Milan normally shuts down in August as many of the locals head to the beach. But not this year. With Expo 2015 in full swing there are more and more new bars, restaurants and events popping up all of the city to keep visitors and locals entertained. Here are our tips on what to do in Milan this month...
Hop on the DramaTram
Immersive experiences combining actors and the audience have become popular in the world’s coolest cities. Now it’s Milan’s turn with DramaTram, where the audience can hop aboard a one hundred year old tram to take a tour of the city’s history told through the eyes of Camilla, an eccentric Milanese aristocrat, and Bruno, a grumpy but tender hearted ticket collector. 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, tour in English starts at 2pm, www.dramatram.com
Explore a secret garden at Casello Giallo
Casello Giallo, source: www.facebook.com/casellogiallo
This newly opened secret garden bar and restaurant space is located in the post industrial Zona Tortona area. Casello Giallo translates as ‘the yellow toll booth’ and guests will feel like they are literally sitting on the train tracks surrounded by lush greenery. The garden will be extra green in August as the owners have offered to take care of Milan residents plants whilst they are away on holidays. Open Monday to Sunday, 6pm-2am, www.casellogiallo.com
Relax with jazz in the park
Jazz in the park, source: www.facebook.com/events
Every Sunday throughout August you can enjoy jazz with a drink surrounded by lush greenery in one of the Milan’s main parks. Electric Garden have teamed up with the Chiosco di Pippo to create a jazz aperitivo in Giardini Pubblici near Porta Venezia. Giardini Pubblici, every Sunday 7pm-11pm, until 27 September, www.facebook.com
Be moved by La Boheme at La Scala
La Scala, source: Anna & Michal
Originally created in 1963 this version of Puccini’s La Boheme has been performed by many of the opera greats including Pavarotti. This performance of the beautiful story of poverty and misery takes on a South American theme and stars Maria Agresta and Vittorio Grigolo at Milan's famous La Scala. 19, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31 August and 2 September. www.teatroallascala.org
Listen to classical music at Lake Como
Bellagio Festival 2014 at Teatro Licinium, source: www.facebook.com/bellagiofestival
For a truly memorable classical music experience head north to Bellagio on Lake Como this August. Now in its fifth the Bellagio Festival features classical music concerts by Italian and international musicians in stunning locations including the Salone Reale of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, the auditorium of the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, the Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero in Varenna, Villa Grumello in Como as well as unexpected locations in small villages around the lake. Various locations, until 5 September, www.bellagiofestival.com
Take a dip
Milan is blessed with a number of open air swimming pools where locals and those in the know head to cool off in the summer. Here are our top swimming spots in the city...
Ceresio 7: This glamorous rooftop swimming, eating and drinking complex sits atop DSquared2’s head office in Milan. The two pools aren’t massive, but they do offer impressive 360 degree views of the city’s skyline and sun loungers to cool off in style. Enjoy a cocktail by the American Bar or choose from contemporary Italian cuisine delivered by chef Elio Sironi and his team.
Via Ceresio, 7, 20154 Milan, www.ceresio7.com
Lido di Milano: Built in the age of Mussolini this imposing 8000 square metre pool and outdoor sports complex is a Milan institution. This year the Lido has been totally renovated and incorporates a new beach area made up of over 1000 tons of sand that was shipped into the city. Guests can relax on the Balinese sun loungers, enjoy drinks and DJ-sets in the VIP area or play tennis at the outdoor courts.
Piazzale Lotto, 15, 20148, Milan, www.milanosport.it
A full list of the city’s public swimming pools can be accessed on www.milanosport.it (website in Italian only).
Scratch and sniff at Leonardo 3
Lady with an Ermine, source: upload.wikimedia.org
And finally, if you looking for something a bit wacky then head down to the ‘Leonardo 3: World of Leonardo’ exhibition in Piazza Scala. This ongoing exhibition seeks to create new experiences around Milan’s most famous genius.
This month you have the chance to see and smell their newest invention. Experience Da Vinci’s ‘Lady with an Ermine’ along with a tailored fragrance that aims to recreate the same the artist had while painting this famous work of art. Until 31 October, Piazza della Scala, www.leonardo3.net