Milan Destination Guide

With a dynamic program of art exhibitions, opera and ballet on the agenda, not to mention a host of traditional festive activities, Milan is an exciting place to be this winter. Don’t miss the citywide showcase of some of Italy’s most significant modern artists, from Mario Merz to Achille Castiglioni, as well as the traditional highlight of the festive season, Il Corteo dei Rei Magi, through the streets of Milan.

Carlo Carrà, Milan Winter guide Hotel Principe di Savoia
Carlo Carrà

It’s fitting that this epic retrospective should take place in Milan, as Carlo Carrà, a trailblazer in the early 20th-century Futurist movement, spent much of his life teaching here until his death in 1966. This exhibition pays tribute to the painter’s prolific body of work, examining his evolution through various influential styles, including his famous World War I-era metaphysical works.

 

4th October 2018 – 3rd March 2019

Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milan

 

www.palazzorealemilano.it

A Castiglioni

A century after his birth, this major show honours a pioneer in modern Italian design and architecture. Achille Castiglioni counts among his masterpieces a sleek plastic spoon created for Alessi in the 1960s and the Arco light, whose 65kg marble base is drilled through with a hole. While interesting from a design perspective, the hole also accommodates a pole to enable two people to carry the weight.

6th October 2018 – 20th January 2019

La Triennale di Milano, Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milan

www.triennale.org

Achille Castiglioni at Triennale Mlano, Hotel Principe di Savoia Winter guide
The Nutcracker at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Hotel Principe di Savoia Winter guide

The Nutcracker

Legendary pioneer of American ballet George Balanchine’s choreography of The Nutcracker is his most celebrated stage production, performed this year by dancers from the Teatro alla Scala Academy. The glittering costumes and sets by award-winning designer Margherita Palli marry beautifully with Tchaikovsky’s dazzling score to create a festive masterpiece.

16th December 2018 – 15th January 2019

Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici 2, 20121 Milan

www.teatroallascala.org

Eva Marisaldi

A prolific artist who draws on a wild spectrum of media, including photography, film, animation, installation and line-making, Eva Marisaldi likes to play with her work. A recurring theme of “everyday life” links her varied oeuvre, and the mundane enters a compelling sphere of imagination and fantasy. This is a fun, thoughtful exhibition that’s fittingly curated within PAC’s light, airy gallery space.

18th December 2018 – 3rd February 2019

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

www.pacmilano.it

Eva Marisaldi at PAC Milan, Hotel Principe di Savoia Winter guide
Alis Christmas Gala in Milan, Hotel Principe di Savoia winter events

Alis Christmas Gala

Roll up! Roll up! The year’s Alis Christmas Gala includes spectacularly choreographed acrobats, belly-laughing clowns, the nimblest of trapeze artists and daredevil stunt masters from Le Cirque World’s Top Performers. This festive circus, a 30-minute drive from Principe di Savoia, is a real crowd-pleaser, keeping both children and adults on the edge of their seats with its fast-paced programme of wildly courageous entertainment.

20th – 26th December 2018

Teatro della Luna, Via Giuseppe di Vittorio, 6, 20090 Assago

www.teatrodellaluna.com

Il Corteo dei Rei Magi (Procession of the Wise Kings)

Celebrate the national festive holiday of Epiphany with one of Milan’s oldest traditions, Il Corteo dei Re Magi. A procession of musicians, horses and participants in historic costume is led by the three wise kings through the streets of Milan. Starting from the grand Piazza di Duomo in the late morning and finishing at the Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio at midday, everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

 

6th January 2019

Various streets through Milan

Il Corteo dei Rei Magi (Procession of the Wise Kings)

La Traviata

A woeful tale that centres around doomed lovers Violetta and Alfredo, Verdi’s La Traviata is as visually spectacular as it is heartrending. The opera in three acts is performed at Milan’s opera house by an international, star-studded cast. Skilled sopranos Marina Rebeka and Sonya Yoncheva play Viola, and tenors Francesco Meli and Benjamin Bernheim are Alfredo.

11th January – 17th March 2019

Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici 2, 20121 Milan

www.teatroallascala.org

Salon du Chocolat

From endless rows of hand-rolled truffles and platters of gianduja, to mocha gelatos, cacao-inspired catwalk shows and thrilling demonstrations from leading confectioners, Salon du Chocolat is a sugary extravaganza of all things chocolate. A mouth-watering program of events and tastings offers plenty for those with a sweet tooth, or with a penchant for something darker and more sophisticated.

7th – 10th February 2019

Milano Congressi, Piazzale Carlo Magno, 1, 20149 Milano

www.salonduchocolat.it

Milano Men's Fashion Week

Italy’s capital of fashion, Milan follows Paris, New York and London in showcasing the Winter 2019 men’s collections from the world’s leading fashion houses. Gents 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.

21st – 27th February 2019

Various locations across Milan