (starting December 6th) and an Ice skating rink, where you can rent skates. There is an admissions fee, buy your tickets here.

Darsena Christmas Village

December 6h-January 6th Monday-Friday 3-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Darsena Christmas Village (find on map) this is not a market but a big Theme Park with a Christmas tree on the water and an ice skating rink. Throughout the period there will be markets, cultural events, fireworks, light shows and many other events.

Christmas market in Piazza Duomo

December 1st–January 6th Christmas market on Piazza Duomo (find on map) with crafts and gastronomic specialties from all over Italy. The market is open every day from 11 am.-8 pm.

Christmas at Bagni Misteriosi

November 28th-January 19th there will be a floating skating rink at the Swimming pool Bagni Misteriosi at 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map).On week days it will be open 4.30-9.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays) and at weekends and on holidays 10.30 am-9.30 pm. Admission is €3.50 and you can rent both skates and helmets at €10 an hour.

Christmas in the Cloister 2019

November 30th-December 1st 10.30 am-6 pm a market with high quality artisanal goods and gastronomic products in the cloister of the Museo Diocesano (find on map)

Wunder Mrkt

November 30th-December 1st and December 7th-8ht both weekends 10.30 am-8.30 pm Wunder Mrkt at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €3.50 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,

Flug Market

December 7th-8th 10.30 am-9 pm Flug market at BASE Milano at 34, Via Bergogne (find on map).

December 14th-15th 10-30 am-8.30 pm Flug Market at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €3.50 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,

East Market Xmas Edition

December 15th 10 a.m.9 p.m. East Market in 88, Via Mecenate (find on map). Milan’s best flea market..

Le Pulci Pettinate – The Combed Fleas

December 15th 10 am-7.30 pm Christmas Market at Salumeria del Design in Via Stazio (find on map).

Green Christmas

December 17th-18th (10 am-7 pm) Green Christmas eco Christmas market with jewellery,clothes amd things for your home at Fonderia Napoleonica di Milano at 21, Via Thaon de Revl (find on map).

PopCorn Garage Market

December 21st-22nd 10.30 am-7.30 pm PopCorn Garage Market Vol 28 Christmas Edition at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €3.50 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,

Milan’s Christmas tree

December 6th-January 6th the traditional Milanese Christmas tree can be admired in Piazza Duomo (find on map) this year is sponsored by Dolce and Gabbana. The lighting ceremony is on December 6th 6.15-9.15 pm.

Free visit to Milan’s municipal Palace and painting

November 29th-January 12th 9.30 am-8 pm (last admission is at 7.30 pm) there is a free exhibit of Filippino Lippi’s malerier L’Annunziante og L’Annuinziata at Palazzo Marino on Piazza Scala (find on map) as Milan municipality’s gift to all the city’s resodents and guests.

Christmas Concerts

December 10th 9.15 pm Christmas Concert in Santa Maria delle Grazie with Messiah and Handel (find on map)

December 11th 9 p.m. free Christmas concert in Milan’s cathedral Duomo di Milano (find on map) . The doors open at 7 and we advise you to come well ahead of that time as the church is going to fill up quickly.

December 14th 6-9 pm Christmas concert with the chorus MakePlain conducted by  tenor Alessandro Veletta at 122, Alzaia Naviglio Grande (find on map).

December 20th 6.30 BAM Winter Night, udendørs julekoncert med Vincent Bohanan og hans gospelkor Sound of Victory at BAM (the tree library next to Piazza Gae Aulenti) (find on map).

December 20th 8 pm and 21st 3 pm there is Christmas Concert at Teatro alla Scala program and tickets here.

Procession of the Three Wise Men

January 6th 11.15 am one of Milan’s oldest traditions is this Procession of the Three Wise Men in costume from Piazza Duomo (find on map) to the church La Basilica di Sant*Eustorgio (find on map).

The events below are more or less the same every year only the dates change and we will update asap.

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December 1st-January 6th 10 am-10 pm Gae Aulenti Xmas Village with, among other things, food, stalls with handmade Christmas gifts and a skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map).

Rainbow Christmas Market

December 15th 2 pm-9 pm Rainbow Christmas Market in Largo Fra’ Paolo Bellintani (find on map).

EtsyMadeInItaly

December 1st-2nd 10 am-8 pm at Torneria Tortona at 32, Via Tortona (find on map) – 2 days of handcrafted clothes, jewellery, home decor and much more, just the place to find Christmas gifts for friends and family.

Frida Market

December 1st-2nd 11 am-7 pm Let’s vintage at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map),

December 15th noon-10 pm -December 16th 10 am-9 pm – Frida Market at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map),

East Market Xmas Edition

December 16th 10 a.m.-9 p.m. East Market in 88, Via Mecenate (find on map). Lots of bargain with the motto Buy, Sell, Swap.

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Go ice skating in Milan

Although all the festivities are oficially over several of the ice skating rinks in Milan remain open well into February, So if that’s your kind of thing here is the list.

November 28th-January 19th there will be a floating skating rink at the Swimming pool Bagni Misteriosi at 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map).On week days it will be open 4.30-9.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays) and at weekends and on holidays 10.30 am-9.30 pm. Admission is €3.50 and you can rent both skates and helmets at €10 an hour.

November 15th-February 20th Sunday-Friday 10 am-midnight Saturday 10 am-1 am Ice skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map).

December 6th-January 6th Fashion on Ice and other shows on Piazza XXV Aprile right by Eataly (find on map).

November 29th-January 26th on Piazza Gramsci (find on map) very close to Corso Sepione and the park.

December 6th-January 6th Darsena Christmas Village ice skating rink (find on map)

December 1st-January 20th 10 am-9.30 pm 02 Ice ice skating rink in Piazza Città di Lombardia (find on map).

New Year’s 2020 in Milan

New Year’s in Milan? There’s something for everyone whether you want to celebrate the night together with the Milanese on one of the squares of the city or go clubbing.

img_7142There’s a huge free New Year’s show in Piazza Duomo (find on map) starting at 8 pm with performances by Italian musicians.

Milan’s traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks display takes place on Piazza Castello (find on map) at midnight.

Piazza della Scala

These 2 squares are within walking distance from each other so if it’s cold  – and it probably will be  – you can circulate between them,

These arrangements end shortly after midnight after we toast the New Year together and watch Milan’s traditional and amazing fireworks over the Castello Sforzesco (find on map). For those who go on into the city the metro runs until 1.30 am and the buses run till 2 am. but the BikeSharing service runs all night.

 

Of course Milan’s hottest clubs celebrate New Year’s with and without supper. Find the list with the various arrangements here

You can also choose a package with hotel, restaurant and party here.

For Gospel lovers there is a gospel concert with the Harlem Gospel Choir with supper at legendary Blue Note. Book tickets here you can also skip supper and just come for a glass of champagne and the concert – book here.

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Best accomodation while you are in Milan

TripAdvisor Milan - Screendump from frontpage (English edition)

Milan has many hotels and other types of accomodation at all price ranges.


Find the hotels others recommend.
Websites based on users’ own experiences, where you can read what they think . Ratings are based on what they thought was good and bad. Remember that you cannot be sure of the authenticity of the reviews, neither positive nor negative – so read it all with your critical radar on.
\ The most popular ones are:Tripadvisor and Yelp.


Find the cheapest and best hotels.

Then we’ve got websites that compare prices and find the best deals for the period when you visit. Remember to check out our shopping guide to find the area you’d rather stay in.
\ The best in the this category are:Expedia and booking.com

Casa degli Atellani

A truly unique apartment
If you’re up to trying something very exclusive (which is much cheaper than you think), rent an apartment by Leonardo da Vinci’s vinyard in Casa degli Atellani witha view over Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo’s “Last Supper” is situated. For booking and information go to Atellani Apartments.

Live a little more privately
If you are out for an alternative experience, you can either get a room in an apartment or rent an entire apartment. This will give you a completely different experience of Milan.

\ You must absolutely check out: Airbnb

Bed and Breakfasts.
There are many options for you if you want to stay in A Bed and Breakfast in Milan. The latest arrival is Rock’n’Roll Home in Via Gluck near the central station (find on map) with only 4 rooms available.
\ Find your bed and breakfast at bedandbreakfast.eu

Stay at a hostel.
There are 3 amazing hostels in the center of Milan;
Queen Hostel near San Baila at 9, Viale Regina Margherita (find on map)  book here
Ostello Bello near Duomo at 4, Via Medici  (find on map)
Ostello Bello Grande just by the central station Stazione Centrale at 33, Via Roberto Lepetit (find on map),book here
You can also book via Booking.com remember to book well in advance no matter where you book though.

Stay in the countryside.
The Agritourism Cascina Madonnina is located in beautiful surroundings outside Milan at 17, Via Arluno in Pregnana Milanese (find pn map)  but is still so close to the city that you can go there by metro at just €2,50. The perfect solution if you’re travelling with your children.

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Begin with classic sightseeing to get to know Milan

A classic sightseeing tour on your first day here can actually be a really good way to get a feeling of the city and of which things are in the same area. Here we have a list of the best tours Milan has to offer.

IMG_7910Hop-on Hop-off tours.

With the double-deckers you can buy tickets for either 24 or 48 holurs (repspectively €22 and €25) with departure from Piazza Castello (find on map)

In Milan you can also do your sightseeing from a tram, TraMilano, a charming and different way to vist the tourist attractions. This costs €15 and departs from Milan’s central station (find on map) near the Zara shop, check the link above for more precise details.

If you have the MilanoCard you get a 15% discount on tickets.

Segway tours.

See Milan from a segway in small groups with 8 participants, choose between the day trip of 3 hours. or the night trip of 2.5 hours. Both trips are €75 and start on the ´corner of Via dei Chiostri and Via Ancona (find on map) there is a 30 minute orientation before the trip begins.

IMG_8932Tours on the canals (April-September).

You can go on a boat trip back and forth on the Milanese navigli and see the city from a different perspective – Milan is no Copenhagen, Venice or Amsterdam though. You can book tickets in advance here: Call Center +39029094242 every day 10 am-6 pm or by email Monday-Friday info@navigareinlombardia.it

The evening tour of the canals costs €10 and is 40 minutes long with departures at  9 pm – 9.50 pm -10.40 pm. You must purchase the tickets at the point of departure but you can book here:,Call Center +39029094242 every day bewtween 10 am and 6 pm or with an email to info@navigareinlombardia.it

If you’d like an aperitivo while sailing through the navigli the the Happy Boat tour is what you’re looking for,it’s on every Friday and Saturday at 7.30 p.m. and costs €22 cocktail and buffet included in the price. You can book tickets here: Autostradale Viaggi – Milano 2, Passaggio Duomo (find on map)  1, P.zza Castello (find on map).
Tel. +390230089900
email – info@autostrdaleviaggi.it

Rickshaw tours with VELOLEO

IMG_9014An untraditional and green way  to visit the city is by rickshaw or bike taxi, they organize both shopping- and city trips and prices €25-45 for 1/2 and 1 hour respectively. The trips start from both Piazza Castello, Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Babila. You can also book online and personalize your trip  here.

Also check out the guided tours on bicycle here.

The Duomo roof.

The view from the roof of Duomo is breathtaking especially on clear days, where you can see the Alps t’s a really good idea to reserve tickets in advance so you can skip the line. Book here.

If you’re in Milan for 72 hours or less, you should consider getting a MilanoCard. Read more here.

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Top 10 periods for visiting Milan

One of the questions we get most is “When is it good to visit Milan?” so here is the list of the very best things going on. Remember to check out our calendar for the exact dates, as they can vary a bit from year to year.

Milano Design Week/Fuorisalone – one week in April. A week with very lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and cocktail parties, where Milan is turned upside-doown in occasion of the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, In the ciyt you get the up-and-coming designers’ bid on what the future will look like.

Piano City – 3 days during the penultimate weekend of May. There is piano music everywhere with lots of fantastic free concerts in the city’s parks, squares and several of Milan’s beautiful courtyards. The concerts go on 24 hours a day and the city teems with life and people.

 

 

 

 

 

Scala Filarmonici plays a free concerts on Piazza Duomo – the second Sunday of June with a speciel guest perfomance – this is a speciel and magical evening where thousands og Milanese of all ages fill up Piazza Duomo for a very speciel night.

Estate Sforzesca – from the beginning of June to the end of August there is entertainment almost every night in the central courtyard of Castello Sforzesco of theater, dance or music, a wonderful way to spend the summer evenings with the locals. Bear in mind that July and August are the hottest months in Milan and when we say hot we means sweltering; temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius and they don’t go down much at night

 

TRI.P. at Triennale di Milano – an experrimental music festival in June/July with some of contemporary music’s most exciting names.

MITO September Music – a festival which every year focuses on a theme and offers performances in both Milan and Turin for 20 days in the beginning of September.

JazzMi – Milano jazz festival the first two weeks of November november. Some of the world’s finest jazz musicians come to Milan to play..

Artigiani in Fiera – Enormous Christmas market at Milan’s fair during the first week of December, actually the atmosphere in Milan during the month of December is wonderful with lots of ice skating rinks and Christmas markets. Read more about them here and here.

 

Opening Night at La Scala theater– the new season at Teatro della Scala starts with an opera on December 7th remember that if you want to experience this very speciel night, you have to book your tickets a long time in advance. You canfind the links in our events calendar.

Milan Fashion Week – February and September, the city is hectic during this week with cocktail parties and many other things.

Sales in Milan – July/August and January/February for the exact dates check our shopping guide.

Characteristic open air markets in Milan where you can experience genuine Italian atmosphere.

A very characteristic local experience in Milan is visiting the big open air markets with fruit, vegetables. cheese, fish, charcuteri and good bargains in shoes and clothes, there are several every day except on Sundays. There’s life, commotion, genuine Italian atmosphere and competitive prices. We have chosen the most central ones for you.

Monday.

Brera, Via San Marco (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm.

Via Kramer (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Tuesday.

Viale Papiniano (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Via Fauchè (find on map) 8 am-1 pm great for shoes and clothes

Wednesday.

Via Borsi (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm.

Thursday.

Brera, Via San Marco (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Via Cesariano (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Friday.

Via Crema/Via Piacenza (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Via Pagano (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Saturday.

Bastioni di Porta Nuova (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Viale Papiniano (find on map), 7.30 am-6 pm

Via Fauchè (find on map) 8 am-6 pm great for shoes and clothes

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Milan on two wheels, experience the city from a different perspective

See Milan from a different perspective with bike tour rentals. You can also rent a bike for the entire time you spend here or use one of the many electrical scooters.

IMG_8199If you’d like to have your “own” bike during your stay you can rent it at the historical bike shop Rossignoli, which you find here:

71, Corso Garibaldi.(find on map)
open Monday 2.30-7 pm
Tuesday-Saurday 9 am.-12.30 pm/2.30 -7 pm

40, Via Solari (find on map)
open Monday 3.-7.30 pm
Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-12.30 p.m./3-7.30 pm
Saturday 9-12.30 p.m.

Cost
1 day €12
2 days €24
3 days €34
4 days €43
5 days €52
6 days €59

1 week €65
Deposit €100,00

Rossignoli also organize tours of the city on bicycle in Italian and English and to book and get information call +3902804960 some days in advance.

You can also rent bikes at Baco bicycle store at 52,Via Solari, for information cal +390235994089.

There are also other guided tours of Milan in bicycle in English. Here are the 3 most popular ones:

Bike &The City
Velocipedi
Baja Bikes

BikeMi is a bike sharing service a bit like Boris-bikes in London. It’s a great feature in public transport, but beware Italian traffic habits.

BikeMi is part of the public transport system, you must register at ATM IMG_6615(Milan’s municipal transport agency) and to do that you need to have a valid credit card (so they have security for the bike and possible damages) read about the legal and practical issues here. You can get a card for either 1 week, it’s €6, or for a single day, €2,50.

For general information see here

Cycling Italian Style
Cycling in Milan is a risky business. Milan is a car city, and cyclists are not respected as equals in the traffic.

So remember to signal your intentions in the traffic clearly, so the drivers have time to give you space. Take it easy and don’t insist too much.

Two important tips: Keep an extra eye on the tram rails (believe you us; it is the voice of experience telling you this) and remember that the cobble stones get extra slippery when it rains.

Short trips are the cheapest
BikeMi is meant to be used for short trips and it becomes proportionally more expensive the longer you use them If you change bicycles frequently the trips can end up being totally free of charge. If you forget to deliver the bike within 24 hours, there’s a stiff fee.IMG_8095

  • 0 – ½ hour: €0,00
  • ½ – 2 hours: €0,50  every half hour.
  • 2 – 24 hours: €2,00  every started hour
  • Over 24 hours: €150 fee

Summer operating hours.
April 1st-November 2nd the service will run
Sunday-Thursday 7 am.-2 a.m.
Friday and Saturday the service will operate 24 hrs a day.

IMG_8960Junior BikeMi.
The municipality of Milan has now added a bicycle service for kids aged 6-10, you’ll find the junior bikes near some of Milan’s parks Parco Sempione/Piazza Castello (find on map), Giardini pubblici Indro Montenelli (find on map), Parco delle Basiliche (find on map),Parco Don Giussani (find on map) and Parco Ravizza (find on map) the bicycles are available between 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and helmets are mandatory Read more here.

 

 

MoBike

Operator in the dockless or free flow bike sharing service, also called Uber for bicycles, have arrived in Milan, you need to download the apps for the services in order to begin to use it. Find the links for the app download here.

Its name is Mobike and features orange and black bicycles you have probably seen around the city,  The price is €0.30 for every half hour.

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Good apps for your trip to Milan

Why carry around a guide book when you can have all you need on your smartphone (which, of course, is indispensable).

Milan Tourism has published a comprehensive list of apps made especially for visitors. Here are the most important ones:

APP: Guida MilanoGuida Milano
A classic city-guide full of all the normal tourist attractions and it links text and maps.
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Chinese
(Download for iPhone | Android)

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A great app for visiting Milan with information on Public transport, exhibitions, concerts etc, a little simpler than Guida Milano above

(Download for iPhone | Android)

 

 

 

 

Spotted by Locals.
This app has more than 70 city guides – including the one for Milan – and tells you what is worth seeing in the opinion of the people who live in Milan. Lots of great features.
(Download for Android | iPhone)

 

Car2Go
the popular international car sharing service is also present in Milan.
(Download for Android | iPhone)

DriveNow
The new car sharing service is now also in Milan.

Languages: English, German and Italian
(Download for Android | iPhone)

 

 

Enjoy.
The car sharing company for Italy’s biggest oil and petrol company ENI. The cars are all FIAT 500.
(Download  for Android | iPhone)

Share’ngo
Little yellow electric cars for car sharing.
(Download for Android | iPhone)

Free2move.
Car sharing aggregator.
(Download for Android | iPhone)

Urbi.
Car sharing aggregator.
(Download for Android | iPhone)

ATM Milano Official App
This is a great app for public transport, it tells you which bus and metro stops are near you, you can plan your trips and you can also use it to find the BikeMi hubs (See the article on public transport).

(Download for Android | iPhone)

MyTaxi
If you need to call for a taxi and don’t speak Italian the easiest thing is to use the official app myTaxi.
(Download for Android | iPhone)

Uber
The world’s most famous ride sharing service is legal in Milan and works fine so if you cannot get a taxi or you have to wait too long this is a good alternative.

(Download Android | iPhone)

Mobike
A dock-free bike sharing service, where you can find a bicycle near you. The price is €0,30 for every half hour.
(Download Android | iPhone)

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Wonderful places you can visit near Milan

The Milanese love going on day trips outside the gates of the city as they say and there are lots of wonderful places nearby. Here is the Insider Guide to the greatest places

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Como.

50 km north of Milan is Como by the beautiful Lake Como surrounded by mountains.It takes about 1 hour from Cadorna station to Como lake and a return ticket is a little under €10. It’s a cosy and very beautiful small town with antique town walls and a great shopping area in the historical center and actually also the place where our personal love affair with Italy began many years ago.

Como is famous for its silk and we recommend you visit the outlet Diffusione Seta located at 8-11, Piazza Cavour (find on map).

When we were there last we had lunch at the super neat
Ristorante Sociale, 6, Via Rodari (find on map) – prices are reasonable and and the food is local and solid – but next time we are planning on trying out the much more sophisticated restaurant with all the great reviews The Market Place, 55, Via Rovelli (find on map).

Another fantastic thing to do here is to take the ferry from Como (just by Piazza Cavour) for e.g.Bellaggio or out to see the incredibly beautiful villas, located in the area.

You can go from Como with the funicular up to Brunate where on a clear day you get an amazing view of Lake Como and the Alps.

During the summer the great outdoor swimming pool Villa Olmo, 20 minutes walk from the train station, is open every day from 9 am-7.30 pm, tickets are €8.50 for the whole day and €5.50 for the afternoon for adults and €4.50 (full day) €3.50 (afternoon) for children. You have to book online and sadly the page is only in Italian (!) but follow the “prenota” button and insert the date you want to go here and then click prosegui (continue). You can also rent sun beds (lettini) and beach umbrellas (ombrelloni).

There are several antique markets in Como:
On the first Sunday every month 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Piazza San Fedele (find on map)
On the second Wednesday every month (Except January and August) 8.30 a.m.-7 p.m. in Porto Torre, Viale Carlo Cattaneo (find on map)
On the last Saturday every month (except January and August) in Via Muratto og Piazza Ferretta (find on map)
On the third Sunday every month. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (except January and August) in Via Spallino (find on map)

Bergamo.

Then there is Bergamo, situated about, 45 minutes away by train from Milan. You can go from the stations of Stazione Centrale, Cadorna and Garibaldi

Bergamo is one of the few towns in Italy whose historical center is still located within the original town walls which have maintained their original aspect.

Bergamo is divided into two parts Bergamo Bassa (low Begamo) and Berrgamo Alta (high Begamo), Bergamo Alta  is the historical part of the town which you can get to either by the city funicular or by taking the 45-minute hike up.

There are monasteries, historical buildings and an ancient botanical garden.

The wonderful Accademia Carrara museum is located in Bergamo Bassa.

There is an antique market in Begamo Alta on the thrid Sunday of every month (except August) on Piazza Vecchia (find on map)

Among the many lunch places in Bergamo:.
Hostaria del Relais San Lorenzo, 9, Piazza Mascerono (find on map)
Antica Hosteria del Vino Buono, 25, Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe (find on map)

Villagio Operaio Crespi d’Adda.

A villlage built by the Crespi family for the workers on their factory. It was very advanced for its time (late 1800s) with free education for the children of the employees, a free indoor swimming pool and the first village in Italy to have modern public lighting. In 1995 the village was entered nto the UNESCO World Heritage List. The directions on how to get there can be found here.

Isole Borromee and Stresa.

The Isolee Borromee (the Borromean Islands) are located in the Maggiore Lake and can be reached from Stresa by boat, they are lovely at all times of the year but are paricularly stunning during springtime, They are famous for their amazing palaces and gardens. There are three islands: Isola Bella with the Borromean Palace and gardens, Isola Superiore (Fishmerman’s Island) a tiny island with a beautiful fishing village and Isola Madre with a botanical garden and Palace.

Stresa is quite close to Milan and can be reached from both the Central Station and the Garibaldi station, the trip takes about an hour.

Stresa has a lot of great restaurants where you can have lunch, some examples:
Antica Stresa, 34, Piazza Cadorna (find on map).
Astoria, 21, Corso Umberto I (find on map)

But you can also eat on Fisherman’s Island (Isola Superiore), example
Belvedere, Via di Mezzo (find on map).

San Pellegrino Spa.

If you feel like pampering yourself go for a day to the San Pellegrino spa (terme) (find on map), you need a car to get up there. Prices and opening hours here. A small piece of advice; go on a weekday.

Lodi.

Lodi is another town that is very near Milan, it takes about 35 minutes with the train going to Bologna, and you can catch it from both Stazione Centrale and Cadorna. Lodi is a lovely little town whose interesting archtecture dates all the way back to 1160.

There is an antique market in Lodi on the first Sunday of every month (except January and August) 8 a.m.7 p.m. on Piazza Castello (find on map)

A couple of good places to have lunch in Lodi are:
Antica Trattoria il Gattino, 71, Corso Mazzini (find on map)
Il Pomodoro Pelato, 48, Via Cavour (find on map)

Vigevano.

And please don’t miss Vigevano in the province of Pavia. It takes about an hour to get there and we recommend taking the train from Porta Genova railway station (find on map)

IMG_7857Vigevano is an incredibly beautiful art town with an amazing renaissance square Piazza Ducale, considered one of Italy’s finest. There is also a castle, Vigevano’s own Castello Sforzesco which was transformed from a fortress to the residence of a prince in 1492-94 by Ludovio Sforza. Furthermore Vigevano is famous for making shoes and there is a shoe museum inside the Castello Sforzesco with no admission.

There’s an antique market in Vigevanoon the thrid Sunday of every month (except August) in the area between Piazza Piazza Martiri della Liberazione, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Via S. Croce (find on map).

Good places to have lunch in Vigevano:
Cappuccetto Rosso Bistrot, 4, Via Carrobbio (find on map)
Cafe del Mar, 34, Via Leonardo da Vinci (find on map)

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Wine and Food.

If you love wine and great food there are some areas we recommend you visit and you could spend the night in one of the many agrotourisms. Some great areas are Franciacorta, Asti and Langhe (where, among other towns, Alba is located).

There are many food and wine festivals in both Piedmont and Lombardia. These festivals are great for getting an insight into small communities and their seasonal products (wine, truffles, cheeses, chestnuts, mushrooms, pumpkins etc.)

 

Star-studded restaurants outside Milan.

If you came to Milan by car there are lots of great restaurants in Lombardy. We want to mention:

D’O  Davide Oldani’s wonderful restaurant with 1 Michelin star, located in San Pietro all’Olmo, Cornaredo (find on map). Davide Oldani is the chef who invented the concept Pop Cuisine (Cucina Pop). Remember to book well in advance.

Cannavacciuolo Bistrot. 1, Piazza Martiri della Libertà in Novara (find on map) which belongs to Antonino Cannavacciulo, one of the new judges in the Italian edition of Masterchef.

Antonino Cannavacciuolo also runs the restaurant (with 2 Michelin stars) and hotel Villa Crespi at the beautiful Lago d’Orta.

You can find the Michelin guide’s other suggestions here.

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Cosy places for you to have brunch in Milan

One of our favourite things is to have a great brunch at the weekend. We have selected some of the best Milan has to offer divided by area. Prices are € – €15-20, €€ – 20-40, €€€  – 40-60. One of the peculiarities of brunch places in Milan is a rotation system so you won’t be able to hang out for the entire duration, it is necessary to book if you want to be sure to get a table (we have included their phone numbers).

We would love to hear from you so if you feel like sharing your opinion about the brunch places on our list or know a place you’d like to recommend then use our form here.

Near Duomo

Ostello Bello €
4, Via Medici (find on map)
+390236582720

12-3.30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

California Bakery €€
19, Via Larga (find on map)
+390239811750

11 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

God Save the Food €€
1, Piazza del Carmine (find on map)
+390222229440

12-4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Near Via Torino

Hygge €€
3, Via Giuseppe Sapeto (find on map)
+393381603861
11 am-3 pm Saturday and Sunday

Near Porta Venezia

LùBar €€ (brunch a la carte)
16, Via Palestro (find on map)
+39
8 am-midnight Tuesdays-Sundays

Chateau Monfort €€€
1, Corso Concordia (find on map)
+3902776761

12.30-3 pm Sundays.from September to May.

California Bakery €€
44, Viale Premuda (find on map)
+390239811750

11 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Near Cinque Giornate.

Globe Rastaurant and Lounge Bar (on top of Coin department store, 8th floor) €€
1, Piazza Cinque Giornate (find on map)
+390255181969

12-4 pm Sunday.

Mugs and co €
4, Via Emilio Morosini (find on map)
+3987383354
8 am-2 pm every day

Cocotte €
1, Via Benvenuto Cellini (find on map)
+390255189509

10 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Near Navigli

California bakery €€
4, Piazza Sant’Eustorigio (find on map)
+390239811750
11 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Brisket €€
65, Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map)
+39028323479
12-2.30 pm Saturday and Siunday

Near Tortona.

God Save the Food €€
34, Via Tortona (find on map)
+390289423806

12-4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Near Isola.

Café Gorille €€
20, Via Gaetano de Castillia (find on map)
+39026887627
8 am-3.30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

 Near Porta Nuova.

California Bakery €€
5, Corso Como (find on map)
+390239811750
11 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Da Otto €
8, Via Paolo Sarpi (find on map)
+390283417249

12.30-3 pm Sunday.

Radetzky €€
105, Corso Garibaldi (find on map)
+39026572645
8-1.30 am Monday to Thursday, 8-2 am Friday and Saturday and 10-1.30 am Sunday – great location and service.

Near Parco Sempione.

BhangraBar €
1, Corso Sempione (find on map)
+390234934469

12-3 pm Sunday.

Deseo €€
2, Corso Sempione (find on map)
+3902315164
12-4 pm Sunday.

 

Trip includes most important Milanese landmarks

ATMosfera €€€
A very unusual combination of Brunch and sight-seeing on one of Milan’s historical trams. The duration is of 2.30 hours.
Leaves from 2, Piazza Castello (find on map).
Saturdays and Sundays 11.30 am-2 pm

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Let passionate Italian food lovers teach you how to cook

When you are abroad you want to get close to the locals … So why not do a cooking course with the Italians?

When you’ve been traveling a lot you begin to look for experiences that get you closer to the local population, because who wants to sit at the hotel and have dinner when you could be out meeting people and getting some fun anecdotes to tell.

It may take some courage, but isn’t it the courageous decisions you never regret? So if you feel like a slightly different evening in the company of Italians, try a cooking course in Italian. Nothing beats “I learned how to make this sauce from a chef in Milan” when your friends come over.

You can choose the very personal experience with a course in English at a private home, Clara opens the doors to her home in the center of Milan for morning courses between September and June and on market days she takes you to the local open air food market to pick the fresh seasonal products for your cooking class.

 

Aurora holds both morning and evening classes with a professional chef and she lves by the yellow metro line 4 stops from Duomo. If you can’t make it to her courses (or for some reason don’t feel like participating) you can still come and have dinner with the paticipants.

Both Clara and Aurora put emphasis on the fact that their courses aren’t just about cooking but also about socializing.

 

Another possibilty is the cooking school Teatro7 (Find on map) where they teach in _mg_8431Italian but you can be certain that they will try anything with a combination of gestures and English to make you understand. And if Italians have bad English skills their gesturing is formidable.

You are guaranteed to have an entertaining evening and you will learn to make some great food. At Teatro7 you get the course including dinner from €75 to €150. Check out our Right now in Milan (in the menu) for courses.

Important instructions for booking a course online as the course calendar only exists in Italian: first click on the red Guarda il Menu button next to your course, on the next page click on “prenota il corso” at the top of the page (book) and then the rat of the instructions are in English, if you don’t receive a confirmation via email within 24 hours, send an email to iscrizioni@teatro7.com – you won’t be able to attend if you don’t have the email. The course calendar is here.

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The best shopping route with a shot of culture when you are in Milan on a short visit

For those of you who are only in town for a short visit we have made a mini route where you get all the best Milan has to offer in terms of both shopping, food, architecture and culture. For our first express shopping route we have chosen the area from Piazza Gae Aulenti to Piazza della Scala, from the new and modern to the old and traditional.

  • Start on Piazza Gae Aulenti; Milan’s newest area, where you should see the internationally acclaimed buildings “Bosco verticale” (the vertical forest))
  • On the piazza you find the famous Muji,
  • Grom ice cream,
  • Replay store with Italian denim and a nice bar where you can have your morning coffee,
  • and Illy café – the world’s best espresso.
  •  Located under the square is the supermarket Esselunga if you want to shop for specialties.
  • From there continue down Corso Como and check out the famous design store and art gallery at no. 10 – good place for lunch.
  • at the end of Corso Como turn left and check out High Tech with all you can desire for your home and on the square (Piazza XXV Aprile) is food temple Eataly
  • Continue into the Brera area (Via Solferino, Via San Marco and Corso Garibaldi) which is the old artistic neighbourhood of Milan with lots of quirky and chic stores and galleries.
  • If you’re here on either a Monday or a Thursday it is worth your while to visit the open air market in Via San Marco.
  • Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera for a shot of culture.
  • The area is rich on places for lunch and a great aperitivo
  • Continue down to Piazza della Scala with Milan’s famous Scala theater.

 

If you still have energy and time to spare you are now directly behind Piazza Duomo just walk thorugh the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele which links Piazza della Scala and Piazza Duomo and you have Milan’s cathedral right in front of you.

Now you are probably starving and you are close to several good restaurants e.g. Langosteria Cafè,4, Galleria del Corso (find on map) excellent seafood €€€, Piz, 34, Via Torino (find n map) genuine Neapolitan pizza €, I 12 Gatti,11/12, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on the corner of Piazza della Scala (find on map) with a fantasic terrace on the top of Milan €€ and Mama Burger,18, Via Agnello (find on map) good quality burgers €.

Enjoy your perfect day in Milan!

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Flea markets in Milan

In Milan there are flea markets every Sunday and besides them there are little markets in the city both on weekdays and at weekends. Here you can find those unique objects you won’t find anywhere else.

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The flea market in the Navigli area every last Sunday of the month

If you like antiques, flea market bargains or vintage there are various possibilities in Milan and surroundings.We have chosen the best ones and comment on them.

The flea markets in the surroundings of the city are easier to get to if you’ve got a car. Here you can really find many unique Italian things for your home at very good prices – remember to haggle!

It’s a good idea to be polite and cheeky when haggling. Italians love negotiating!

If you are tired of having the same  IKEA objects at home as everybody else, then take advantage of your trip to Milan to find some unique pieces.

You’ll find everything you find at a normal flea market: Jewellery, toys, hats, chandeliers,vases, lamps, mirrors, cupboards, furniture, vintage – at all price levels.

  • “Mercatino di Brera” (find on map)  the third Sunday of every month from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.this market is located in one of the most beautiful areas in Milan and you should expect pricy objects.
  • “Artigianato e Collezionismo” every second, third and fourth Tuesday + every first Sunday of every month from 8 am to 7 pm in front of Pinacoteca di Brera in Via Brera (find on map).
  • “Mercatino del antiquariato” in the Navigli area, one of the city’s most interesting markets. the last Sunday of every month 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (find on map)
  • “Mostra mercato di antiquariato”  in Piazza Diaz (find on map) on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays + 3rd Sunday of every month from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. – just behind Piazza Duomo.
  • “Little Market” products of craftmanship and collectors’ items, in Piazza Sant’Eustorgio (find on map) every 1st Friday and Saturday of every month.
  • “Mercatino” vintage and collectors’ items every 2nd and 4th Friday and the last Saturday of every month close to Porta Venzia/Corso Buenos Aires in Via Spallanzari (find on map).
  • Fiera di Sinigaglia: in the Navigli area, every Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.in Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map) along the wharf. Here you find everything from crafts, new, vintage and second-hand clothes to vinyl records.
  • “Festivalpark”: Every Saturday and Sunday at. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., here you find clothes, shoes, watches, toys, kitchenware, bicycles etc. This market is in Via Sacile (find on map) near Milan’s wholesale vegetable market.

Brera flea market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flea markets in the outskirts of Milan.

First Sunday of the month
Corsico on Via Togliatti (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

Second Sunday of the month
Buccinasco on Via Emilia (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

Third Sunday of the month
Corsico on Via Togliatti (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

Every third Sunday of the month at the flea market in Corsico, there’s a flea market for children. Here you can find games, books, clothes and lots of other stuff..
Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Fourth Sunday of the month
San Donato Milanese Snam parking place on via Emilia (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

Fifth Sunday of the month;
San Donato Milanese Snam parking place on via Emilia (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

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