Tutte le feste italiane

Tutte le feste in Italia!
In Italia c’è sempre un’occasione per festeggiare insieme qualcosa e vivere felici.. Alcune feste sono personali, altre comunali, altre ancora nazionali e, infine, ci sono quelle religiose. In questo articolo troverete una lista di tutte le feste italiane a cui potrete partecipare se venite in Italia!

Feste italiane comunali
Festa patronale: il comune, cioè la città, festeggia ovviamente tutte le feste italiane nazionali. Ma c’è un giorno (a volte esteso a un weekend o a tutta una settimana) in cui la festa è dedicata alla città. Anche questa festa italiana andrebbe messa sotto l’etichetta di “festività religiosa”, ma oggi è solo un’occasione per portare divertimento e socialità per le strade del comune.

Ogni città italiana ha un suo “Santo Protettore”. Le feste patronali si festeggiano, allora, nel giorno dedicato al santo. Il santo di Milano, per esempio, è Sant’Ambrogio. E allora la festa di Milano è il 7 dicembre, proprio il giorno dedicato a Sant’Ambrogio.

Feste italiane laiche
Capodanno – 1 gennaio : l’inizio dell’anno

Festa della Liberazione – 25 aprile: festa italiana che ricorda la liberazione dal regime fascista e nazista il 25 aprile 1945.

Festa del lavoro – 1 maggio: si celebra il lavoro come diritto di tutti ( ma in questo giorno non si lavora!)

Festa della Repubblica Italiana – 2 giugno: festa nazionale che celebra la nascita della Repubblica il 2 giugno 1946

Feste religiose nazionali
In Italia ci sono moltissime feste religiose. Metteremo in questa lista quelle più importanti a livello nazionale per credenti e atei. Si tratta di giorni, quindi, considerati festivi dallo Stato italiano.

Epifania – 6 gennaio: si festeggia la visita dei Re Magi a Gesù

Pasqua – data variabile: in questa festa italiana si ricorda la resurrezione di Gesù.

Lunedì dell’Angelo / Pasquetta – data variabile: è il giorno dopo Pasqua, lunedì.

Ferragosto – 15 agosto: anche se quasi nessuno lo sa, Ferragosto è una festa religiosa. Si festeggia l’ascensione di Maria al cielo.

Tutti i Santi – 1 novembre: in questo giorno si festeggiano, semplicemente, tutti i santi.

Immacolata Concezione – 8 dicembre: giorno in cui si ricorda il fatto che Maria fosse nata senza Peccato Originale.

Natale – 25 dicembre: si celebra la nascita di Gesù

Santo Stefano – 26 dicembre: giorno istituito per allungare la festività natalizia.

Feste personali
Compleanno: è il giorno in cui si festeggia la nostra nascita. C’è poco da dire su questo argomento: tutti noi festeggiamo il compleanno e a tutti piace ricevere regali!

Onomastico: festa personale ma anche religiosa che in Italia alcuni tengono in grande considerazione. In questo giorno si festeggia il santo che porta il nostro stesso nome. Per esempio, se io mi chiamo Pietro, il mio onomastico è il 29 giugno, giorno dedicato a San Pietro (e San Paolo).

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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

CONTEMPORARY/ Simone Forti: Senza Fretta

June 19-August 29

 

Works completed during lockdown, using shopping bags

 

 

Senza Fretta (Without Hurry) is the first major Italian exhibition by American-Italian multidisciplinary artist Simone Forti, whose family was originally from Prato. Curated by Luca Lo Pinto and Elena Magini, the show was developed in close collaboration with the artist, focusing on works Forti has developed since the mid-1980s. Highlights include News Animation, in which the artist analyses the relationship between language, movement and physicality, starting from the news written in papers. With performances, print, video and audio, the exciting show is accompanied by a soundtrack by Forti, who reads her work titled The Bear in the Mirror, a collection of stories, prose, poems, photos, letters, notes and memories. There will be a weekly rotation of some of her historic performances, including Scramble, Song of the Vowels and Cloths and Rollers. The final room reveals previously unpublished drawings that Forti created during the first lockdown in Spring 2020.

 

Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci,

viale della Repubblica 277, Prato

 

 

 

GREEN/TEMPORARY BOTANY, THE ART OF INVISIBLE GARDENS

June 18 – September 19

 

ph. Andrea Martiradonna

 

 

Launching Manifattura Tabacchi’s latest installation is a 3-day programme from June 18-20, prompting reflections on humankind’s links with nature through a series of talks, workshops, film screenings and a flower and plant market. A giant installation aimed at encouraging flora and wild fauna fills the loggia that separates piazza dell’Orologio from Giardino della Ciminiera. Curated by architect Antonio Perazzi, it acts as an experiential laboratory and is home to 1555 plants and more than 50 botanical species, set to be installed until September 18. Free admission.

 

Manifattura Tabacchi,

via delle Cascine 33/35, Florence

 

 

 

FILM/ Cinema Di Vino

Until August 4

 

 

 

8 summer evenings from June 16 to August 4 bring together the best of the season with cinema and aperitivi in the marvellous Medici Villa di Lilliano in Bagno a Ripoli. Each event takes place from 7-11pm, with a glass of Malenchini wine on arrival adding to the relaxing atmosphere. With films curated by the Stensen Foundation, choices take a comic theme this year, as we’re all undoubtedly in need of a laugh. Cost is 25 euro per person, that includes a platter of Tuscan specialities, a glass of Malenchini wine and access to the film screening. Seats are provided but feel free to bring a blanket for a lawn-side viewing.

 

Villa Medicea di Lilliano,

Via Lilliano e Meoli 82, Bagno a Ripoli

 

 

 

MUSIC&SCIENCE/ Museo Galileo Suona

3.30-5.30pm, June 21

 

“Talking trumpet”

 

 

Music and science meet to mark the Festa della Musica and the summer solstice in the rooms of the Galileo Museum. Students from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence bring a harp, guitar and Renaissance and Baroque vocal music to five rooms of the museum, including that which houses Galileo’s original instruments. Items from the museum’s acoustic collection will also get an outing, with the unusual “talking trumpet” from the 17th century bound to create intrigue.

 

Galileo Museum,

Piazza dei Giudici 1, Florence

 

 

 

FESTIVAL/ Estate Fiesolana

June 21 to August 22

 

Image from previous edition

 

 

The 74th edition of the popular summer fest kicks off with the Italian Youth Orchestra on June 21, performing in the spectacular space of the Teatro Romano in Fiesole. Expect to enjoy both national and international music as well as theatre and literary events across various venues in the panoramic hills. Find info on the full series here.

 

 

 

MUSIC/ Ville e Giardini Incantati

Until the end of July

 

Ph. Samantha Vaughn

 

 

Magnificent villas fill with equally spectacular sounds as the Orchestra della Toscana continues to delight audiences throughout June and July. World Heritage Sites become the stages for open air performances, featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn in locations such as Villa Poggio a Caino on June 19 with conductor Vincenzo Milletari and violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua, with the same programme taking place on June 22 at Villa Cerreto Guidi. All performances begin at 9.15pm, with tickets costing 12.50 euro. 

 

 

 

STARS/ Sotto le Stelle

Until the end of September

 

Movies and great food under the stars in the Tuscan countryside

 

 

Head for the hills for a Movie + Dinner Night “Sotto le Stelle” (under the stars) at Poggio Casciano – Le Tre Rane Ruffino, just 20 minutes from Florence. With tastings, poetry, cinema and music, an idyllic summer’s evening awaits in the Tuscan countryside. Wednesdays focus on poetry and Thursdays are all about live music. Price per person 30€, includes dinner, glass of wine and film viewing. Book your spot! Call 378 3050219 or write to [email protected]

 

Poggio Casciano – Le Tre Rane Ruffino,

via Poggio al Mandorlo 1, Bagno a Ripoli

 

 

 

EXHIBITION/ Concept Context Content by DovBer Marchette

Until June 30

 

Abstract expressionist works

 

 

US artist DovBer Marchette comes to the Limonaia of Villa Vogel, with the exhibition curated by Gabriella Diddi and Fabrizio Sorbi. Using only the five colours of blue, yellow, brown, green and white, what he calls “the colours of Tuscany”, Marchette imbues each colour with symbolic value, using soft brush strokes and a great sense of movement. Concepts incorporated in the works include a tree, the starry sky, stains on walls and the grain of wood. A painter and sculptor for over 50 years, his works have been likened to 20th century modernists such as Millet to Sol Lewit.

 

Limonaia di Villa Vogel,

via delle Torri, Florence

 

 

 

VINO/ Cantine Aperte

June 19-20

 

Dante within the vineyards

 

 

Dante Alighieri meets wine in a series of tastings, concerts and readings among the vineyards of Tuscany. The Open Cellars series is a must for all those keen to taste the best of Tuscan wine, with an added literary twist this year in honour of the Supreme Poet. Taking in Bolgheri, the Maremma, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Chianti and more, wine producers open their doors to lovers of literature and vino alike. Reservations required and full programme available here.

 

Various locations in Tuscany

 

 

 

SIP/ Podere Castellare Music Festival

Every Friday in June

 

Music and cocktails with a perfect panorama

 

 

Music meets mixology in the festival curated by Nicola Graziani. The main player in the cocktails will be the Tuscan gin Peter in Florence. Performances by Ada Flocco Quartet, Strettino Jazz Band, Florence Lilium Duo and the Sinedades can be enjoyed as you lounge by the pool or gaze at the sunset over the vineyards from the terrace. Located 30 minutes from Florence, an aperitivo with jazz (and not only) in the sunshine sounds just the ticket (and the tonic). For information and to book, email [email protected] or call +39 328 5618449.

 

Podere Castellare,

Pelago

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Ireland meets Italy: Willos’ folk music

Stephanie Martin left Belfast in Northern Ireland for Siena, travelling with an Englishman. Together they sold olive oil on an idyllic 12 acres of land, living the Tuscan dream. A trip to the university where her partner wanted to study Italian was to change all of that. “He found an ad on the university noticeboard, saying that a locally based Irish folk band was in search of a musician. I called this person, Giulio Putti, and now we’ve been married for years and have two children!” 

 

 

 

Stephanie Martin (fiddle), Lorenzo Del Grande (Irish and concert flutes), Massimo Giuntini (uilleann pipes, flutes, Irish bouzouki), Giulio Putti (bodhrán), Luca Mercurio (Irish bouzouki, folk guitar), and Angelica McGlynn (vocals – not pictured)
Ph/ Senio Firmati

 

 

Giulio adds to the romantic story: “The band had been established for a few years at that point. I visited Ireland in 1998 and fell in love with it. When I came back to Siena, I found an Irish girlfriend who worked at the Irish bar where a folk band from Grosseto used to play. I had played percussion since I was a child, but when I heard the sound of the bodhrán (traditional Irish drum), I couldn’t stop playing or listening to it. In fact, I still haven’t stopped! What’s unbelievable is that we had placed that announcement at the university, seeing that there are so many Erasmus students, and we thought we’d find someone with a connection to Ireland. We nearly lost hope because the notice had been there for about a year with no luck, but then Stephanie arrived!”

 

 

“The band first started in 2001 and was originally called Will o’ the Wisp, taken from a term for ghostly light in folklore, but it was quite complicated and not a good idea for marketing at all! When Stephanie joined the band, she really didn’t like the name, and so when a journalist in France wrote a review of one of our gigs and shortened our name to Willos’, we kept it.” Stephanie says, “I had been classically trained in Belfast and starting playing the violin when I was six. I gave up when I was 16-17, but then when I came to Italy, I really started to study and learn Irish music properly. It’s a way to connect with home.”

 

 

Giulio elaborates, “Our style has evolved over the years. We’re not strictly traditional and always have our own touch to the songs we play: we’re called the black sheep of traditional music by other Italian trad players! Our repertoire is really varied. Some songs come from Stephanie’s great-grandfather, others from Scotland. We’ve published three albums. One called Dirt Tracks was produced by fiddle player Athena Tergis, formerly of Riverdance, and features John Doyle and Liz Carroll as guests. Other highlights have been playing at the Celtic Ball organized by the Irish Embassy in Italy in 2006, and we’ve performed hundreds of concerts all over Europe.”

 

 

 

Ph. Jonathan Exbrayat

 

 

The pandemic, as for all musicians, put a stop to most performances, though there were several silver linings for this group. “We began a new collaboration with Massimo Giuntini, who plays the uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes), a top performer in the Italian folk scene,” Giulio explains. “We are now in the process of recording an album with him. Then another amazing thing happened: one night while everyone was watching TV, I checked my phone and found a message from someone in Scotland called Frank Gillhooley. I quickly realized that he’s the actor from Guardians of the Galaxy and has directed and written several other important works. He asked if he could use our music in a short movie about Brexit and Northern Ireland, and that film is now available on Amazon Prime. Considering we’re a band from Siena that plays Irish music, it was perhaps one of the most extraordinary things to happen to us!” Stephanie adds, “Gilhooley had been searching for months, going through reams and reams of music and listening to people from all over Europe. He said he loved ‘Ballysillan’, one of the songs that I had written. It was an honour to be part of it, you don’t get that phone call every day!” 

 

 

Keen to ever deepen the Irish-Italian connection, Giulio emphasizes, “I love discovering ways in which Italian and Irish cultures connect. A friend, Mary Jane Cryan, let us know about a ballad she discovered in a drawer at the Irish College in Rome, dated 1860, and then we interpreted it. During our gigs, I often like to detail some of these stories, to explain why we, as Italian musicians, are playing Irish music. For example, a woman from the 19th century travelled all over the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines in search of Irish saints, and then there’s the interesting fact that Florence’s San Frediano was in fact Irish: he was called Feenan (Fionnáin in Irish) and was from County Down in Northern Ireland!” 

 

 

Willos’ summer line-up of concerts is thankfully a packed one with gigs taking place all over Tuscany.

 

 

Find out about upcoming concerts at www.willos.it and get listening on Facebook, Soundcloud and YouTube channel

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Italy is reopening: 11 things I learned as a tourist there this week

When I landed in Milan on Monday morning, the airport was quiet. Cafes were open in the arrivals hall, taxi drivers were available and public transit was running. But most of the typical tourist booths selling SIM cards, tours and bus tickets were shuttered. And when I went to the Piazza del Duomo to get my first look at the Duomo di Milan, I found a sparse mixture of locals and tourists in the square.

Italy is in the process of reopening to tourists now. To see what it’s like, I flew from the U.S. to Italy to try out the first COVID-tested flight open to American tourists last Sunday. For this Delta flight, every passenger had to take two COVID-19 tests before departure and one test upon arrival. By undergoing these tests and getting negative results each time, we were all able to enter Italy without any quarantine. But Delta’s not the only airline to offer quarantine-free flights to Italy: American Airlines and United Airlines also offer similar flights.

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As of 16 May, Italy is allowing Brits to enter as tourists with a negative COVID-19 test result.

Not having to endure a lengthy quarantine may be a significant step toward normalcy, but there are other things that matter to tourists. When TPG sent me to Milan for this last-minute trip, I was told to experience the destination like a true tourist and see just how much had reopened.

Sure, everyone is wearing masks. But even though the pandemic is still very much ongoing, Milan is open for tourism. In my opinion, now is a great time to go since you can see the city without the thick crowds you might expect at this time of year. If you decide to visit Italy soon, here are several things to keep in mind.

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You need to understand Italy’s COVID-19 zone system

Milan, Italy views from the roof of the Milan Cathedral
View of the Piazza del Duomo from the Duomo di Milan’s rooftop. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Let’s start with a tedious but critical aspect of travelling to or living in Italy right now: the Ministry of Health’s coloured zone system of COVID-19 risk. Each region or autonomous province is classified into one of four zones each week based on this zone system:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • White

Alitalia’s website gives a good summary of what you can and can’t do based on a region’s colour-coded zone. But, as of 17 May 2021, almost every region is in the yellow zone. So, here’s a quick summary of what it means to be in a yellow zone:

  • You can move freely within your region as well as travel to other yellow regions
  • Most commercial activities are open to the public, with some restrictions
    • Shopping malls are only open on weekdays
    • Museums and cultural sites are open, but you may need to book your visit in advance
    • Bars, pubs and restaurants are open, but you can only consume food or beverages outdoors
    • You may participate in sporting activities outdoors
    • Shows, plays, theatrical performances and concerts must use seat reservations and adhere to social distancing requirements

As of the 17 May update, Milan is in the yellow zone.

You won’t struggle to find outdoor dining

Outdoor dining in Naviglio in Milan, Italy
Outdoor dining in Milan’s Naviglio neighbourhood. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

There’s an abundance of places to eat outdoors in Milan. And, although I’ve passed some cafes and coffee shops that are full, I’ve always found a quieter venue nearby with availability.

I even snagged a walk-up table overlooking the Duomo di Milan (also known as the Milan Cathedral) for a late lunch at the typically crowded Fendi Cafe on the seventh floor of the Rinascente shopping centre.

Terrace dining at the Fendi Cafe overlooking Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy
Outdoor dining at Fendi Cafe overlooking the Duomo di Milan. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Every restaurant staff member I’ve seen has worn his or her mask correctly. And most restaurants and cafes have tables adequately separated outdoors.

Prepare to wear a mask

Katie Genter in mask on roof of Milan Cathedral
It was hot on the Duomo di Milan rooftop. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

As mask requirements relax, tourists may be unaccustomed to wearing a mask outdoors. And, as temperatures rise, you may find doing so to be uncomfortable.

However, you should expect to wear a mask at all times and maintain a distance of at least one meter from other people while in Italy. While I’ve been here, I only removed my mask in my hotel room and when eating or drinking.

Related: An overview of Italy’s best destinations for tourists

Tickets are required for most attractions

Milan Cathedral in Italy
Duomo di Milan. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

I’m not sure which tourist attractions typically require tourists to purchase tickets online ahead of time. But now, especially if you want to sightsee on the weekend, it’s critical to plan in advance since Italy currently requires tourists to purchase weekend tickets to cultural sites online. And some attractions, such as the Duomo di Milan, require you to do so no later than the day before your visit.

However, I was able to snag a ticket in person during the week to see the Duomo di Milan. And although tickets to see the Last Supper mural typically sell out far in advance, tickets are currently released around 9 a.m. each Monday for the following week. So, around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, 17 May, I checked and had my pick of dates and times for this week.

I also checked ticket availability for Sforzesco Castle and don’t expect I’ll have issues booking a same-day ticket for a weekday visit.

There is one ticket I wasn’t able to snag, though. The La Scala opera house recently reopened for shows with limited capacity. But, the only performance during my time in Milan was completely sold out. You can, however, book a tour of La Scala’s museum that typically allows you to at least peek into the theatre.

Related: Northern vs. southern Italy: How to pick your ideal Italian holiday destination

Most attractions are open and uncrowded

Last Supper mural in Milan, Italy
Viewing the Last Supper mural with just 13 other people. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Perhaps the best argument for visiting Italy right now is that most cultural sites and attractions are shockingly uncrowded. For example, the Last Supper currently caps the capacity of each group to 18 people for health reasons. But my group this week was just 14 guests.

And I didn’t see another guest the entire time I was in the Duomo di Milan’s museum. So, I was able to enjoy the exhibits in complete silence.

Milan Cathedral Museum in Italy
Some of the artwork in the Duomo di Milan Museum. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

I also had an lift to myself when I went to the Duomo’s rooftop. And didn’t see many other guests for most of my time on the rooftop. If you’re wondering, it’s worth the money to visit the roof.

Milan, Italy views from the roof of the Milan Cathedral
Views from the Duomo di Milan rooftop. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

If you enjoy gyms, sporting events, fairs, spas, thermal water centres and amusement parks, know that these locations are currently closed. However, Italy has plans to allow these types of facilities to reopen soon.

Related: Beat the crowds at these 3 ‘secret’ Italian spots

Audio guides aren’t available to rent

Unstaffed audio guide book at the Milan Cathedral in Italy
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

I rented audio guides at various cultural sites in Europe before the pandemic. But, although many cultural sites in Milan have audio guide signs, none of the sites staffed the rental booths during my visits.

Luckily, many cultural sites have apps that you can download to listen to an audio guide on your phone. And you can find audioguides for other places with relative ease. But, you’ll want to plan and download these apps on Wi-Fi at your hotel if you’re paying per gigabyte with Google Fi (like I am).

Related: How to have a budget holiday in Italy

Aperitivo is still possible

Outdoor dining in Naviglio in Milan, Italy
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Aperitivo is a northern Italy tradition that provides appetizers or snacks with each drink you purchase. Typically, your drink will be wine, beer or a bitter cocktail. And the snacks are typically served either as a buffet or pre-made plate.

I was looking forward to participating in the experience during my trip and was thrilled when I walked around the Naviglio neighbourhood and noticed several bars with aperitivo specials starting around 5 p.m. From what I could tell, most prepare you a plate now instead of offering a buffet.

Related: Don’t make these 9 tourist mistakes in Italy

You can travel to other Italian cities

View Of Saint Peters Square In Rome, Italy
(Photo by Peter Unger/Getty Images)

As I mentioned above, tourists in a yellow zone can travel to Italian cities within the same zone. However, for red or orange zones, you’ll need a Digital Green Certificate that confirms you’re vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 or taken a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 48 hours.

Unless it’s absolutely necessary, you may not want to book nonrefundable reservations in multiple regions for your Italy trip right now. Instead, I recommend being flexible with your plans if you plan to travel to Italy while the coloured zone system is in place.

Related: From Venice to Rome: 6 cities you can easily visit on Italy’s high-speed train

There’s a nightly curfew

Views from the Hyatt Centric Milan's rooftop bar
Views from the Hyatt Centric Milan’s rooftop bar. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Currently, Italy has a nightly curfew, and you’re not allowed to move locations between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. There are several acceptable reasons to move, including work, health or other urgent reasons. But, you must carry a self-certification. And, presumably, running late on the way home from dinner or a bar won’t be acceptable.

However, some restaurants and bars may stay open later. For example, the Hyatt Centric’s rooftop Organics [email protected] bar currently serves a wide variety of drinks until 11:30 p.m. and small cold plates until 10:30 p.m. And some hotels may offer food and drinks overnight via room service.

Related: These are the best hotels in Italy for every type of traveller

Public transit is available and mostly distanced

MXP airport bus
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

I’ve tried various methods of public transportation so far while in Milan. First, I chose a 10 euro (about $12) bus for the 50-minute trip from the Milan airport (MXP) to Milan Centrale on Monday. These buses run every 30 minutes and the passengers distanced themselves enough to allow for one or two rows between each group.

I also tried out the Milan metro several times. Despite my Google Maps navigation app noting several stations were busy, I quickly found a seat for each trip and noticed that everyone abided by the signs to leave middle seats open.

Milan metro seating sign for COVID-19 distancing
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Milan also has street trams that you can ride. The one tram I rode in the centre of Milan wasn’t crowded. But even if I’d travelled during a busier time, the seating on the tram I rode was conducive to social distancing.

A tram in Milan, Italy
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Related: 30 essential travel apps every traveller needs

You can still go shopping

Shopping in Milan, Italy
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Since Milan is currently in the yellow zone, shopping centres should be closed on the weekends. But, at least during the weekdays, there are ample shopping opportunities. None of the stores were closed in the Rinascente shopping centre near the Duomo when I visited this week.

And the shops in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II nearby were also open.

Shopping in Milan, Italy
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

The book stores at several churches I visited were closed. But, the souvenir store for the Duomo di Milan was open.

Milan Cathedral gift shop in Italy
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

In short, you’ll likely find fewer places to shop if you visit on the weekend. But, if you can shop during the week, there are plenty of stores open and ready for tourists.

Bottom line

I’ve loved my time in Milan this week. After all, relatively few tourists mean inexpensive hotel rates and easy-to-obtain entrance tickets. Plus, limited crowds meant I had some experiences mostly (or in the case of one museum, entirely) to myself.

Sure, the COVID-tested flights to Italy are confusing and require lots of COVID-19 tests and forms. And there are some activities, like attending a sporting event or going to the spa, you still can’t do. Plus, wearing a mask outside in the heat isn’t fun. But, I’m happy I decided to take this trip.

If you decide to take a similar trip, I recommend keeping your travel plans flexible to allow for unexpected changes to your itinerary.

Featured image by Katie Genter/The Points Guy

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