When to Go in Milan

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Milan's weather is fairly temperate and mild, but the seasons vary enough to make them worth weighing in. If you want to add a bit of pizazz to your trip, you could also try to schedule your time to coincide with a major festival. Finally, you should always consider the peak travel times for hot spot destinations such as Milan.

Seasons

  • Winter lasts from December through February and is always cold but generally mild. Temperatures will occasionally drop to about -4 degrees C, but 7 degrees C is the more common average. Winter in Milan is actually drier than other times of the year, with the city getting very little snow (averaging a week in the entire season).
  • Spring takes over in March, continues through May and is usually mild and wet. Days are often sunny, but the weather is changeable and you can expect rain at any time. The nights are cold, but the days usually average around 15 degrees C with occasional highs up to 21 degrees C as the season progresses.
  • Summer in Milan is hot and humid. There is less rain than in the spring but thunderstorms are frequent, as is morning fog. The average temperatures hover around 25 degrees C, with 30 degrees C being the norm later in the season. Be sure to wear light, cool clothing to counteract the humidity!
  • Autumn lasts from September through November and is once again mild and wet. September sees plenty of sunny days, but the clouds become more frequent as the rain increases. Usually about 1/2 of the days in the season see rainfall. Nights are cold, so bring a jacket, but days still average between 11 and 18 degrees C.

Festivals

  • St. Ambrose Day occurs on December 7 of each year and is a religious celebration for the city's patron saint. There is usually a street fair with plenty of stalls selling all sorts of wares, along with plenty of street vendors offering delicious foods and sweets.
  • Milan Fashion Week is hugely popular, lasting about 10 days at the end of February. The runway shows are invitation only, so don't expect to sneak in to see the latest trends on the catwalk. But if you're fashion-minded then you'll definitely get a kick out of seeing your favorite icons roaming the streets of Milan between shows.
  • Notturni in Villa begins in mid-April, continues throughout the summer and is a series of outdoor concerts held at the various locations throughout Milan. They're a big hit with locals and tourists alike. Spring is also the time of year when private historical buildings, residences and courtyards are open for public viewing.
  • Festa del Naviglio occurs at the start of June and lasts for 10 days. Street performers, live music, a street market, food stalls and a final parade definitely lend a festive air to the beautiful city during the event.
  • The Jazz Festival of Milan is extremely popular and brings in a lot of big name performers from all over Europe. The festival is usually held in November and lasts for the entire month. Venues are scattered throughout the city.

Tourism

  • Peak Season is the summer months and the biannual fashion weeks. Expect accommodations and flights to be completely full, so make your reservations well in advance. Prices will also be higher at these times, as well as at Christmas and Easter.
  • Low Season is usually just before and after the summer, as well as throughout the winter. Prices will be lower, but keep in mind that in the winter the ferries stop and a good many shops will be closed. Most places, however, just operate on winter schedules and you'll have places to yourself.

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