Over the last weekend in May, the gates to some of the city's most beautiful private courtyards are flung open. Print a map and make your own itinerary, or sign up for tours with Città Nacosta Milano.
Parades, music and performances; held the first 10 days of June.
Milan's annual modern and contemporary art fair held in April may not be Basel but it attracts more than 30,000 art-lovers, more than 200 exhibitors and increasing amounts of international attention.
The world's most prestigious furniture fair is held annually at Fiera Milano, with satellite exhibitions in Zona Tortona. Alongside the Salone runs the Fuorisalone (http://fuorisalone.it; literally, the outdoor loun…
Cheer on the pink at the finish line as this gruelling, world-famous, three-week cycling race winds up in Milan in early June.
The feast day of Milan's patron saint is celebrated on 7 December with the opening of the opera season at Teatro alla Scala (La Scala). In conjunction, a large Christmas Fair – Obej! Obej! (pronounced o-bay, o-bay) …
Fringe design fair to the Salone del Mobile design fair.
Legend says the remains of the three wise men are buried in Milan. Be that as it may, each year on 6 January they parade in costume from the Duomo to the Porta Ticinese.
Lent comes late to Milan, with Carnevale sensibly held on the Saturday that falls after everyone else's frantic February Fat Tuesday.
September sees 10 days of international features, shorts and retrospectives at the Teatro Piccolo, as well as open-air screenings, music and parties at Parco Sempione.