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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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).
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.
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).