Milan Weather October Averages, Italy
What's the Weather like in Milan in October
Recently voted top of the New York Times' '52 Places to go to in 2015' list, Milan is one of the most popular holiday destinations to visit right now. Located in the northern Lombardy region of Italy, the city is most famously known for its fashion scene as well as its amazing architecture and vibrant culture.
If you're visiting Milan in October, you'll need to know what the weather is like and what to pack. Milan has a mostly Mediterranean climate with some big variations in seasons. October marks the end of summer in Milan and the start of autumn. This means the temperatures are still mild, but slightly on the cooler side and there is some expectation of rain. The weather can be fairly unpredictable and changeable, though, so if you visit Milan at this time of the year it would be wise to pack some warm clothes as well as something waterproof and remember to check the forecast.
In October, the average daily temperature in Milan is 14.5°C but temperatures can still reach highs of 19°C which can feel quite pleasant. Temperatures are starting to drop low during this month though, especially at night. The average minimum temperature in Milan in October is 10°C.
Luckily, there is still some sunshine to enjoy in October, with an average of 4 hours of sunshine per day in Milan during this month and a 23% chance of a sunny day.
As you would expect in autumn, Milan does see some rainy days so visitors should be prepared for this. October is actually nearly as wet as September, with an average rainfall of 90mm over 11 days throughout this month.
Despite the chance of rain, people often prefer to visit Milan at this time of year, as the cooler weather makes walking around the city much more comfortable than the summer months, while fewer tourists means it is not so busy.
Milan Hotels in October
Looking for somewhere to stay in Milan? The city has a huge choice of accommodation options and outside of peak summer season you should be able to find some great deals.
Hotel Milano Navigli is located in the stylish Navigli area of the city and is perfect if you want to be in the heart of Milan. The hotel is clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated in a contemporary and colourful style that's perfect for families, friends and couples. En-suite rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning, while a buffet breakfast is served to guests every morning.
Alternatively, head to Hotel Spadari Al Duomo for luxurious surroundings and high quality service. This four star hotel reflects the style and sophistication of Milan with beautiful décor and fabulous finishing touches such as original artwork on the wall. Just a 6 minute walk from Milan cathedral, it's a convenient base for seeing the city.
Bars and Restaurants
When you're eating out in Milan, there's a huge choice of eateries, but you have to try some of the local cuisine. This includes authentic Italian pizza. Milan has many great pizzerias, including La Taverna. This place is very popular with the locals and often has a queue out of the door, especially at the weekend, but it's worth the wait for the delicious homemade and wood-fired pizzas. Try the signature Neapolitan.
If you thought Milan only did great pizza though, you'd be wrong. For something a little different, try Wang Jaio for some of the best Chinese food in the city. There are four locations all over Milan, each with a simple and stylish interior and an excellent menu.
Finally, if you're looking for somewhere to enjoy an evening out in Milan, there are many stylish bars to choose from. The city is well known for its cocktail scene, which can be enjoyed at places like Mag Café in the Navilgi area of the city. This bar has a retro feel with blues and jazz playing and a range of vintage-inspired cocktails from all over the world.
Things to do in Milan in October
The cooler weather means seeing the sights of Milan is much more enjoyable in autumn than in the hot summer months. Take advantage of this and pack in as many attractions as possible during your stay. A great way to do this is with a guided bus tour. City Sightseeing Milano offer hop on-hop off bus tours where you can find out more about the city's attractions and see them at your own pace.
One sight you should not miss is the Piazza del Duomo, the main square in the centre of the city which is home to some of Milan's most famous buildings. Here, you can see Milan's glorious cathedral, the Royal Palace and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade as well as enjoying a spot of people watching or dining in one of the restaurants nearby.
As always in Milan, there are plenty of events and festivals happening in October to keep you and the family entertained. On the first Monday of October, the famous Fiera di Chiaravalle comes to Milan, featuring music, dancing and an outdoor art exhibition. The international multimedia event SMAU also takes place in Milan in October, at the Fiera Exhibition Centre, with a number of different exhibits on display.
Finally, Milan's second major fashion show of the year, MODIT-Milanovendemoda, happens in October, with some of the top international designers arriving in the city to show off their latest collections to the waiting world. It's a major event in the fashion industry and takes place in various venues across the city.