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.

Hotel Principe di Savoia Milan events guide
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

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
Image © EICMA/Boomboogie

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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

Until 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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Until 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

Until 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
Image © Galleria d’arte Moderna

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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

Ph Credits Brescia Amisano/Teatro alla Scala

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

Ph Credits Andrea Scuratti/Comune di Milano

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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

Ph Credits Andrea Scuratti/Comune di Milano

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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

Ph Credits Watanabe Osamu

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

February 7 – 9, 2020

Affordable Art Fair

A trove of exciting new artwork, Milan’s Affordable Art Fair fills the Superstudio Più this February. Known for its relaxed approach to contemporary art, expect a broad spectrum of canvases from up-and-coming visionaries. More than 85 local and further-flung galleries will exhibit thousands of pieces, all under one roof.

Superstudio Più, Via Tortona, 27, 20144 Milano

3.7 miles – 24 minutes’ drive from Principe di Savoia

+39 049 657 401

Antlers Gallery/Max Naylor/Cipher

Milan affordable art fair
Mipel the bag show
February 16 – 19, 2020

Mipel- the bagshow

Billed as Milan’s biannual, premium leather goods market, MIPEL sets up shop at the Fiera de Milano once again. Bags, suitcases, belts, travel bags, gloves, umbrellas and all manner of luxury accessories will be showcased by both Italian and international designers. The exposition has been a Milanese tradition since its founding in 1962.

Fiera de Milano, Strada Statale Sempione, 28, 20017 Rho

7.5 miles – 30 minutes’ drive from Principe di Savoia

+39 024 9971

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February 4 – 6, 2020


A prestigious global fair devoted to top-end textiles, Milano Unica returns this February. Over the course of three days, fashion professionals will pour into the Rho fairground to display everything from luxury menswear fabrics to chic apparel, with all the latest trends in textiles on offer.

Via Alberto Riva Villasanta, 3, 20145 Milano

2 miles – 20 minutes’ drive from Principe di Savoia

+39 02 6610 1105

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Milano Unica
Milan interaction week
February 2 – 7, 2020

Interaction Week

Interaction Week travels overseas this year, from the USA to Europe, and Milan is the city selected to host the wave of bright sparks it will bring with it. The educational conference attracts the sharpest minds in design, science, philosophy and psychology for an inspiring programme of talks, workshops and events.

Fiera Milano Congressi S.p.A., Piazzale Carlo Magno, 1, 20149 Milano

3 miles – 20 minutes’ drive from Principe di Savoia

Interaction Week

February 18 – 24, 2020

Milano moda donna

The international fashion elite, the press, and the designers themselves all descend on the stylish streets of Milan for its coveted Fashion Week. The city’s sartorially-minded denizens enjoy catwalk shows and events that celebrate the next season’s must-have looks.

Various locations across Milan

+39 02 7771 081

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