Averages for Milan in January

Milan is a thriving metropolis in the northern Lombardi region of Italy. One of the biggest cities in Italy, Milan has many attractions and is a popular tourist destination for architecture aficio...

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Averages for Milan in January

  Temperature 3°C


Low Temperature -1°C


  High Temperature 7°C


  Sunshine Hours 3 hrs
  Rainfall 36mm
  Rainfall days 9 days
  Chance of Rain 20 %

Averages for Milan in January

Milan is a thriving metropolis in the northern Lombardi region of Italy. One of the biggest cities in Italy, Milan has many attractions and is a popular tourist destination for architecture aficionados, fashionistas and lovers of great Italian food and culture.

As a result of its inland location and the nearby mountains, Milan has a mild, Mediterranean climate with four very distinct seasons; summers are hot and sunny while winters are wet and cold. January is the middle of winter in Milan, and the city tends to be quieter than at other times of the year. This is because the weather can be cold, damp and fairly unpredictable. 

The average daily temperature in Milan is a chilly 3°C with highs only reaching 7°C throughout January. The temperatures can drop below freezing during this month, with a minimum temperature of -1°C, so visitors to Milan at this time of year should be prepared for cold weather, with warmer clothing.

Rainfall is prevalent in January, and in fact throughout most of the winter season. Milan sees an average rainfall of 36mm which is spread over 9 wet days and there’s a 21% chance of a rainy day. When temperatures drop, precipitation can turn to snow, with an 8% chance of snow in Milan in January. The weather can be rather cloudy and foggy at this time of year too.

On the brighter side, visitors to Milan are in with the chance of seeing some sunshine during their visit. There is an average expectation of 2 hours of sunshine per day in Milan during this month. 

If you want to explore the attractions of Milan without the summer time crowds, and you don’t mind a bit of rain and cold weather, January is a great time to explore Milan. Just remember to pack a coat and umbrella!

Church of Santa Maria dell Grazie

Church of Santa Maria dell Grazie

Where to stay

Staying in Milan can be pricey, but visiting in January, outside of peak tourist season, means you will be able to find some great deals on accommodation. Residence Aramis Milan Downtown is a budget-friendly hotel that’s conveniently located in downtown Milan’s historic district, close to the Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology. Here, guests can enjoy a self-catering stay, with apartments that are fully equipped with kitchen facilities as well as private bathrooms.

For a first-class stay in Milan, look no further than the Grand Visconti Palace. This four-star, luxury hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers guests spacious and stylish accommodation as well as a gourmet restaurant and a wellness spa. The hotel is located in south Milan, just 250 metres from the Lodi metro stop for easy access to the city centre. Perfect for a relaxing stay in Milan.

Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore

Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore

Things to do

Milan is a city that always has a lot to see and do throughout the year. Whatever time of the year you find yourself in the city, there should be plenty for you to entertain yourself with.

One of the things that Milan is most famous for is its fashion. The city is known for being one the style capitals of the world, so where better to go for a wardrobe update? From designer boutiques to high street stores, Milan has something to suit every taste and budget and shopping here is a quintessential experience. One of the most popular shopping destinations is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the world’s oldest shopping mall. Built between 1865 and 1877, this historic gem is a shopper’s paradise and a beautiful venue to spend a few hours.

If clothes aren’t your thing, head to the markets and pick up a few authentic souvenirs. Fiera di Senigallia is a market which occurs every Saturday in the city, selling everything from handmade craft items, to records and bicycles. Another market to visit is Mercato dell'Antiquariato di Brera, which boasts books, antiques, jewellery and plenty more.

Shopping isn't the only draw for this fantastic city, though. There are a number of great art galleries and museums in the city to while away the time in, perfect for when the weather outside is less than inviting. One of the most popular is the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci" which is the largest science and technology museum in Italy, and, as its name suggests, is dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.

Finally, if you are in Milan on the 6th of January, there is a traditional procession called the Corteo dei Re Magi. This religious festival celebrates the three wise men, who legend says are buried in the city.

Autumn in the Sempione Park

Autumn in the Sempione Park

Eating and drinking

Milan has an unrivalled food scene, with restaurants and cafés to suit every taste and budget. One of the best rated restaurants in the city is the Nerino Dieci Trattoria located In the Navigi area of the city. Here, guests can enjoy contemporary Italian dining including seafood, pasta dishes and homemade soups. Though upscale, this restaurant is surprisingly affordable.

Of course, no trip to Italy would be complete without trying some authentic Italian pizza, and you can find one of the best in Milan at Johnny Pizza a Portafoglio. This casual eatery serves fresh, wood-fired pizzas Napoli style, with a range of delicious toppings.

For after dinner drinks in style, head to Nottingham Forest. This quirky bar has a tiki theme and is one of the world’s most famous molecular mixology bars, where you’ll find a unique range of cocktails that look too good to drink.

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