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



€36.00 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.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Alessandra Elisa

Cheesemaking Workshop with an Artisan

Esperienza bella ed interessante, io e mio marito abbiamo passato una piacevolissima mattinata in compagnia del papà di Elisa , persona cordiale e molto disponibile.
Da rifare in primavera coi bimbi...
Consigliatissimo anche perché i prodotti valgono la pena Dell assaggio

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Timothy Elisa

Cheesemaking Workshop with an Artisan

Elise was right there to pick us up at the train, and transport us back in time to a farm that goes back centuries. We helped stir the fresh milk, and learned the advantages using milk straight from the cows, who we met personally later!

We brought the milk to temp, and went a on a tour as the cheese set, and learned about efforts to bring older breeds of cows into the herds, and met the calves.

After the curd had set, we cut it and cooked it down, pouring it into molds to set, which we later turned.

Finally, we had a wonderful lunch made with rice grown on the farm and the cheese made there as well.

Her dad stopped in and commented that for them, with the rhythm of the farm. "Every day is the same." That may be, but for those of us who work behind a desk or in the city, or who are used to getting groceries at the store, such a day is extraordinary.

Much thanks!


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Petra Laura Serena

Da Vinci's Sforza Castle: Skip the Line

We had a perfect time in Sforza Castle with Laura Serena. She knew everything about the people and the history, was very entertaining and we learned a lot about Milans history. Our daughters also enjoyed ot. The only problem in the castle, which isnt Lauras fault: The Da Vinci Fresco is under restoration and can't be watches. Otherwise a great day.