What’s Happening in Milano in September 2016

If August in Milan is the month for mass exodus, September is the month for reentry for students, young professionals, families and pensioners. So it’s no wonder that tons of events are planned for the months that marks the start of the school year. Here we’ve put together the best the city has to offer, whether you’re interested in music, video gaming, film, fashion, good eats or wine. The hard part will be deciding where to go!

MITO logoFor Classical Music Lovers
What: MiTo Music Festival
When: 2-22 September
Where: Various venues around Milano
This music fest, in its 10th edition, features classical music concerts at all the main auditoriums and concert locations around the city. Many performances have free admission and the other have ticket prices ranging between €5 and €20. Tickets can be purchased online, at Teatro Dal Verme or at the concert location 90 minutes before the performance. One of this year’s main events is MITO Open Singing, in the Piazza del Duomo this Saturday, where the audience is invited to sing along with 1,000 choir singers.

Milano Game Fest logoFor Video Game Nerds
What: Milano Game Festival
When: 8-12 September
Where: IULM University, Via Carlo Bo 7 (M3 Romolo)
Much like a film festival provides a shared experience of viewing a newly released movie, the Milano Game Festival allows participants to experience one brand new video game together. Everyone plays the same game at the same time for about two hours, sharing a common experience to discuss and remember. Held as part of the XXI Triennale “Design after Design,” game creators will be available to meet attendees. Registration is required online.

Milano Film Fest logoFor Movie Buffs
What: Milano Film Festival
When: 8-18 September
Where: The Tortona area and other locations in Milano
Emerging film-makers from different parts of the world are featured at this annual event, now hosting it 21st edition. Some of the more well-known projects to check out are “Lo and Behold” (2016) directed by Werner Herzog, a documentary about the digital era and the internet, and “Gimme Danger” directed by Jim Jarmusch, with Iggy Pop talking about his band The Stooges. You can buy tickets or the MFF Card at the BASE Milano infopoint, online or at the venues. Tickets range from €5 to €8 and a MFF Card is only €10 for students and provides discounts on all screenings.

13901605_615408035303987_8422224077917196079_nFor Fashionistas
What: Vogue Fashion’s Night Out
When: 20 September
Where: Shopping areas in and near the city center
The fashion magazine Vogue has been organizing this event every year since 2009, to kick off the start of Fashion Week. This year, the only city in Italy with activities will be Milan (it was previously also held in other cities like Florence and Rome). The whole city comes out to check out shops, get freebies from various stores and companies, go to cocktail parties, support charities and attend concerts and other cultural events.

What: Women’s Fashion Week
When: 21-26 September
Where: Various venues around Milano
Want to paparazzi the VIPs and fashion models going to and leaving the biggest fashions shows? Or just get the latest on all the new Spring/Summer 2017 looks? Then you can’t miss Milano Fashion Week! Though the fashion shows are often reserved to industry insiders and celebrities, there are several events open to the public. In Piazza Gae Aulenti, you can hit up the Fashion Hub at UniCredit Pavilion, where 14 brands will be featured. You can watch the shows on jumbo screens in the same area, as well as Piazzetta Croce Rossa, or online. Finally, Franca Sozzani has curated the exhibit, “Crafting the Future: Stories of Artisanship and Innovation,” at the recently opened MUDEC museum.

Food Truck Fest logoFor Foodies
What: Streeat – Food Truck Festival
When: 16-18 September
Where: Carroponte, Via Granelli 1, Sesto San Giovanni (M1 Sesto Marelli, M5 Bignami)
The best food trucks (and food Ape Piaggios and food bikes and food carts and food motorcycles) in Italy will be in Milano for you to enjoy. There will also be plenty of craft beer, wines cocktails and smoothies to choose from and good live music while you’re eating and drinking. There will be lots of regional Italian options, international fare, and vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and lactose free choices.

Bottigile Aperto locationOctober Bonus Event: For Wine Connoisseurs  
What: Milano Wine Show – Bottiglie Aperte
When: 1-3 October
Where: Il Palazzo delle Stelline, Corso Magenta 61 (M1-M2 Cadorna)
Want to experience a full day of wine tasting excellent DOC and DOCG Italian wine from all over the country? Then this is the event for you! Tickets aren’t cheap (they start at €36.50 for a one-day pass) but you’ll get your pick of all the varietals from all the different regions in Italy from more than 100 producers. Sommeliers will also be on hand to explain the wines you’re tasting. Get more info on their website and a link to buy tickets.

6 Made in Milan Brand Museums

Fashion, the automotive industry, cocktails, design and football. These sectors are all essential to Milan’s identity and business community. And each is represented by a company based in the city with their own museum. Find out more about where you can learn about each company’s history and brand. all Made in Milano.

Bodice of embroidered garment1. Armani Silos: Fashionistas should head to this museum, focusing on 40 years of Armani fashion. Sections focus on different topics, including Stars, Daywear, Esotismi, Cromatismi and Luce. Come to browse 600 outfits and 200 accessories from Armani collections. Get an inside look at the designer’s aesthetic and how it has evolved over the years.
Address: Via Bergognone 40
Getting There: M2 Porta Genova
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-8pm; Thurs and Sat open till 10pm
Admission: €12

2. Fondazione Pirelli: The automotive industry in Northern Italy is world-famous, with brands based in Maranello (Ferrari), Torino (Fiat) and Sant’Agata Bolognese (Lamborghini). But most of these cars get their tires from a company based right here in Milano: Pirelli. To find out more about the history of the company and their communication materials, visit the foundation.
Address: Viale Sarca 222
Getting There: M5 Ponale
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; reservations required
Admission: Free

Stand with Campari logo3. Galleria Campari: A brand known around the world for its pre-dinner cocktails, Campari is also based in Milano. Check out their cool multimedia exhibit featuring their communication campaigns, especially from the belle epoque era. With 150 years of history, their image and design identity are still very relevant today.
Address: Via Gramsci 161, Sesto San Giovanni
Getting There: M1 Sesto 1 Maggio
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri: tours at 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm; first and third Saturday of every month: tours at 10am, 11:30am, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm
Admission: Free

Façade of Kartell Museum4. Kartell Museo: Milano is known around the world as a design capital. As one of the most famous Italian design brands, Kartell’s museum does not disappoint. Located outside the city (so you’ll need to take a bus to get there), great collections of 8,000 objects, 5,000 designs and 15,000 photographs are available. You can learn more about the brand’s history, production, materials used, technology and communication strategies.
Address: Via delle Industrie 3, Noviglio
Getting There: Take the Rosate or Motta Visconti bus from the M2 Famagosta stop and get off at the Noviglio Santa Corinna stop
Opening Hours: Contact the museum to make a reservation
Admission: Free

Cup and exhibit from AC Milan museum5. Mondo Milan Museum: For soccer fans (and especially AC Milan fans), this is the museum for you. Learn all about the team’s history, spanning over 100 years, with a focus on famous players, trophies and memorabilia. There is currently a temporary exhibit included in the price focusing on the FIFA World Cup and how its made.
Address: Via Aldo Rossi 8
Getting There: M1 Lotto or M5 Portello
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm
Admission: €18 full price, €12 for Cuore Rossonero cardholders

6. Museo Branca: With a history dating back to 1845, Branca’s museum has been open since 2009. Located in the 1913 factory, it focuses on the brand’s advertising history and the production of the digestif. And if you want to find out even more, head to the Torre Branca (admission cost €5), designed by Gio Ponti and towering 108m above Parco Sempione.
Address: Via Resegone 2
Getting There: M3 Maciachini, Passante Lancetti
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-3pm; reservations required
Admission: Free

Via Montenapoleone

Via Monte Napoleone street signTo all Bocconians and Milanese. As you are discovering the city of Milan you might want to save time and know what are the best places to go strolling in Milan. There are many nice places but let me tell you about one pleasant street: via Montenapoleone.

Via Montenapoleone is famous for its ready-to-wear fashion and jewelry shops. It is the most important street of the Milan Fashion District (the quadrilatero della moda). The street starts from Via Monforte (almost Piazza San Babila) and ends at Via dei Giardini. You’ll find many shops of very famous international fashion brands on both sides of the sidewalk along the entire street. Not only the shops are nice (quite expensive though) but even the sidewalk and the façades are pleasant. Map of the Via Monte Napoleone area

Via Montenapoleone is regarded as one of the most important street in fashion, as Milan is recognized as one of the major fashion capitals in the world. Today, several of the world’s top fashion houses have their headquarters, major offices or large emporia in the street. Its equivalents in the world would be the “Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré” in Paris, “Via Condotti” in Roma, “Bond Street” or “Oxford Street” in London, “Via dè Tornabuoni” in Florence and “Rodeo Drive” in Beverly Hills.

Here is the list of all the shops you will find: A. Testoni, Alberta Ferretti, Alberto Guardiani, Alexander Mcqueen, Alfieri & Saint John, Alviero Martini, Angelo Fusco, Aprica, Armani Collezioni, Armani Junior, Ars Rosa, Aspesi, Atelier Aimée, Audemars Piguet, Baldinini, Bally, Bottega Veneta, Etro, Fabi, Fedeli Red and Blue, Francesco Biasia, Fratelli Rossetti, Frette, G.Lorenzi, Gallia&Peter, Gastone Lucioli, Gavello, Geox, Gianmaria Buccellati, Gianni Accardi, Giorgetti Space, Giuseppe Zanotti, Gucci, Hogan, Iceberg, La Murrinan, La Perla, Larusmiani, Lorenz, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Mancadori, Marano, Mariano Rubinacci, Mariella Burani, Mario Bucellati, Marni, Mastro Raphael, Malegari e Costa, Miss Sixty, Miu Miu, Montblanc, Mortarotti, Nara Camicie, Narciso Rodriguez, Nella Longari, Omega, Paul & Shark, Pederzani, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti, Pianegonda, Pisa, Prada, Pucci, Ralph Lauren, Rocca Calderoni, Sabbadini, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sarli Couture, Sebastiani, Sergio Rossi, Silvano Lattanzi, Simonetta Ravizza, Spreafico, Tanino Crisci, Valentino, Venini, Versace, Vetrerie di Empoli, Vierre, Yves Saint Laurent.

Via Montenapoleone is famous today for its shops but it has been more than a shopping street. The street has an Ancient history: it traces the Roman city walls erected by Emperor Maximian. But more recently in 1783 a financial institution known as the Monte Camerale di Santa Teresa opened here in Palazzo Marliani, with the function of managing the public debt. In 1786 the street itself was named after the monte. But then the bank closed in 1796 band re-opened in 1804, when Milan became capital of the Napoleonic Italian Republic. Its present name comes from the great Emperor “Napoleon Bonaparte”: Via Montenapoleone.

In 2002 the Street Association start the project “Media” (viaMontenapoleone) including the Radio and the Portal. Their website gives you information concerning the new events taking place in the street, the shops in the street, etc…

Hoping you’ll have a nice time!