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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Milan

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Milan each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

January 6: Epiphany (Feast of Befana, national holiday)

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)

A public holiday in Italy. After the morning service at church, which is generally well attended and followed by the traditional moment of silence at the gravesides of the dearly departed, people gather at their homes for a meal with family and/or friends.

November 4: Day of Italian Unification (Giorno dell'Unità Nazionale - 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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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Milan

Milan has a humid continental climate with hot summers, no real dry season, and significant rainfall throughout the year. Winters are cold, raw and relatively snowy. In both the autumn and winter, the city and its environs can often be shrouded in a thick layer of fog. And yet, Milan enjoys a great deal of sunshine (6 to 9 hours a day) between April and September and thus attracts a large influx of tourists every summer!

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -2/28 5/41 64/2.5 Not the best period to go
February 0/32 8/46 63/2.5 Not the best period to go
March 3/37 13/55 82/3.2 Not the best period to go
April 7/45 18/64 82/3.2 Good period to go Good period to go
May 11/52 22/72 97/3.8 Good period to go Good period to go
June 15/59 26/79 65/2.6 Good period to go Good period to go
July 17/63 29/84 68/2.7 Not the best period to go
August 17/63 28/82 93/3.7 Not the best period to go
September 14/57 24/75 69/2.7 Good period to go Good period to go
October 8/46 18/64 100/3.9 Good period to go Good period to go
November 4/39 10/50 101/4.0 Not the best period to go
December -1/30 5/41 60/2.4 Not the best period to go
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Milan International Airports

Milan Linate (LIN) airport will be closed from 27 July until 27 October 2019 due to maintenance. Consequently, all Air France & KLM flights are cancelled for this period.

Customers have been reaccomodated on alternate flights to/from Milan Malpensa (MXP). Due to extra traffic via MXP, customers are advised to arrive early at the airport.

Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate International Airports


There are three airports in the Milan region: Malpensa, Linate (temporarily closed) and Bergame/Orio. Air France serves the Malpensa and Linate airports.

Milan Malpensa International Airport

Milan's Malpensa Airport is located about 50 kilometres (31 miles) northwest of the city centre.
  • Two terminals:
    • Terminal 1 Malpensa West (Air France)
    • Terminal 2 Malpensa North

Getting from the airport to Milan and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A8 from Milan.
    • Drop-off (P3), long-term (P1), Business (P2), Holiday (P4), and Easy (P5) parking facilities available at the airport. For short-term parking, the price is EUR 3 for the first hour, then EUR 2 per extra half-hour, EUR 29 for 1 day.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals halls of Terminal 1.
  • By shuttle bus
    • Terravision, STIE Autostradale and Air Pullman offer shuttle bus services between the airport and Milano Centrale train station, with departures every 10 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. and a travel time of about 50 minutes. A one-way ticket costs about EUR 10.
  • By rail
    • Malpensa Express trains leave from the underground level at Terminal 1, connecting the airport with Milano Cadorna station every half-hour. Trains operate from 5:53 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. every day, with a travel time of 29 minutes to Cadorna, and the one-way fare is EUR 13.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside each terminal. The fixed fare to any address within the city area is EUR 95 (for a maximum of four passengers with luggage).
  • Services : shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available at the airport.
  • Telephone: +39 (0)2 23 23 23
  • Website: www.milanomalpensa-airport.com

Milan Linate International Airport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)

Milan's Linate Airport is located about 7 kilometres (4 miles) from the city centre.
  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Milan and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible from the north via the A4 and the A51, from the west via Viale Forlanini, and from the east via the A35-BreBeMi.
    • P1 (short-stay) and P2 (short- and long-stay) parking facilities available. EUR 3 for the first hour, then EUR 2 per extra half-hour, EUR 35 per day.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall.
  • By bus
    • Several bus lines connect the airport to the city centre and central station. EUR 1.5 to 3 for a one-way ticket. One bus every 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Shuttle between Linate and Malpensa
    • Air Pullman operates a shuttle bus service making five daily express trips in either direction between Linate and Malpensa. Travel time is about 1 hour and one-way tickets cost EUR 13 for adults, EUR 6.50 for children under 12.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks just outside the arrivals hall, at exit 5. The fare to central Milan starts at about EUR 20.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available at the airport.
  • Telephone: +39 (0)2 23 23 23
  • Website: www.milanolinate-airport.com

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GETTING AROUND Milan

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?

By rail

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:

  • M1 (red line), which stops at Milano Cadorna, Duomo, Piazza San Babila, Piazza Venezia, and Rho Fiera (Expo Milano)
  • M3 (yellow line), which stops at Piazza Vittoria, Piazzale Dateo, Piazza Repubblica and Milano Centrale

Tickets are available from the machines at the stations and from newsagents, and are also used for tram lines and bus routes.

Fares:
  • A single ticket costs EUR 1.50 and is valid for 90 minutes, including one Metro journey and any number of tram and bus rides.
  • A book of 10 single tickets costs EUR 13.80. Unlimited tickets are also available for periods of 24 hours (EUR 4.50) and 48 hours (EUR 8.25).

Useful tip: RIcaricaMI, a rechargeable electronic fare card, may be purchased for EUR 2.50, with one standard single ticket included in the price. It may then be topped up with up to three books of tickets or three 1-day passes.

By bus

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.

Pricing:

  • EUR 1.50 for a single ticket
  • EUR 4.50 for a one-day pass

By tram

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.

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful in Milan, but relatively expensive. A short ride during daytime hours costs around EUR 10 (EUR 1.10 per kilometer).

By bicycle

Bicycles are ideal for getting around Milan at your own pace. Milan has a public bike-sharing service, called BikeMi, with some 1,400 bicycles available, both traditional and electric-assisted, at over 150 stations throughout the city. A 24-hour subscription costs EUR 4.50 while a weekly one can be purchased for EUR 9.00.

By car

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.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Milan, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize 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.).

  • Address: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (corner Piazza della Scala), Milano
  • Telephone: +39 (0)2 884 555 55

Website: www.turismo.milano.it/wps/portal/tur/en

Agency for the promotion of tourism (Azienda di Promozione Turistica - APT)

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:

  • APT Via Marconi, 1

APT Stazione Centrale F.S.

Further information available online for visitors to Italy

The official website of Italy's national tourist board (Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo, ENIT) provides a wealth of information on Milan.

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR).

INR 1 = EUR 0.01

EUR 1 = INR 100

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation. Milan counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for Italy

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

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Uselful contacts

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Milan, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Italian phrases that will make your stay in Milan a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Buongiorno Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Buongiorno</em>

Good evening: Buonasera Good evening: <em>Buonasera</em>

Goodbye: Arrivederci Goodbye: <em>Arrivederci</em>

Yes: Si Yes: <em>Si</em>

No: No No: <em>No</em>

No, thank you: No, grazie No, thank you: <em>No, grazie</em>

Thank you very much: Grazie mille Thank you very much: <em>Grazie mille</em>

Please: Per favore Please: <em>Per favore</em>

I don't understand: Non capisco I don't understand: <em>Non capisco</em>

Could you repeat ?: Può ripetere ? Could you repeat ?: <em>Può ripetere ?</em>

What time is it ?: Che ora è ? / Che ora sono ? What time is it ?: <em>Che ora è ? / Che ora sono ?</em>

Sorry: Mi scusi (formal)
Excuse me: Scusatemi (plural) Sorry: <em>Mi scusi (formal)</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Scusatemi (plural)</em>

Airport: Aeroporto Airport: <em>Aeroporto</em>

Train station: Stazione Train station: <em>Stazione</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hotel / Albergho Hotel: <em>Hotel / Albergho</em>

Hospital: Ospedale Hospital: <em>Ospedale</em>

Bank: Banca Bank: <em>Banca</em>

Telephone: Telefono Telephone: <em>Telefono</em>

I'm (…): Sono (…). I'm (…): <em>Sono (…).</em>

I'm looking for (…): Sto cercando (…). I'm looking for (…): <em>Sto cercando (…).</em>

How much is (…)?: Quanto costa ? How much is (…)?: <em>Quanto costa ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Ha (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Ha (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Dove si trova (…) ? / Dove posso trovare (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Dove si trova (…) ? / Dove posso trovare (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Dove si compra (…) ? / Dove posso comprare (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Dove si compra (…) ? / Dove posso comprare (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Vorrei (…). I'd like (…): <em>Vorrei (…).</em>

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Good to know

+ 39
+ phone number (without 0)
-3 : 30
of time difference with
Delhi
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks
Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Government offices

Usually open Monday to Friday in the morning only
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping

At restaurants that have waiting staff, a 10 to 15% service charge (servizio) is usually included in the bill. If the service is exceptional, you can certainly leave a few euros more. Some restaurants also apply a cover charge (pane e coperto, literally "bread and cutlery"), which is not considered as a gratuity, but is instead a set, nominal fee you will need to pay regardless of what you eat. You should therefore be wary of the very attractive prices posted in the windows of certain restaurants, because they may not include either the servizio or the pane e coperto!

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