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.
Living Planet Symposium
Held every three years in the space-age MiCo centre, this year’s edition of the European Space Agency’s Living Planet Symposium explores how Earth is seen from a distance. Astrologists and stargazers can admire extraordinary images and footage of our planet from outer space, and discover how new technologies are revolutionising the way we can observe it.
Milano Congressi, Piazzale Carlo Magno 1, 20149 Milan
+39 02 4997 7134
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
Art on Naviglio Grande
Navigli is a bohemian haven of art galleries that’s well worth exploring. On Sunday, May 5, the banks of the serene Naviglio Grande canal bristle with pop-up stalls displaying paintings, photographs, sculptures and illustrations by local artists. Stroll through to soak up the neighbourhood’s laid-back ambience and browse unique treasures from Milan’s creative talent.
Naviglio Grande, Milan
+39 02 89 40 99 71
Milano Food City
Few do food quite as famously as Italy, and nowhere is it celebrated with as much flavour as Tutto Food’s Milano Food City. Parmesan tastings, celebrity chef presentations and workshops on how to perfect homemade pasta are served alongside a gastronomic array of menus paying tribute to the most sought-after tastes from across the country.
Various locations around Milan
+39 02 4997 6239
Orticola Flower Show
The grand sweep of Indro Montanelli’s Garden erupts in a vivid rainbow of spring and summer blooms for Orticola Flower Show. With fragrant roses, lilacs, peonies and geraniums on display beneath pretty puffs of cherry blossom, it’s a stunning floral celebration that marks the true start of summer in the city.
Indro Montanelli’s Garden, Bastioni di Porta Venezia, 20121 Milan
+39 02 0202
Piano City Milano
A citywide ode to music, Piano City Milano offers a melodic programme of performances by established and emerging pianists in unusual venues, all of which are open to the public over the weekend. Expect to stumble upon a Schubert recital in a private courtyard, a Rolling Stones tribute in the tram or a pianist playing jazz in the park.
Various locations around Milan
One of Milan’s major cultural highlights this month, an ambitious exhibition of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Neoclassical works shows in the grand interiors of the Palazzo Reale while the Ingres Museum closes for refurbishment. The retrospective offers a rare opportunity to encounter the French genius’ exquisite handiwork in a palatial setting.
Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milan
+39 02 8846 5230
Ushering in the summer with due colour and pageantry, Naviglio Festival is an explosion of folk music, parades, dance performances and stalls selling local handicrafts. During the first ten days of June, the festival spills out along Naviglio’s Grande and Pavese canals, bringing an extra injection of character into this distinctly vibrant district.
Milan Photo Week
Milan Photo Week’s third edition is packed full of workshops, film screenings, guided tours and exhibitions, all which will appeal to photography buffs and Instagram enthusiasts. Spanning venues across the city, the event aims to encourage, tempt and teach visitors to witness the world with increased intentionality and explore the camera’s capacity to both interpret and tell reality.
+39 347 357 0304
Men's Fashion Week: Spring/Sumer 2020
The leading brands in international fashion descend on the style capital for four glittering days of shows, parties and star-studded events. From Armani to Versace, Marni to Jimmy Choo, the blockbuster couture brands commandeer Milan’s most prestigious venues to showcase next season’s leading trends.
+39 02 777 1081
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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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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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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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
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
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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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.
+39 02 4391 0962
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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