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What to do on August 15 in Milan?

What to do on August 15 in Milan?

Or a November 1st, that works too. If you too hadn’t anticipated the August 15 public holiday combined with the summer and the Milanese school holidays, you can quickly find yourself helpless in the face of the “dead” city that Milan is becoming. Don’t panic, there are a few alternatives and tips for staying busy over a long weekend.

Explore Lake Como

Closed museums and shops, restaurants and cafes with absent subscribers… So much to capitalize on what a city can offer for free: nature and green spaces. And Milan offers a perfect destination: the Lake Como.

From the central station, it is possible to take a train which will connect Milan-Como in less than 30min and this, for less than 5€. From there, take a boat via the official website Navigazione Laghi to go explore the villages that distill around the lake. Arrival point: those of Bellagio and/or Tremezzo, the best known which welcome both celebrities and tourists in need of activities.

If you want to deviate a little from the marked paths, start by stopping at Cernobbiostroll through these alleys and enjoy a Spritz at the Harry’s Bar. Take it back road water and head to Argegno for lunch at La P’Osteria.

The great classics in Milan

When the sunset finally reaches the end of its ray on August 15, you can resume your tourist activities the next day as it should be – pretty much.

If there is a place that is always full, it is this one: the Piazza del Duomo. Take the time to climb the 165 steps of the Duomo, if only to admire its neo-Gothic columns and its view of the city. Then go back down slowly and go around the cathedral.

End your walk with the inevitable Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which although overcrowded illustrates all the Italian grandeur.

Milanese street art

The Navigli district and via Tortona are legion to admire many urban marvels. But it’s in the Isola districtclose to the Porta Garibaldi metro station where you will probably find the most beautiful works of street art. Isola is a district undergoing rehabilitation in which urban artists have been invited to give the full measure of their creativity.

In the same district, you can also admire the “vertical forest“: 2 towers embellished with 20,000 plants and trees designed by the architect Stefano Boeri.

And visit museums

In the absence of being able to go and admire the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vincifor lack of anticipation of course, I recommend that you take a detour via the MUDEC – if only for its architectural structure and the quality of these temporary exhibitions.

Give yourself a moment of well-being

And there I have the pompom of the address to try: QC Term – Porta Romana. Let’s be honest, it’s not necessarily cheap (54€). But at this price, you will have access to the wellness course which consists of two outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, hammam and rare enough to be mentioned: relaxation/meditation rooms. Immersed in the evening, lying on a waterbed or under a dimly lit tepee, you can take time to totally relax. All in a Milanese setting: surrounded by ancient Roman ruins with a typical wagon for exterior decoration #instagrammable.

Spritz, mozzarella, pasta… Italian food

Let’s talk a little but let’s talk well… Going to Italy is also and above all the time to taste one of the best cuisines in the world. But… there is always a “but” in the good stories, we weren’t able to test any (I mean none) of the restaurants that had been recommended to us. Due to #BuenoVacanze annual closure.

I still give you my good addresses (by locals) in case you have the idea to visit Milan outside August 15th.


Sabbioneda: Via Alessandro Tadino, 32, 20124 Milano

Dalla Zia: Via Gustavo Fara, 12, 20124 Milano

Obica (mozzarella bar): Via Mercato, 28, 20121 Milano

Salsamenteria di Parma (grocery store-restaurant): Via Ponte Vetero, 11, 20121 Milano

Cacio and Pepe: Viale Gian Galeazzo, 3, 20136 Milano

Dry Milano (pizzeria): Viale Vittorio Veneto, 28, 20124 Milano

Bar & Aperitif

Aperol Terrazza (Terrace with view of the Duomo): Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milano

Lacerba (cocktail bar): Via Orti, 4, 20122 Milano

Rebelot (aperitif in Navigli): Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 55, 20143 Milan

Terraza 12 (roof-top): Via Durini, 28, c/o Brian & Barry Building – Piano 10, 20122 Milano

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