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.
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.
There’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.