There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Milan each year.
The main ones are listed below.
For all Italians, the 6th of January is the day when the benevolent white witch Befana, who predates Santa Claus in Italy, arrives on her broomstick with presents and candy for all children who have been good during the year, or a lump of coal if they have been bad!January 6: Parade of the Magi (Corteo dei Re Magi) (celebrated nationwide)
Also on Epiphany, a long procession, led by three men dressed up as the Magi and including a tableau vivant of the Nativity, makes its ways through the streets of Milan, from the Duomo to Sant'Eustorgio basilica, where a public ceremony is held.Week leading to Easter: Holy Week (Settimana Santa) (national holiday)
Religious processions and other events fill the streets of Milan during the week leading up to Easter and special services are held in churches throughout the city, with particularly elaborate liturgical ceremonies at Milan's Duomo, the world's third-largest cathedral, dedicated to Saint Mary of the Nativity.April 25: Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione) (national holiday)
Each year, this holiday commemorates the end of World War II in Italy. It is marked by parades, marching bands, speeches, and fireworks.March/April: Lunedì dell'Angelo (local event)
This Franciscan flower market, which has been held on Pasquetta (Easter Monday) for more than 400 years, celebrates the beginning of spring. Stalls take over Piazza Sant'Angelo and the streets between Piazza di Repubblica and Brera selling not only flowers, but also handicrafts, books and food items.May 1: Labour Day (Festa del Lavoro) (national holiday)
On Labour Day, which is a holiday in Italy, many artistic associations organise events in the historic centre of the city, featuring shows, workshops, street theatre, and a host of other events.June 2: Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica) (national holiday)
This holiday commemorates the national referendum voted on this day in 1946, when the Italian people chose a republic instead of a monarchy. In Milan, as in the rest of Italy, celebrations include official ceremonies, a military parade, fireworks, concerts and street parties.August 15:Assumption (Assunzione della Beata Vergine Maria) (national)
This holiday is dedicated to the worship of the Virgin Mary. Masses and processions are held in her honour in churches and streets of the historic centre.November 1: All Souls Day (Ognissanti) (national)
On this day of official commemorations, Italy celebrates both its unification by the Kings of the House of Savoy and the end of the First World War. This national Armed Forces Day is marked by many military parades.December 7: Festa di Sant'Ambrogio (local event)
The feast day of Milan's patron saint is celebrated with a street market selling regional foods, especially sweets, as well as seasonal handicrafts and antiques on the grounds of the Castello Sforzesco. A special mass is held at the Sant'Ambrogio basilica.December 25: Christmas (Natale) (national holiday) December 26: Day of Saint Stephen (Santo Stefano) (national)
This day has been a holiday in Italy since 1947 and celebrates the birth of St Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity. Traditionally, it is a day dedicated to the family, with a large festive meal.
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|December||-1/30||5/41||60/2.4||Not the best period to go|
Milan Malpensa International Airport
The Milan Malpensa International Airport is located about 50 kilometres (31 miles) northwest of the city centre.
Getting around Milan is extremely easy: Lombardy's capital has a very efficient public transport system serving all destinations throughout the city. But since Milan's historic centre does not cover a very large area, why not discover it on foot?
The Metropolitana Milanese has four underground lines, two of which serve all of the main tourist attractions, making the Metro the fastest and most practical way to get around:
Milan has nearly 50 bus routes, used in particular to reach suburban destinations or to travel between points on the edges of the city.
Tickets and passes purchased for the Metro are also valid on all of Milan's buses.
Milan is criss-crossed by a network of 18 tram lines. Trams running on these lines include the city's iconic orange streetcars dating back to the early 20th century as well as modern light-rail vehicles. Lines 1 and 4 are particularly to be recommended for exploring the city. Tickets and passes purchased for the Metro are also valid on all of Milan's tram lines.
Using a car to get around Milan is a very bad idea. Although the urban infrastructure, from smaller streets to major thoroughfares, is excellent, finding a place to park can be a nightmare.
Upon your arrival in Milan, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.Main tourist office (Informazione e Accoglienza Turistica)
This centre, the main IAT (Informazione e Accoglienza Turistica) office in Milan, offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
At various locations throughout the city, the APT operates tourist offices offering sightseeing information and recommendations for Milan and its surrounding area. Listed below are the main addresses for APT offices in Milan:
The official website of Italy's national tourist board (Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo, ENIT) provides a wealth of information on Milan.
The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR).
$1 = €0.83
€1 = $1.20
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Italy
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Milan.
For a stay of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in order to enter Italy.
As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Italy for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.
For further information, visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Milan, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic Italian phrases that will make your stay in Milan a little easier: