Milan Destination Guide

Strutting the leading global style trends, Milan’s celebrated fashion weeks and illustrious designer boutiques are a highlight. It’s not all about couture in the Italian fashion capital, though. Discover Milan’s wealth of art, live music, ballet and opera, alongside its thrilling seasonal sporting activities, with our selection of upcoming events.

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Until September 30, 2019

Beyond the Castle: Time to Make History

A 15th-century castle thrusting up from 14th-century fortifications, Castello Sforzesco has deep historical roots. These roots are brought to life through virtual reality in a hi-tech exhibition that illustrates what the castle looked like during the Renaissance. Immersive and interactive, Beyond the Castle includes an opportunity for budding archers to test their aim in defending the fortress from attack.

Castello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello, 20121 Milan

+39 02 8846 3700

Until October 13, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci Parade

Part of a programme of initiatives marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, Milan’s Museum of Science and Technology displays a collection of models—crafted in the 1950s and based on da Vinci’s drawings—alongside rare, 16th-century frescos worked on by Lombardy painters including Bernardino Luini and his students.


Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Via S. Vittore 21 – 20123 Milano

+39 02 48 555 1

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September 15 – 18, 2019


A prestigious international fair devoted to leather goods, accessories and bags, Mipel returns with fresh innovations in September. Over the four days, more than 15,000 visitors pour through Fieramilano’s aisles to admire an immense inventory of high-end leather products. The bi-annual exhibition has been a Milanese tradition since its foundation in 1962.


Fieramilano, Strada Statale del Sempione 28, 20017 Rho

+39 02 584 511

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September – October, 2019

MilanOltre Contemporary Dance Festival

Performance, movement, dance and physical theatre take centre stage this month with Milan Oltre Contemporary Dance Festival. Comprising performances from international dance companies and showcasing everything from improvisation to adaptations of Shakespeare, full-bodied, evocative performances are guaranteed.


Teatro Elfo Puccini, 33 Corso Buenos Aries, 20124 Milan

+39 02 0066 0606

September – October, 2019

Milano Film Festival

The Milano Film Festival welcomes up to 100,000 attendees from around the world during its three-week spell. Screenings take advantage of the balmy weather and are held in some of the city’s most attractive parks and piazzas. Workshops, previews and a range of well-attended parties and events complete the schedule.


Various locations

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October 13, 2019

Deejay Ten Milano

Milan’s iconic running event sees thousands race through the city this October, while spectators cheer from the sidelines. Active visitors can easily participate in the atmospheric event, which winds its way around some of Milan’s prettiest piazzas and most impressive architectural landmarks.


Across Milan

+39 02 342 522

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November 1 – 10, 2019


As temperatures cool, Milan’s jazz festival turns up the tempo across the city’s favourite venues. JazzMi features a buzzing programme of performances by rising stars and established artists alike, while screenings, exhibitions, talks and masterclasses keep blues, swing and funk enthusiasts entertained in between.


Various locations across Milan

November 5 – 10, 2019

EICMA Bikes and Motorbikes Exhibition 2019

Bikers from across Italy and beyond flock to the EICMA Bikes and Motorbikes Exhibition, now well established in its 77th year. The world’s leading show for two wheelers, it’s an impressive assemblage of the best brands in the industry revealing their latest models. This year focuses on E-Bikes and eco-friendly technologies, with doors open to the public from 7th November.


Fiera Milano, SS. 33 del Sempione 28, Rho 20017 Milan

8.7 miles – 28 minutes’ drive from Hotel Principe di Savoia

+39 02 4997 7379

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November 6 – 23, 2019

Die ägyptische Helena

Strauss’ exquisite Die ägyptische Helena premiered in 1928, but the opera has never been shown at La Scala—until this autumn. The Grecian myth is replete with mystical beings, cunning sorcerers, a beautiful heroine and more than a few sprinkles of magic, all of which are carried through on an utterly enchanting score.


Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milan

1 mile – 20 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe di Savoia

+39 02 88791

Image © Teatro alla Scala

August, 2019 – May, 2020

Serie A

Late August is key for football fans, as it marks the annual return of Serie A. The city’s team, AC Milan, competes in home matches at San Siro Stadium, where fans from Milan and beyond come to cheer. Ranked among the most regarded football league competitions in the world, Serie A has produced a strong hand of European Cup finalists.


San Siro Stadium, Piazzale Angelo Moratti, 20151 Milan

+39 02 6228 4545

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November 13 – 17, 2019

Bookcity Milano

Authors and editors, illustrators and designers, bookworms and literary fans converge as Bookcity Milano returns for its eighth year. A celebration of reading, visitors can flick through an engaging programme of more than 100 events, including panel discussions, readings and performances.


Teatro Dal Verme, Via S. Giovanni sul Muro, 20122 Milan

1.3 miles – 27 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe di Savoia

+39 347 3570304

Until January 2, 2020

Milano e Leonardo

Instantly recognisable by its vibrant red brick exterior, Sforza Castle is one of Milan’s abiding architectural attractions, and where Leonardo da Vinci resided during his time in Milan. This summer, the building throws open its gates in honour of the legendary creative. View intricate, freehand da Vinci designs jotted on its walls and experience what Milan was like at the turn of the 16th century, thanks to a cutting-edge installation.


Sforza Castle, Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano

+39 02 8846 3700

October 1, 2019 – February 3, 2020

Sogni d’Oriente: Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, gli italiani e il Giappone

Translating to Dreams of the East: Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, the Italians and Japan, this exhibition explores how the Far East inspired European artists from the Impressionists onwards. MUDEC presents pieces by influential European artists alongside Japanese works by the likes of Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro.

Museo delle Culture, via Tortona 56, CAP 20144 Milano

6.2km – 25 minutes’ drive from Hotel Principe Di Savoia

+39 02 302 23917

October 4, 2019, March 1, 2020

Filippo de Pisis

Dedicated to Italian painter and poet Filippo de Pisis (1896-1956), this extensive survey of the artist’s work steers attendees between Cortina and Rome, Milan and Venice. The Ferrara-born artist was fond of travelling, and a patchwork of cultures and destinations are accented in his creations. Pier Giovanni Castagnoli edits this whirlwind exhibition at the Museo del Novecento from October.

Museo del Novecento, Piazza del Duomo, 8, 20123 Milano

2.1km – 25 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe Di Savoia

+39 02 659 7728

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October 12 – December 1, 2019

Cesare Viel

Prose, performance, video, photography and sketch—no singular medium defines Cesare Viel’s style. When adding to his unique oeuvre, the Chivasso-born artist harnesses themes relating to human relationships and communication, the body and gender identity. The works on display at PAC promise diversity and viewers will have the chance to see, hear and engage with a range of evocative pieces.


PAC, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Via Palestro, 14, 20122 Milan

1km – 13 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe Di Savoia

+39 02 8844 6359

Image © Courtesy of the artist Cesare Viel

October, 2019 – February 2020

Canova. Teste Ideali.

One of the most celebrated sculptors of his time, Antonio Canova (1757-1822) crafted intricate marble busts and world-renowned statues during the Neoclassical age. Meaning ‘ideal head’, Canova. Teste Ideali at the Galleria d’arte Moderna reveals how the Italian artist developed a new form of bust, based on the many variations of ideal beauty.


Galleria d’arte Moderna, Via Palestro, 16, 20121 Milano

1km – 13 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe Di Savoia

+39 02 8844 5947

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November 2019 – Spring, 2020

Cesare Colombo (1935 - 2016): Un fotografo nella Milano del Novecento

Cesare Colombo was an ambitious photographer who articulately captured the social, cultural and political scene of Milan during the 20th century, framing important events and contributing to a myriad of publications, books and archives. A Photographer in 20th-Century Milan presents a selection of Colombo’s key pieces to evoke a strong sense of the city’s recent history.


Castello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello, 20121 Milan

1.2 miles – 24 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe di Savoia

+39 02 8846 3703

November, 2019 – March, 2020

Van Cleef & Arpels

Esteemed French jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels showcases its patrimonial collection at the Palazzo Reale this winter. Curated by Alba Cappellieri from the Vicenza Museum of Jewellery, each piece included in the exhibition sparkles with the brand’s signature flora and fauna motifs, exquisitely encrusted with precious gems.


Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milan

1.3 miles – 26 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe di Savoia

+39 02 8844 5181

Image © Lorenzo Pennati

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November 30 – December 8, 2019

Artigiano in Fiera

Returning for its 24th edition, Artigiano in Fiera is a celebration of artisanal craftsmanship. The exposition lands in Milan just before the winter holidays, bringing with it handmade Italian and international treasures from thousands of skilled craftspeople. Shop everything from wine and local gastronomic delights to hand-sewn clothing, fine leather accessories, and more.

Fiera Milano, Strada Statale 33 del Sempione, 28, 20145 Rho

7.8 miles – 28 minutes’ drive from Hotel Principe di Savoia

+39 02 3191 1911

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December, 2019

Christmas festivities in Duomo Square

A smorgasbord of festive food markets, live performances and family-friendly entertainment spills out across Duomo Square this month, culminating in Midnight Mass at the Duomo on December 24. Milan’s most famous square and a lively cultural hub, Piazza del Duomo sits at the heart of the city and is awash with merriment throughout the festive season.

Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milan

1.2 miles – 25 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe di Savoia

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December 7, 2019

La Prima

In keeping with tradition, La Scala’s new opera season gets underway on December 7–Saint Ambrose Day. Along with the opening night’s cultural significance, La Prima is also a glamorous event in the society calendar. Milan’s world-renowned opera house pitches the bar sky high for another enthralling year of classic operatic renditions and world-class performances.

Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano

1.1 miles – 22 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe di Savoia

+39 02 7200 3744

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December, 2019

Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Christmas Market and The Sant’Ambrogio Festivities

Translated as ‘How beautiful! How beautiful!’, Oh Bej! Oh Bej! is among Milan’s most anticipated festive events. Held annually around December 7, which is also a holiday celebrating Milanese patron Saint Ambrose, the festival brings with it a flurry of live entertainment as well as myriad shopping opportunities. It traces its roots back to the early 16th century, when a religious figure visited Milan and gifted the city’s children with presents.

Sforza Castle, Piazza Castello, 27029 Milano

1.2 miles – 24 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe di Savoia

+39 02 8846 3700

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November – December, 2019

Oggetto Libro

Oggetto Libro–‘Book Object’–is an international festival devoted to books, art and design. Held annually in Milan, the exposition celebrates the written word in all its guises, as well as the forward-thinking graphic designers, publishers and artists who are creating content in novel ways. Attend dynamic panel discussions and compelling debates, while viewing special cover designs and books made from unconventional materials.

Braidense National Library, Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano

0.8 miles – 16 minutes’ walk from Hotel Principe di Savoia


January 6, 2020

The Procession of the Magi

A colourful street parade that honours the visit of the three kings to the baby Jesus on the Epiphany, the Procession of the Magi has been a festive tradition in Milan for centuries. At around 11am, follow the fanfare from the Duomo di Milano to the Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio to witness marching bands and worshippers wearing vivid costumes, as well as thousands of well-wishers who turn up to cheer the event.

Duomo di Milano, Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milan MI

1.3 miles – 25 minutes’ walk from Principe di Savoia

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October 31, 2019 – February 23, 2020

Cerith Wyn Evans

Contemporary Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans is widely celebrated for his neon-lit installations, which are composed to redefine and question a sense of place and space. This large-scale exhibition comprises select pieces from the past 20 years of his career, with the resulting show challenging the sense perceptions in unusual ways.

Pirelli HangarBicocca, Via Chiese, 2, 20126 Milan MI

3.9 miles – 21 minutes’ drive from Principe di Savoia

+39 02 6611 1573

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January, 2020

Milano Moda Uomo Milan

Italy’s capital of fashion, Milan follows Paris, New York and London in showcasing the Winter 2020 men’s collections from the world’s leading fashion houses. Gentlemen with an eye for cutting-edge style, sharp tailoring and fine fabrics should make their way to the

catwalks, designer showcases and glittering events taking place across the city during the five-day run.

Various locations

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January 15 – February 13, 2020

Romeo et Juliette

Prokofiev’s emotional score overlaid upon Shakespeare’s most celebrated romantic tragedy is executed with spectacular aplomb on the stage of Teatro alla Scala for Romeo et Juliette. Jewel-coloured costumes and dramatically pared-back sets make this skilled production the cultural highlight not to be missed this month.

Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano MI

Less than a mile – 21 minutes’ walk from Principe di Savoia

+39 02 861 768