Fair in Milan

Salone Internazionale del Mobile

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 (; literally, the outdoor loun…
Religious in Milan

Festa di Sant'Ambrogio & Fiera degli Obei Obei

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) …
Religious in Duomo & San Babila

La Nivola e il Santo Chiodo

In September, the Archbishop of Milan ascends to the Duomo’s chancel roof in a cloud-adorned papier mâché basket; he’s up there to retrieve what is supposedly one of the nails from Christ’s cross (fashioned, bizarre…
Cultural in Milan

Cortili Aperti

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.
Fair in Milan


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.
Religious in Milan

Corteo dei Re Magi

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.
Film in Milan

Milano Film Festival

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.
Music in Cremona

Festival di Cremona Claudio Monteverdi

A month-long series of concerts centred on Monteverdi and other baroque-era composers, held in the Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli.
Music in Cremona

Stradivari Festival

Focusing on music for string instruments. Held between mid-September and mid-October, it's organised by the Museo del Violino.
Food & Drink in Cremona

Festa del Torrone

A weekend full of exhibitions, performances and tastings dedicated to that toffee-tough Cremona-made Christmas sweet: torrone (nougat).