Thanks to its inland location and proximity to the lakes, summer is hot and sticky in Milan, and on top of that, as in the rest of Italy, many stores and restaurants are closed for a few weeks in August. The driest and most comfortable months are from March to June, and while the rains are heaviest in the fall, it is virtually room temperature in September and October. Winters are dry, while the temperatures usually hover just above freezing.
Milan is one of Europe’s fashion capitals and in late February designers debut their women's fall/winter fashion looks for the upcoming season at Milano Moda Donna (www.cameramoda.it/en). The spring/summer women's collection shows on designers' catwalks in October.
You will discover that you’ve never cared so much about interior design until you've see the hot lines at the Fiera convention center during the Salone del Mobile in Mid-April. At the Pittori del Naviglio Grande in mid-May, artists display their oils and watercolors in an open-air expo in the canal district. Later in May, the Giro d'Italia (http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia), Italy's renowned cycling race, finishes on Milan's streets and squares.
On December 7, the festival dedicated to Sant'Ambrogio, the city's patron saint's day, is celebrated with hot mulled wine and a carnival atmosphere.
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