Summer is beautiful in Milano

A selection of events from Bella Estate program

The city of Milano has prepared a program of summer events called La Bella Estate (The Beautiful Summer) to give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy outdoor concerts and cultural events all around the city. The epicenter of the summer program is the Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco). Until September 7, more than 80 live concerts and performances will take place inside the castle walls, either free of charge or at very affordable prices, ranging from jazz to pop, rock and electronic music.


On July 21, the exhibition “Body and Soul, from Donatello to Michelangelo” will open at the Castle. Presented in collaboration with the Louvre Museum, it is dedicated to Italian Renaissance sculpture.


As for La Scala, which reopened to the public in June with the staging of The Marriage of Figaro, contemporary ballet will return to the iconic Milanese theatre with “Contemporary Soirée”, including the world premiere of “Birds walking on water” with music by Pärt, Sibelius and Martynov and choreography by Natalia Horecna for the La Scala Ballet on July 7-8.

Info and tickets HERE.


On July 11-14, La Scala in the City will take classical music, opera and ballet to the various neighborhoods of Milano, with 18 free concerts, taking place in churches, universities, museums, and public parks and piazzas all around the city. The Brera Art Museum is among the chosen locations. The closing concert on July 14 will take the audience back to
Scala, culminating in a ballet performance of contemporary and classical pieces.

On July 15, “Breath Ghosts Blind”, the exhibit by contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan, opens at Pirelli Hangar Bicocca. Lasting until 2022, the new solo show unfolds in a series of acts exploring existential concepts such as the fragility of life, individual memory, and collective sense of loss. Amidst symbolic references and popular imagery, this unique project especially conceived for the Milanese art space upends social values, with the irreverence that has made Cattelan a celebrity around the world.


Until the last week of August, there is the “Milano Arte Musica” festival, offering Baroque and Renaissance music concerts at affordable prices.


Triennale Milano, the architecture and design museum of Milano, has the FOG festival of performing arts running until July 21. Until September 12, Triennale has two retrospectives devoted to two seminal Italian designers, Enzo Mari and Vico Magistretti.


The art program closes with Milano Art Week (September 13-19), in collaboration with Miart Fair of modern and contemporary art.


Going forward, there will be the Supersalone at Fiera Milano on September 5-10. It will be a special edition of the Salone del Mobile. Milano, featuring the best of Italian interior design over the last decades.


Milano is back and a spirit of euphoria is pervading the city. There’s never been a better time to visit Italy’s gateway to Europe and the world.