Located in the north of Italy, Milan is the second-largest city in the country with some 1.3 million residents. Milan is Italy's fashion capital home to world-famous brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. Tourists can take in the impressive architecture of the famous Saint Maria Nascente Cathedral or visit one of the cities many monuments of museums forming part of the rich history. Sports fans can enjoy the San Siro Stadium, which is home to AC Milan.
Milan climate information
Data obtained from Milan weather station
When is the best time to visit Milan?
Sun seekers should visit Milan in the summer months, where the weather is reliably warm and visitors can enjoy the long hours of daily sunshine. However, there is always the possibility of rain, so come prepared. Those less keen on the heat can visit during late spring or early autumn, where temperatures remain warm, but are cooler than during the height of summer.
Spring sees the temperature steadily rising from average daily highs of 15.9°C in March to a pleasant 24.7°C in May. Daily sunshine hours also increase, with tourists in May enjoying around 7 hours of sunshine. Despite the rising temperatures, visitors should be aware of the possibility of rain, as May brings an average rainfall of 67mm.
Summer visitors to Milan can expect hot temperatures and long hours of sunshine. July is the hottest month of the year, seeing average daily highs of 30.7°C. July also sees the longest hours of daily sunshine, with an average of 9 hours. Temperatures remain high into August, but rain is likely to offer relief from the hot days, as the month sees 66mm of rainfall on average. Visitors need to bare in mind that rain can be torrential with thunderstorms possible as the heat builds.
Temperatures remain pleasant into September, with average daily highs of 25.0°C, but by November this falls to a much chillier 12.3°C. Daily sunshine hours fall in autumn, with October seeing just 4 hours per day. November also brings the most rainfall, with 123mm per month on average, so visitors should be ready with a raincoat!
The temperatures continue to fall during the winter months with frost and fog becoming more common. January is the coldest month, with averages daily highs of 7.2°C, not too disimilar to parts of southern parts of the UK during the winter. Daily sunshine hours are at their lowest during the winter season, with January seeing just 2 hours per day. December can see snowfall with 2 days on average over the whole month. February brings a slightly less cold end to the season with temperatures rising to 10.5°C, but night's continue to be cold with frost and fog which can sometimes linger all day.
Milan tourist information
Milan was first settled by a European branch of the Celts in about 400 BC, before being taken by the Romans about two hundred years later and redubbed Mediolanum (from the Latin for 'middle of the plain'). The city's position in the middle of Europe - and close to the Alps - gave it prime position to prosper from continental trade routes.
As the biggest city in Italy outside of its capital Rome, Milan's economy greatly benefits from its current status as one of the financial centres of the country; most of the country's major banks are based there, as are some of Italy's most popular tourist sites.
Today the city is best known for its contributions to the fashion industry. It is the home of world-famous brands such as Armani, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and many more. Their biannual Fashion Week events are among the largest media gatherings in the world, as journalists, fashion bloggers and top models descend on the city.
Milan is home to a huge selection of museums, galleries and historic monuments to provide visitors with a glimpse of the past; the Pinacoteca di Brera displays work by Caravaggio and Raphael among other important Italian artists, while the Triennale di Milano focuses on architecture and photography for a more modern experience.
The city's Gothic cathedral, Santa Maria Nascente, is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and took a staggering six centuries to complete with construction beginning in 1386.
For sports fans, Milan is the home of the San Siro Stadium which hosts both of the cities teams; AC and Internazionale, who take turns to play at home in both domestic and European fixtures.