Holidays in Milan

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Holidays in Milan

Despite being the cultural hub and business center of Italy, the Milanese people are still very traditional and try to uphold as many cultural, political, and religious celebrations as possible. It’s a time when family members come together, feast, celebrate, and remember.

Milan is just as religious as the rest of the country, and religious feasts and celebrations see the city come to a standstill. Everything closes its doors to the public, including all the major tourist sites of Milan. It’s a great opportunity for you to mix with the locals and learn more about their history and culture. Italians are warm and welcoming, and a national or regional holiday is usually celebrated with large family meals at home, religious masses, and parties and parades in the city’s squares.

Things to do during the holidays in Milan

Half Day Biking Tour in South Milan Agricultural Park


€55.00 p.p.

Cheesemaking Workshop with an Artisan


€50.00 p.p.

Milan’s Amazing Aperitivo Tour



€37.00 p.p.

Holidays During the Calendar Year in Milan

  • January: New Year’s is a fun celebration. Locals and tourists meet in the many squares across the city. It’s also an important family time, with many families preferring to stick together. January: January 6th is Epiphany, which is a huge religious feast and celebration in the whole of Italy.
  • March: Equinox is officially the beginning of spring in Milan. It’s a family day where people eat together and do a big spring clean, which helps welcome the better weather.
  • March-April: Good Friday is a day of church and prayer, and it’s not uncommon for really religious families to fast. Easter Sunday is the most important religious holiday of the year. It celebrates Christ’s death and resurrection. Families attend church for their Easter blessings. Easter Monday is an official National Holiday in Milan and the rest of Italy.
  • April 25: Liberation Day in Italy is an important national holiday. It celebrates the end of Mussolini’s dictatorship and Nazi occupation in Italy. Parades, fireworks and commemorative speeches are the usual.
  • May 1: May Day is Labor Day in Italy and it’s usually celebrated by going to a number of festivals and concerts in Milan.
  • June 2: Republic Day, known as Festa della Republica celebrates the demise of the Italian monarchy in 1946. Fireworks and raucous parades are guaranteed.
  • November 1: All Saints’ Day celebrates all of the Catholic Church’s saints. Locals will visit their loved ones and exchange small gifts with each other.
  • December 7: Saint Ambrose’s Day is a regional celebration, which celebrates Milan’s patron saint. Parties, feasts, dancing, and a lot of fun are guaranteed.
  • December 25: Christmas Day celebrates Jesus’ birth. Italian kids write to Santa Claus, Babbo Natale, and families eat a big feast of, goose, pork, turkey, lamb and delicious pasta.

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Todd Jessica

Milano's Secret Art Treasures

A great stroll through the backstreets of Milan learning about the architecture and local history. Jessica is very friendly and knowledgeable, she shows you the best places to chill for an aperitvo! Definitely recommend.

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Steven Francesco

Milan Dark Tour

We would recommend the Milan Dark tour to anyone, Francesco was very entertaining as well as knowledgeable about the places that we visited and it was obvious that he was passionate about the topic and he passed that enthusiasm on to our party.

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Remco Valentina R.

Artisanal Italian Dinner / Lunch with Wine Pairing

We've had a diner with 9 friends. It was amazing. Cosy and warm, a lot of variety in the food with the perfect and right wines. After the diner we had a nice talk. We would recommend everybody to do this it was an awesome experience and it made our trip even greater then it was.