New Year’s Eve falls near the end of a month of holidays in Milan, but that doesn’t mean the locals are tired of the festivities. The Milanese love New Year’s Eve – they love going to night clubs even when they’re not ringing in a new year. There are plenty of options for how to spend New Year’s Eve, and thankfully for visitors those activities are varied enough that there’s something for every taste – and budget.
Christmas is a lovely time to be in Italy, but most people probably don’t think of Milan as a cozy or festive place to spend the holiday. Milan has a few things going for it in the winter, however, not least is the fact that the holidays last for nearly a solid month.
Milan is home to one of the world’s great opera houses, La Scala. Opera is something of an acquired taste, however, and if it doesn’t quite suit your palate – or if tickets to see a performance at La Scala are too expensive or difficult to come by – you can still enjoy a visit to the theater with a tour of its museum.
Venice is well-known for its canals, but it’s not the only city in Italy with canals. The busy banking and fashion capital of Milan once had a network of more than 93 miles of canals connecting the city center with nearby rivers. Today, there are two canals you can still see, and the neighborhood around them – the Navigli district – is worth exploring for other reasons, too.
In the autumn, when Milan is coming out of its summer holidays, it’s one of the best times to visit the city. Even if your itinerary only includes a day or two in the city on your way in or out of Italy, it’s worth looking into what’s going on when you’re in town to see if there’s a reason to extend your autumn visit.
There are plenty of places to find suggestions on what to do in Milan. Sometimes, however, what you need to hear about are the things you should not do in a city. Here, then, is what not to do in Milan.
For many visitors to Italy, Milan is an entry or exit point (thanks to its big international airport), but most people don’t plan to spend much time in the city itself. If they stay, it’s usually for a day on either end of their trip, and usually just to see Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” But you can use Milan as a base from which to explore other parts of Italy – including the great city of Bologna.
There’s nothing like getting back from a fantastic trip to Italy only to find that all your vacation stories sound just like everyone else’s. One great way to avoid that fate is to seek out the odd sights – and even a place as famous as Italy has plenty of them. Milan, for instance, has a handful of weird attractions that most people don’t even know exist – let alone take the time to experience them.
Nevermind that there’s another lake in Italy with the name “Maggiore” – Lake Garda is the country’s biggest lake. In fact, Lake Garda is actually in three different Italian regions – Veneto, Trentin-Alto Adige, and Lombardy – and the lake has different characteristics depending on where you are.
Browsing through the tables at an Italian flea market can be an entertaining way to spend a day – and it’s a great thing to do if you’re looking for unique souvenirs. In Milan, the only real flea market is the Fiera di Senigallia (Senigallia Fair), which happens every Saturday year-round.