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.
August 15th from 9 pm Fireworks – a classical concert by the Giiuseppe Verdi Symphonic Orchestra at Castello Sforzesco (find on map).
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August 15th 3-11-30 pm DJ sets and live music by the Calypso orchestra on Piazza Cannone (find on map) behind the castle.
August 15th from 9.30 pm there is a free Ferragosto Balkan Boogie Party at Carroponte (find on map).
August 15th 10 am-11 pm Ferragosto at the Bagni Misteriosi (the outdoor swimmingpool in 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map) with music at 6.30 pm by the percussionists Sambou Diawara and Ibrahim Bakayoko ( djembe) and a slice of watermelon for everybody. The price for the whole day is €18 and for only the afternoon/evening €12.
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.