Will you be visiting Milan, Italy, in October or November? If so, you'll find plenty to do in this popular city. Milan is famous for fashion and shopping, da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper, and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. You can often find street performers entertaining near the cathedral, Galleria shopping mall, or at Sforza Castle, especially on the weekends. In addition to those attractions, don't miss these events and festivals during your visit.
Opera at La Scala
La Scala Opera House officially called Teatro alla Scala, is one of Italy's most famous historic opera houses and is definitely worth a visit. Built in 1778, some of the world's best singers have performed on its stage. If opera isn't your thing, you can check out a ballet instead. The Milan opera season continues through late November. See the schedule or buy a special ticket package.
Celtic New Year
In late October, Milan celebrates Celtic New Year at Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) with a multi-day music, dance, and medieval festival. While here, you can also browse the museums and art collections at this 15th-century castle. Check the Castello Sforzesco website for more special events and exhibits.
Although Halloween (All Saints' Eve, October 31), is not an Italian holiday, it's becoming popular, especially among young adults. Halloween kicks off three days of celebration, which also include All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
On Halloween, you'll find special dinners or events around town (usually advertised on posters). Costume parties can be found in many of Milan's nightclubs, so don't forget to pack something to dress up in. Read more about celebrating Halloween in Italy.
All Saints' Day
All Saints' Day (also called Ognissanti or Festa di Tutti i Santi) is celebrated on November 1 to commemorate all Catholic saints.
On this day, family and friends visit and exchange gifts. It is a national holiday so many shops and services will be closed. Although it's mainly a religious holiday, there is sometimes music or other special events in the city.
All Souls' Day
On All Souls' Day, November 2, Italians bring flowers to cemeteries to honor deceased relatives so you're likely to see many flowers in late October through early November. Although All Souls' Day isn't a holiday, some shops may still be closed or have shorter hours.
International Motorcycle Expo
Held in early to mid-November, the motorcycle expo draws motorcycle fans from all over the world to see the latest models and more. The expo began in 1914 and now features exhibitors from nearly 40 countries. Check the International Motorcycle website for dates, price, and schedule.
Tours and Day Trips
Fall is a good time to visit Milan's masterpieces on this guided walking tour. On this tour, you'll admire amazing art and architecture. You can also take a guided day trip to Bergamo, Franciacorta Wine Region, and Lake Iseo.