April is a good time to visit Milan if you want to beat the high-season crowds, though it can be quite busy around Easter. Daytime temperatures will be somewhat cool and nights will still be quite chilly. Expect a mix of sunny and rainy days.
A full calendar of festivals and events means you'll find plenty to see and do in April in Milan.
Fiori e Sapori flower festival: mid-April
Milan's flower fair is the annual sign that spring has finally arrived. More than 200 vendors from around Italy set up shop for the occasion, creating a riot of color along the Naviglio Grande (canal). The canal is part of the Navigli district, one of Milan's most interesting neighborhoods. The one-day event is usually held on the second Sunday of April.
Holy Week and Easter: Early April
As in the rest of Italy, Holy Week and Easter in Milan are commemorated with grand masses and other celebrations. The biggest mass of the Easter season takes place on Easter Sunday at Milan's Duomo.
During Holy Week (the week before Easter Sunday), laVerdi auditorium, home of the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Milan, is the setting for the highly anticipated stagings of the Passions by Bach.
International Furniture Fair: Mid-April
Milan is known as Italy's fashion capital, but it's also the design capital of the country, and many say, of Europe.
During the Salone Internationale del Mobile (International Furniture Fair), more than 1000 designers, craftspeople and design companies from all over the world descend on Milan to display their latest designs and innovations in the world of home furnishings and fixtures. The Salone takes place at Milan's huge convention center FieraMilano located in Rho, an exurb of Milan, and in galleries and workshops in the city. Even if you're not interested in buying furniture, the event is worth attending for the innovative—and sometimes out of this world—designs. And you may get some decorating ideas!
April 25 is Liberation Day, or Festa della Liberazione, marking the end of World War II and the Nazi occupation of Italy. Much like D-Day celebrations in the US and elsewhere, it is also a day that Italy honors its war dead and veterans, called combattenti, or fighters.
Liberation Day is important throughout Italy but it is especially revered in Milan, as April 25, 1945 was the actual day that the partigiani, or partisans, who formed Italy's resistance movement, liberated the city.
A parade and commemorative rally usually take place in the city, with the action centering around Piazza del Duomo. Most stores and many restaurants will be closed this day, but museums should be open.
Flea & Antiques Markets: Every Weekend
Throughout most of the year, the long-standing Fiera di Sinigalia runs every Saturday at the Ripa di Porta Ticinese in the Navigli District, offering well-curated vintage clothes, housewares and bric-a-brac.
Every Sunday morning, a stamp, coin and printed goods market – one of the largest in Europe – runs on Via Armorari, not far from the Duomo.
Performances at La Scala: Year Round
Milan's historic Teatro alla Scala, or La Scala, is one of the premier opera houses in Europe, and seeing a performance there is a treat any time of year. In April, there are periodic of opera and classical music, including some adapted for children. Visit La Scala's website for more information.
Based on the original article by Melanie Renzulli