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A seasonal guide to Milan

Just as fashion changes with the seasons, so does the stylish city of Milan. Warm up in one of the numerous fashionable boutiques during the winter, try and spot the newest trends from Milan Fashion Week while you relax in the newly green parks, make the most of the summer heat with long, lazy evenings in local restaurants, or take advantage of the early-starting ski season in the nearby Alps during the fall. With each season offering a different take on the city, there's never a bad time to visit Milan.


It won’t surprise anyone when we say that Milan is at its coldest in the winter, but on the plus side, if you do end up feeling chilly you won’t need much of an excuse to treat yourself to a super-stylish new winter coat. Still, even though it’s tempting don’t spend all your time inside browsing in fashionable boutiques – Milan is a true gem when lit with twinkling festive lights, and the occasional dusting of snow somehow manages to make the city even prettier.


Spring heralds the start of Milan Fashion Week, so budding fashionistas can enjoy the new season in more ways than one! The city’s parks return to their green and beautiful best as the skies clear and the air warms up, infusing Milan with a bright new energy and bringing a hint of sunshine to the city’s illustrious architecture. It isn’t just all about hot new trends either – there’s an annual antiques fair that fills the banks of Milan’s canals with a whole host of classically Italian furniture and objet d’art.


Thanks to its pedigree as a centre for Italian fashion and finance, Milan can be pretty lively in summer. June and July play host to a huge variety of events, with music fans being particularly well served thanks to festivals ranging from the classical to the contemporary. Local bars and restaurants make the most of the heat and the long, lazy evenings too, with bustling tables taking over the streets of the Navigli and many establishments staying open until 6am on the huge night of partying known as ‘La Notte Bianca’.


After the formidable heat of summer, the cooler air of autumn is welcomed by the Milanese as grapes ripen on the vine and the second of the year’s Fashion Weeks kicks off. Spending autumn in Milan means you’ll get to enjoy the city at the height of its fashionable best, where celebrities and fashion icons roam the streets and top-class restaurants take advantage of the harvest’s bounty (black truffles, anyone?) Better yet, the Italian ski season starts early and the Alps are fairly close, so you’ve always got the opportunity to hit the slopes too.