Milan is a bustling, metropolitan city, with a more modern, cosmopolitan vibe than Rome, Florence or Venice. It offers a full calendar of events year-round. Here are some of the most popular events and things to do in Milan in September.
MITO International Music Festival - With this much-anticipated annual event, the cities of Milan and Torino host a series of classical music performances during the month of September.Learn more at MITO SettembreMusica
Early September - Beginning of the Soccer Season. Milan is home to two soccer (calcio) teams: AC Milan (red and black) and Internazionale, known as Inter Milan (royal blue and black). While these teams are bitter rivals, they do share a soccer stadium, the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, better known as San Siro. If not sold out, tickets for games, which typically occur on Sundays, can be purchased at the stadium or at the teams' official stores in the city. Casual fans take note: AC Milan and Inter are two of Italy's most popular teams, so securing tickets to one of their matches may be quite difficult. But if you get a chance to go, you're in for a quintessentially Italian experience!
Late September - Women's Fashion Week (Milano Moda Donna Primavera/Estate). As Milan is the fashion capital of Italy, it has several fashion weeks for both men and women throughout the year. Women's Fashion Week for the forthcoming spring/summer collections is held in late September.
Events take place all month long. And while it might be hard to snag tickets to attend a runway show, it's fun to be in Milan when it's abuzz with models, designers, photographers, and paparazzi. Visit cameramoda.it for further details on fashion week events. Note that the corresponding men's fashion week takes place in June.
Opera and Classical Music at La Scala. Milan's famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, most often referred to as La Scala, has a full calendar of classic music and operatic performances in September, offering some of the best-known composers and works of the Western world. Works from Rossini, Verdi, and Puccini have debuted on this legendary stage, and to experience a performance here makes for an unforgettable part of any trip to Italy. Make it a night on the town with a pre-theatre dinner and remember, the concept of the aperitivo, or before-dinner drink with light snacks, was invented in Milan. It would be a shame to visit the city and not partake in this essential evening ritual!