The year in Milano starts with shopping sales. In fact, January for the Milanese means above all one thing and one thing only: "saldi". The period of bargains and discounts extends through February in the shop-intensive areas of Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Via Montenapoleone, Via Torino, Corso Buenos Aires and Corso Garibaldi.
Fashion collections also return to the catwalk, first with the Milano Fashion Week Men’s (from 12 to 16 January), dedicated to the new men's collections for Autumn/Winter 2024-2025, followed by Milano Fashion Week Women's, from 20 to 26 February. Between the two glamorous events, the Carnival of Fat Saturday (17 February), which in Milano ends four days later than the rest of Italy and indeed the world: it is time for masquerades and parades, kid parties in costume, confetti, streamers and traditional sweets.
January and February are the coldest months in Milano, and from the terraces of the Duomo you can see the white peaks of the Lombard Alps, the mountains on the outskirts of Milano. Bormio and Livigno, Olympic venues for the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Games, are among the ski resorts that welcome the Milanese and their visitors for an outing in the snow. The slopes are just perfect for downhill and snowboarding, and there are tracks for freeriding and cross-country skiing, ski mountaineering and snowshoeing, but also après-ski activities, high-altitude Spas and hearty dinners in refuges sipping grappa by the fireplace, for a true Italian winter vacation on the Alps.