Averages for Milan in May
Located in the Lombardy region ofÂ Italy, Milan is a popular holiday destinatio...
Located in the Lombardy region of Italy, Milan is a popular holiday destination for a city break. The second largest city in the country, it is vibrant and stylish, known for its famous fashion scene as well as its amazing culture and cuisine.
Depending on what time you’re visiting Milan, you could get very different weather as the seasons are distinct and the city experiences an extremely varied climate. In May, spring is leaving and summer is getting closer. As a result, temperatures soar, and warm sunny days become the norm in Milan. The average daily temperature in Milan in this month is 18.5°C, reaching highs of 24°C which can feel rather warm with Milan’s high humidity.
The weather in May can still get quite cool and wet at times though – at night, temperatures drop to an average minimum temperature of 13°C, so do make sure you pack some light layers to see you through the month.
Speaking of what to pack, you may also want to include some waterproofs in your suitcase, as May sees a relatively high amount of rainfall, with a 43% chance of a rainy day. The average rainfall in Milan is 72mm which generally falls over 12 wet days throughout this month. Despite this, visitors will still be able to soak up plenty of sunshine in the city. Milan sees an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day in May with a 21% chance of a sunny day.
May is one of the ideal times to see the city of Milan outside of the cold winter months and when it is not too crowded. As most of the tourists come to the city for the hot weather of summer, May has the best of both worlds, with warm weather and emptier streets.
La Scalla Opera House
Where to stay
Milan has accommodation to suit every traveller, from budget-friendly backpacker hostels to luxury five-star hotels.
Hotel Lancaster offers reasonably priced accommodation in the heart of Milan, just a short walk from Arco della Pace. This three-star, family friendly hotel has comfortable and stylish rooms equipped with Wi-Fi and digital TV, while on site there’s a bar, a coffee shop and a deli.
For fashionistas seeking a truly special stay in Milan, the Armani Hotel is a stylish choice. From designer Armani, this hotel is located in the chic Quadrilatero della Moda district and is fitted with Armani Casa furnishings for a luxurious finish. When not enjoying the exquisite surroundings of their room, guests can enjoy the hotel’s restaurant and sauna.
Lake Como Shore
Things to do
An area of great culture, Milan is well-known for its many historic landmarks, monuments and museums, which are well worth exploring if you are in the city. One such landmark is Sforza Castle, a medieval castle that was built in the 15th century. Today, visitors can walk the grounds or visit the museums and art galleries that are housed here, which feature artworks by Michelangelo and paintings by Titian and Bellini among other things.
For an even greater insight into the city, Milano Cortili Aperti is held in April which means many of the courtyards of Milan's private houses are open to the public.
Milan is also known for its fashion and style, and is one of the fashion capitals of the world. If you spend any time in the city, shopping can be one of the major attractions for any fashion conscious tourist who loves couture. One of the best shopping destinations in Milan is the Quadrilatero d'Oro, or 'rectangle of gold' which is home to most of Milan’s major stores. For a bargain, there are also many designer outlet stores in the city.
May hosts a few major events in Milan including Sagra del Carroccio which celebrates the anniversary of the battle of 1176. During this festival, costume parades and festivities go on in the city. As well as this, Pittori sul Naviglio is an outdoor art exhibition which may be of interest to some visitors.
La Loggia (Town Hall) in Brescia
Eating and drinking
After fashion, Milan is renowned for its food scene with an array of great restaurants, cafes and bars all over the city. Lovers of haute cuisine can feast on contemporary Italian fare at Da Vic Ristorante Guerrini. Popular with both visitors and local Milano’s, the menu here is made up of fresh seafood such as whole lobster and seabass alongside delicious homemade pasta dishes. A great choice for an evening out in Milan.
For something a little different, head to Zero, just a short walk from the Conciliazione metro station. This Japanese sushi spot is sleek and contemporary in style – perfect for dinner or drinks when you’re in the city. Try some traditional sashimi or a sh?ch? cocktail.
Finally, you can’t leave Milan without sampling some traditional Italian gelato. Whether you love classic strawberry, chocolate or something more exciting, one of the best places to go is Il Massimo del Gelato, a historic ice-cream shop in the city. A delicious sweet treat that that offers cool refreshment on warm May days.