What is the Best Time to Visit Milan?
Milan in August
Milan Weather in August
August is the hottest and the driest month of the summer in Milan, bringing thousands of travellers to the city to make the most of the good weather. You can expect average daily temperatures of 30°C and very high humidity that is only heightened by the number of people in the city at this time of year.
The weather in Milan in August is much drier than in June and July, with only light rain showers expected around 10 days of the month with none of the intensity of the previous months’ storms.
What to Do in Milan in August
The majority of the locals in Milan clear out of the city in August and go on summer holidays elsewhere in the country, so whilst it’s an incredibly busy time of the year, you won’t see many Italians out and about in the city.
Because of the influx of tourists and the heat, we recommend that you spend your time enjoying alternative attractions in the city or ensure that you book tickets for popular museums and galleries that are still open. Day trips to nearby locations like Lake Como or Verona are also a great idea, particularly as humidity tends to be lower outside of the city.
Milan in September
Milan Weather in September
The high temperatures of the summer start to decline in September, although the average daily high is still a very warm 25°C. It gets much cooler at nighttime as the month progresses, with an average low of 14°C that may require a light jacket and around 10 days of rain forecast with showers that tend to be quite heavy.
What to Do in Milan in September
September is one of the year’s best times to visit Milan, as locals return to the city after their holidays and plenty of new exhibitions, shows and events take place to mark the start of the autumn season. It’s not as busy in September as over the summer, so now is a great time to go to popular galleries and museums to enjoy Milan’s cultural offerings.
The highlight of visiting Milan in September is Women’s Fashion Week, which is possibly the most popular of the fashion events that take place over the year. The city is packed around this week, so be prepared for very expensive accommodation and plenty of places to be fully booked.
Milan in October
Milan Weather in October
The weather in Milan in autumn is fairly unpredictable, with mild temperatures and as much sunshine as there is rain. It’s usually around 19°C during the day and 10°C in the evenings and early morning, with rain showers appearing on around 11 days during the month and bringing down a fair amount of water.
What to Do in Milan in October
If you like your holiday destinations to be quiet when you visit then you may find that October is the best month of the year to visit Milan, as the unpredictable weather means that it’s not too busy.
As well as classic trips to cultural attractions around the city, October is also a lovely time to visit Lake Como or Lake Garda and appreciate the changing scenery in the mountains and around the water. It’s still warm enough to enjoy walking around the city during the day, so guided tours are a great option at this time of year.
Milan in November
Milan Weather in November
November is known as being the wettest time of the year in Milan, with around half the days of the month seeing a significant amount of rain. It’s a lot colder as winter starts to approach, which puts off many people from visiting at the end of the season.
The average high temperature in November is 12°C, which feels very chilly and will require appropriate warm clothing if you’re out and about.
What to Do in Milan in November
November is a very quiet time in Milan because of the weather, and whilst there aren’t as many events happening as earlier in the year it is a great time to make the most visiting popular tourist attractions without hordes of other visitors. A popular pastime for visitors to Milan in November is attending theatrical and musical performances, particularly during the Milano Jazz Festival that usually takes place at the end of November.
Milan in December
Milan Weather in December
The weather is a very cold time of the year in Milan, with an average high temperature of only 7°C that drops down to 1°C at night. It is a lot drier than October and November however, with a small amount of rain usually falling over 10 days and often some snow.
What to Do in Milan in December
Despite the cold, December is a busy month in Milan because of the various festive celebrations that take place. The Festival of Sant’Ambrogio is the start of the month’s events, dedicated to Milan’s patron saint and often marked with the start of the opera season.
There are also plenty of Christmas markets hosted in Milan in December which are an absolute must-see if you’re in the city at this time of year. It’s not as popular a location as places in Germany or Austria, but the markets have a charm all of their own.
If you’re still wondering what the best time of year to visit Milan is for your holiday, get in touch and speak to one of our expert travel advisors to plan a unique trip to Italy’s capital of fashion.
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