Averages for Milan in December

Often described as the fashion capital of the world, Milan is a sleek and stylish city that’s located in the northern Lombardy region of Italy. The city is not just a popular destination for...

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Averages for Milan in December

Often described as the fashion capital of the world, Milan is a sleek and stylish city that’s located in the northern Lombardy region of Italy. The city is not just a popular destination for fashion lovers though, it attracts tourists all year round thanks to its vibrant culture, high-end nightlife and historic architecture.

For those planning a Christmas getaway to Milan, be aware the weather can be quite unpredictable. December is the middle of winter in the city and as a result, temperatures drop and there’s a chance of rain and even snow. Sunshine is limited in December, with an average of 2 hours of sunshine per day in Milan during this month so it might be worth checking the daily forecast.

December is also one of the coldest months of the year in Milan and the temperatures can often plummet to freezing or below. The average daily temperature in Milan in this month is just 4°C, with temperatures only reaching highs of 7°C. On the coldest days, and particularly at night, the city can experience very cold weather with an average minimum temperature of 1°C. To protect against this winter weather, come prepared with warm clothes if you're visiting Milan in December.

There is a chance of rain in December so you may still want to pack an umbrella. Milan sees an average rainfall of 42mm over 10 days throughout the month. This doesn’t make December one of the wettest months of the year and in fact, there is less rain than the preceding months. However, December does have the biggest chance of snow in Milan. There’s a 9% chance of a snow day in the city in December.

Despite the low temperatures and chances of wet weather, December is still a great time to visit Milan. The city is relatively quiet at this time of year, so if you don’t mind wrapping up warm and possibly getting a little wet, you can explore the sights of the city away from the crowds of tourists that flock here in the summer.

Santa Maria Delle Grazia

Santa Maria Delle Grazia?

Where to stay

Those visiting Milan in December should be able to find suitable accommodation with ease, whether you’re looking for the lowest prices possible or a hotel with wow factor.

For accommodation with a view, Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa Milano is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city and is perfect for a special stay over Christmas or the New Year. Rated five stars, this grand hotel welcomes guests with a spectacular marbled reception and staircase, while rooms are just as exquisite. All of the rooms and suites are located on the fourth floor upwards, so each room has stunning views over Milan. If you’re lucky, some even look out over Milan’s famous cathedral.

If you’re after something a little less extravagant, the Hotel Aosta is a simple but stylish choice. Rooms here are modern and comfortable with satellite TV and ensuite bathrooms while guests can also enjoy breakfast each morning. Ideally located across from Milan’s train station, it’s perfect for those arriving by train or those who want to travel outside of the city on their break.
 

Leonardo da Vinci statue

Leonardo da Vinci statue

Things to do

Despite the cold weather, there remain a host of festivals and events in Milan in this month. The city is very festive at this time, making it a great place to spend some of December if you want to get into the Christmas spirit. There’s a number of Christmas markets held in the city and visitors should not miss the huge twinkling Christmas tree that stands in the Piazza del Duomo.

The festive season in Milan starts with Festa di Sant'Ambrogio, a popular festival with the locals, often celebrated with a number of events including a street fair.

Opera season begins in December, making the Teatro alla Scala, one of Milan's top attractions, well worth a visit in this month. The historic and beautiful venue shows some of the world’s best opera shows, with tickets available online. The opera house is also home to a museum, with a number of notable works of art inside. As well as this, the Picolo Teatro starts its program of productions in this month.

If you haven't done all your Christmas shopping prior to December, Milan may be the perfect place to pick up some presents for your loved ones. It is, after all, one of the fashion capitals of the world, thus the shopping is a treat. Head to the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a stunning historic mall, to do some shopping and stay warm.

New Year's Eve is celebrated in Milan with both traditional masses and with parties and other celebrations. If you're in Milan for the holiday, you're bound to find a celebration that suits you.

The Historic Royal Villa of Monza

The Historic Royal Villa of Monza

Eating and drinking

Foodies will be in utter heaven in Milan. The city is almost as famous for its food scene as it is for its fashion. There are a number of fantastic restaurants in the city serving all types of food, but a great recommendation to start is Savani, one of the most famous restaurants in the city and in fact, in Italy. This upscale eatery is located inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade in the centre of the city and is perfect for lunch or dinner. The menu features gourmet Italian dishes which are served in beautiful surroundings.

For a quick and affordable refreshment when you’re exploring Milan don’t miss Bastianello Pasticceria. Located in the historic district, this casual café serves some of the best coffee in the city, as well as a range of other hot drinks that are perfect for a cold day in December. There’s also a delicious range of sweet treats and pastries available.

Last but not least, if you want to celebrate over the festive season, Milan has a great choice of bars dotted around the city. Bar Basso has become an institute in Milan and is a must try if you want to rub shoulders with some of the most stylish people in the city. The historic bar is well known for its cocktails and its signature drink, the Negroni Sbagliato.

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