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.

Until July 7, 2019

I Masnadieri

Based on the play Die Räuber by Friedrich von Schiller, Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act production, I Masnadieri (The Robbers), runs until the middle of July 2019. Filled with drama and deception, it is being performed at Teatro alla Scala, the glamorous home of Italian opera.


Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano

+39 02 7200 3744

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July, 2019

Villa Arconati Music Festival

A grandiose Baroque mansion set in outlying Bollate, Villa Arconati hosts an eclectic, annual music festival every July. The musical programme draws form local and international talent and is staged in the outdoors against the backdrop of the house. Stay once the music has ended for a guided night walk through the grounds beneath the star-studded skies.


Via Madonna Fametta, 1, 20021 Castellazzo

+39 800 47 47 47

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June – August, 2019

Milano Arte Musica

In homage to musica antica (the music of old), Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicala puts on classical concerts throughout the summer months. Works by celebrated composers like Bach and Handel ring through Milan’s most historic venues, from ornate churches and pillared basilicas to intimate halls and theatres.


Various locations across Milan

+39 02 7631 7176

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August 2 – 11, 2019

Calici di Stelle

An annual summertime tradition, oenophiles and revellers alike are invited to toast the country’s thriving wine industry on the night of Calici di Stelle. Most of the events take place beneath the stars, with fine dining, pop-up art installations and live music entertaining well into the night.


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August 30 – 31, 2019

Milano Rocks

On the last weekend in August, rock music heavyweights take to the stage at Milano Rocks. British band Florence + The Machine headlines with 1975 on Friday, while Twenty One Pilots and Billie Eilish attend from the US for Saturday’s lead acts. Expect big crowds and amped-up decibels.


MIND Milano Innovation District, Via Cristina Belgioioso, 171, 20157 Milan

+39 02 6982 6701

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Until September 8, 2019

Roy Lichtenstein. Multiple Visions

One of the 20th century’s most influential artistic icons, Roy Lichtenstein is the focus of this vivid, witty exhibition. Featuring bold smacks of colour and Lichtenstein’s signature comic book style, more than 80 of his works are presented with a mix of prints, sculptures, and tapestries.


MUDEC, Via Tortona 56, CAP, 20144 Milan

+39 02 54917

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Until September 1, 2019

Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

Comprising a thought-provoking mix of debates, photography exhibitions and film screenings, Broken Nature explores the difficult relationship between humans and the environment. The programme invites visitors to question the destructive relationship between contemporary life and nature, and explore how we can make amends.


La Triennale di Milano, Palazzo della Triennale, Viale Emilio Alemagna 6, 20121 Milano

+39 02 724 341

September 5 – 8, 2019

Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia

One weekend a year, Monza Park near Lake Como explodes with a heart-racing cacophony of keening engines and wildly cheering Grand Prix enthusiasts as the world’s fastest sportscars rev around the track at lightning speed. When all the adrenalin gets a bit too much, stop off for a breather—and a refreshment—at one of the F1’s Paddock Clubs, to experience prime hospitality without missing any of the action.


Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Via Vedano, 5, 20900 Monza

+37 7932 54778

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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

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June – September, 2019

Cinema Arianteo

A summer essential for film buffs, Cinema Arianteo returns to Milan with pop-up, open-air screens set in prestigious locations such as Palazzo Reale and Chiostro dell’Incoronata. Settle in to an inspiring programme of old favourites and new releases surrounded by some of Milan’s most handsome architecture.


Various locations

+39 02 4391 0962

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July 19, 2018 – 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.


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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