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Milan - Facts for the traveller, when to go, events

Facts for the traveller for Milan

Architecture, both old and new, reflected in these buildings in Milan

When to Go to Milan

Though Italy has a predominantly Mediterranean climate, Milan's winters (December - February) qualify as brisk, with lows below freezing. The mountains shield the city from the worst of the Northern European winter, however.

Summer (May-Sept) can be hot and muggy. In August, most of the city heads to the beaches to escape the 30°C-plus (86°F-plus) heat; you'd do well to follow suit.

Milan Events

Milan's public holidays include Liberation Day (25 April), Labour Day (1 May), the Feast of the Assumption (15 August), All Saints' Day (1 November), the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December) and the Feast of Santo Stefano (26 December).

Milan likes to celebrate both the spiritual and material worlds with equal gusto. The Festa di Sant'Ambrogio, on 7 December, is Milan's biggest feast day, and is marked with religious celebrations and traditional fairs around the Fiera di Milano. La Scala marks the solemn occasion by opening its opera season on this day.

The first 10 days of June are devoted to the Festa del Naviglio, a smorgasbord of parades, music and other performances. The Milan Jazz Festival rocks through the city in November. Make the tourist office your first port of call for finding out more about these and other festivals and events.

If you feel the need for speed, Milan has the raceway for you: The Monza Autodrome, 31km (15mi) northeast of the city, hosts the Italian Grand Prix, where the top designers from Fiat, Jaguar and Ferrari show off their finest Formula One racers at an average speed of 250km/hr (150mi/hr).

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