A Bespoke Guide to Milan - Summer

With its world-class galleries, stunning blend of medieval and modern architecture, leafy piazzas, and leading fashion houses, Milan is a popular destination at any time of the year. In the summer, visitors can look forward to some standout exhibitions at local galleries, as well as open-air concerts, exciting new fashion shows and a variety of lively summer festivals. Discover the best seasonal events in Milan with this essential guide to Milan in summer.


La Rinascente at Palazzo Reale


Those looking for a sophisticated summer exhibition in Milan should look no further than Palazzo Reale. Displaying a variety of stylish items from La Rinascente, the city’s most famous department store, it charts the changes in Italian taste and trends over the past century. Placing the hopes and dreams of the Italian people under a microscope, the exhibition covers an important chapter of history.


May 24 – September 24, 2017

La Rinascente at Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano


Men's Fashion Week


Milan’s Men’s Fashion Week welcomes the leading names in the international fashion scene to the city for four days of shows, parties and elegant events. From Armani to Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo to Prada and Gucci, all the major designers will be participating, bring new cuts, fresh ideas and several deadly pouts to the catwalk.


June 17 – 20, 2017

Various locations across Milan

Naviglio Festival


Falling on the first Sunday of June each year, to coincide with the feast of the Italian Republic, the Naviglio festival takes place principally on two of Milan’s main waterways, the Grande and Pavese canals. Lasting a fortnight, during which all manner of events take place, from street concerts to races, from antique-selling to cooking demonstrations, its carnival atmosphere brings out the best in everyone.


June 4 – 18, 2017

Various locations across Milan

Fang Zhaolin at Museo della Permanente


Following the career of Fang Zhaolin, who was sent from China to Britain to pursue her artistic dreams, the Museo della Permanente exhibition is the first major retrospective of her work. Totalling 66 individual pieces, many of her works combine a respect for traditional calligraphy and the old Chinese masters (such as Chang Dai Chien), with a rebellious spirit that wanted to “get out of routine and create a new vision”.


June 15 – September 10, 2017

Palazzo della Permanente, Via Turati 34, Milano


La Boheme at Teatro alla Scala


One of Opera’s unforgettable tales, La Boheme shows love at its romantic heights and tragic lows, leaving guests on the edge of their seats wondering whether Rodolfo (Fabio Sartori) and Mimi (Sonya Yoncheva) will withstand life’s trials. Aside from the dramatic storyline, part of the attraction of this event lies in the location of Teatro alla Scala, from its the bright golds and rich crimsons interiors to its glittering chandeliers.


June 7 – July 14, 2017

Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano


Kandinskij at the Mudec Museum


A special artist who worked his way from the depths of Russian tradition up to the heights of abstraction, the Mudec Museum’s Kandinskij exhibition pointedly falls on the year of the Russian Revolution’s centenary. Those who seek a fascinating blend of intimate metaphor and hard-edged geometry should seek out this rich selection of work – much of which exhibits in Italy for the first time.


March 15 – July 9, 2017

Museo delle Culture, via Tortona 56, CAP 20144 Milano


The Summer Festival at Ippodromo di S. Siro


The largest music festival in Northern Italy, The Summer Festival attracts leading international artists every year. 2017 is no different, with the likes of Kings of Leon, Major Lazer, The Chainsmokers, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Arcade Fire all filling up the giant Ippodromo di S. Siro with thousands of upbeat fans, giving Milan’s premier racetrack a pleasantly charged atmosphere.


June 11 – July 21, 2017

Ippodromo di S. Siro, Piazzale dello Sport, 20151, Milano


The Belvedere Floor at the Palazzo Lombardia


Palazzo Lombardia is a 39-storey skyscraper that sits near the centre of Milan. Offering panoramic views from its top floor (known as the Belvedere), over 81,000 visitors stepped into its lift last year. Once at the top, visitors can see other skyscrapers like the Pirelli and Unicredit towers, the San Siro stadium and sometimes, on a really clear day, a precious glimpse of the Alps.


Open every Sunday until August 13, 2017

Palazzo Lombardia, Via Melchiorre Gioia, 37, 20124 Milano

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