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.
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 7 pm Circus Nuova Berberia Carloni and DJ set with disco music from the 70s and 80s at Castello Sforzesco (find on map).
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.
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).
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.
Although all the festivities are oficially over several of the ice skating rinks in Milan remain open until the end of January, So if that’s your kind of thing here is the list.
December 7th-January 28th 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 4.30-7.30 pm and at weekends 10.30 am-7.30 pm. Admission is €5 and you can rent both skates and helmets. There is also a very nice bar and lots of games for those of the family who don’t fancy skating.
December 2nd-January 21st 10 am-midnight (open until 2 am at weekends) there is an ice skating rink and merry-go-round in Piazza Beccaria (find on map).
December 1st-January 31st ice skating rink in Largo Beltami (find on map) right in front of Castello Sforzesco.
December 1st-January 28th 4-9.30 pm on weekdays and 11 am-9.30 pm at weekends ice skating rink in Piazza Città di Lombardia (find on map).