The Best Time To Visit Milan, Italy: A Seasonal Guide

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Best Time To Visit Milan

Milan is commonly known as the “Fashion Capital Of The World” yet it has so much more to offer. When deciding to visit Milan, it can be difficult to decide just when you should visit.

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Summer (June-July-August)

You may be under the impression that you must visit Italy in summer to experience all it has to offer. It has a subtropical climate. Temperatures can soar as high as 30°C (86°F) during July and August; this combined with the humidity can make it almost unbearable to maneuver the busy crowds of tourists who have flocked to the city for summer.



You can expect your days to be around 20°C (68°F) in September, and they will then gradually drop down to 11°C (52°F) throughout October into November. Your chances of rain will also increase to around 20-30% per day, with November being the wettest month of the year.

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Winter (December-January-February)

Now we find ourselves at a point where not many people speak about Italy in winter. Temperatures drop drastically in the winter months, with highs of 10°C (50°F)- so it shouldn’t shock anyone that not many tourists make the journey to Milan during these months!


Spring (March-April-May)

Following the cold winter, temperatures will now begin to climb between 14°C (57°F) and 21°C (69°F). You will find a mixture of rainy and sunny days, but a wonderful 7 hours of sunshine. March will be out of the colder weather, with everything opening up again, making this a great time for tourists.


What time of year is best to shop in Milan?

Shopping throughout the year is a staple activity in Milan, however, August is not the best time to visit if that is all you are planning to do. Many shops close for a week, or even all month, to enjoy the summer.


How many days is enough to see Milan?

Having visited Milan a few times, we recommend 2-3 days to see it all. This is the ideal amount of time and will ensure you leave having fully experienced the city without finding yourself “twiddling your thumbs” trying to find something to do.