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 combined with 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.

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)

 

Electric scooters is the new big thing for ride sharing in Milan, be careful out in the traffic because there are no rules yet about how fast, where, how old, how. Here are the 4 apps you can download to use them:

Helbiz
(Download for Android | iPhone)

 

Lime – Your ride anytime.
Download for Android | iPhone)

 

 

 

Bird – enjoy the ride.
Download for Android | iPhone)

 

Dott – your ride, your way
Download til Android | iPhone)

 

 

 

Circ – electric scooter sharing
(Download for 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)

OFO
A dock-free bike sharing service, where you can find a bicycle near you. It costs €0,20 for the first half hour, €0,30 for the second half hour and €0,50 every half hour after that. You can also rent the bike for a whole day at €5.

(Download Android | iPhone)

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