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.In the same period as Milano Design Week we also have Milano Art Week and Miart going on., it is an incredible month for contemporary and modern art and design..

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.

Refreshing outdoor swimming pools in the sweltering heat

Should it get too hot to wander the streets of Milan you can spend a day in of the city’s outdoor swimming pools. Know that enter the water if you’re wearing a swim cap (and obviously swim suit) but you can buy one for a relatively modest price at the entrance. If you haven’t brought a swim suit at e.g. Calzedonia,Yamamay, H&M which you can find everywhernin the city. Admissions fees are around €7-10. The outdoor swimming pools are open from the beginning of June till the end of August.

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The Bagni Misteriosi Outdoor Swimming Pool

Here are the most central ones:

Argelati, 6, Via Segantini (find on map)
Bagni Misteriosi, 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map)
Romano,20, Via Ampére (find on map)

Novotel Milan Linate organizes outdoor brunch every Sunday until September 1st from 12-2.30 pm with free access to the hotel swimming pool afterwards, It  costs €20 for adults and €10 for kids.You must reserve at least 24 hours in advance at either email address prenotazioni@novoeventi.it or phone number +3902507261. The hotel is located at 121, Via Mecenate (find on map).

You can also go to the outdoor swimming pool in Como by the lake, read more here.

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Ferragosto (August 15th) 2019 in Milan

Ferragosto is a very important holiday in Italy but shops are no longer required to close on this day though so most big stores in the center are open. It can be difficult to find a table at a restaurant unless you book because, although it is true that most Italians tradtionally go away on vacation in August, more and more people choose other periods and today Milan is no longer completely empty. Ferragosto is a religious holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. According to Italians it is also the hottest day of the year and is celebrated with lots of good food and wine. Below is a list of things taking place on and around August 15th.

Castello Sforzesco

August 15th from 9 pm Fireworks – a classical concert by the Giiuseppe Verdi Symphonic Orchestra at Castello Sforzesco (find on map).

On August 13th, 14th and 15th in the Navigli area of Milan (find on map) you can go on the canal boat trips but you must book your seat by August 12th 5 p.m. (read more here).

All the city’s other outdoor swimming pools are open on August 15th, read more about them here.

You can visit almost all museums and all the city’s civic museums free of charge on August 15th. Find out where they are here.

Book a table at Milan’s restaurants well in advance of August 15th because everybody wants to eat out on that day. Check out our recommendations here.

August 15th 6.30 pm grilled food and watermelon foolowed by DJ set with Atomic at BASE at 34, Via Bergognone (find on map).

August 15th 7-11 pm Ferragosto at the Bagni Misteriosi (the outdoor swimmingpool in 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map) with music at by the percussionists NicoNote and a slice of watermelon for everybody.

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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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Christmas markets 2019 in Milan

Sadly due to Covid all Christmas markets and fairs have been cancelled.

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 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.

Vodafone Aqua Show

December 14th-January 6th at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm every day + an extra show at  9.30 pm on fridays, Saturdays and holidays a huge light, music and water show at the Darsena by the  Navigli (find on map).

Christmas Village at the central station

December 8th-January 6th 5-11 pm (as of December 21st 11 am-11 pm),big Christmas village with stalls selling gifts, food and drinls, big light show projected onto the facade of the central station, ice skating rink/park with a large Christmas tree and a zip line that wheres you can fly at 140 meters above Piazza Duca D’Aosta in front of Milan’s central station (find on map).

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.

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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).

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,

Make a Wish Christmas market with the art exhibit “Nulle è perduto”

December 14th-15th. 10.30 am-7.30 pm art exhibit by Milanese painter Paola Frangi with small and exclusive but beautiful Christmas market at 3, Via Privata Sartirana (find on map).

Frida Market

December 14th-15thd 12 noon-9 pm Christmas Market at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map),

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.

December 22nd 8.30 pm Christmas concert at the Auditorium La Verdi on Largo Gustavo Mahler (find on map), tickets are €7 and you can buy them here (click on “acquista”, which means buy).

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).

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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).

No 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).

December 8th-January 6th 5-11 pm (as of December 21st 11 am-11 pm) Ice skating rink, light show and a zip line which takes you “flying” at 140 meters above Piazza Duca D’Aosta in front of Milan’s central station (find on map).