March welcomes Spring back to the streets of Milano with stunningly colourful blooms; a floral renaissance celebrates the arrival of the season, the perfect opportunity for walks, visits and rituals.
The first month of Spring in Milano makes its debut with MuseoCity which, with its theme of light as the protagonist, complements the exhibitions dedicated both to video art (such as Bill Viola at Palazzo Reale and the Last Supper installation in Brera) and to photography, with numerous inaugurations from the MIA Photo Fair to the much-anticipated Legacy by Helmut Newton.
Open-air initiatives also flourish with the season’s milder climate, such as the historic, and typically Milanese, Stramilano which celebrates its 50th edition in 2023. You may also choose to enjoy other sporting events or simply seek out the picturesque corners and open-air masterpieces in the city.
Milano in bloom
Get ready for the arrival of spring
Milano is in bloom! With the arrival of the milder season, it's time to step out and discover all the beauty ensconced in the colourful city’s corners, the open-air masterpieces and the street artworks to be photographed.
For all botanical lovers, Villa Necchi Campiglio presents Soffio di Primavera (A Breath of Spring) on March 4th and 5th, an exhibition/market of plants and garden products organized by FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano.
Also, on March 25th and 26th, FAI returns with Spring Days, a two-day event when it opens the doors of the many of the art institutions it curates throughout the year. Bookings open on the official website from March 15th.
From March 3rd to 5th
La Luce nei Musei (Light in the Museums) is the chosen theme for MuseoCity 2023 and its scheduled initiatives where light is the protagonist in all its forms: visitors can opt for guided tours, immersive encounters and fascinating experiences at the participating venues that make their debut in this edition.
Lots of new entries, including the special opening of the Bocconi University historical archives on the Italian history of fashion, a discussion on the magic of the play of light in the Ferré fashion shows, the inauguration of a new AR visitor experience at the Brera Astronomical Museum, Gaetano Previati’s incredible illustrations for the 1901 edition of the Promessi Sposi at the Castello Sforzesco, or even a visit to the Alfa Romeo Museum in the dark.
Stramilano and all the great sporting events in March
These are the main dates for participation and entertainment in this sports-packed month.
On March 19th, the historic and unmissable Stramilano celebrates its 50th anniversary with two free-paced routes, 10 k and 5 k, starting from Piazza Duomo, plus the super-competitive 21 k Half Marathon that springs into action at Piazza Castello.
On March 18th, the stars of the international cycling circuit stop off in Milano for the historic La Classicissima Milano-Sanremo race.
On the basketball front, a double EuroLeague fixture for Olimpia Milano, ready to set the Assago Forum alight, where they will face two big shots such as the leaders Olympiacos (March 3rd) and Bayern Munich (March 24th).
Last but not least, a mega date on the football calendar returns with the hotly contested Derby D'Italia between Inter and Juventus on Sunday, March 19th.
Spring on show
Some important shows on the Milano 2023 cultural schedule will be inaugurated in March.
Let's start from the heart of the city at Palazzo Reale: on March 23rd presentation of the mirror work project by Michelangelo Pistoletto with his Preventive Peace where hundreds of doves will hover in the Sala delle Cariatidi.
On March 24th, inauguration of Legacy by Helmut Newton, arguably the most published and most famous photographer of all time and, still today, a constant source of inspiration for generations of photographers.
Another venue to add to your list of spring exhibitions is MUDEC - Museum of Cultures: Dalì, Magritte, Man Ray and Surrealism starts on March 24th thanks to the loan from the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, which can claim to possess the most unique surrealist art collection in the world.
The large-format installations of the NOw/here exhibition by Gian Maria Tosatti at the Hangar Bicocca also attract notable public interest and inspire reflection.
Photography enthusiasts in Milano will be spoiled for choice in March.
Two much-anticipated events are: the Mia Photo Fair, the major event dedicated to photography from 23rd to 26th at Superstudio Maxi, and Helmut Newton's Legacy, which opens on March 24th at Palazzo Reale.
Amongst the featured exhibitions: Guy Bourdin - Storyteller, a tribute by Armani Silos to the French photographer who could condense entire stories, preferably mysteries and crime, into a single shot; Giulia Parlato the young Italian photography prize winner with her Diachronicles project at the Triennale, and the evocative and powerful exhibition at the Diocesan Museum on homeless persons, by Lee Jeffries. Portraits. L’anima oltre l’immagine (The soul beyond the image).
Until March 19th, at Mudec, there is still time to admire Robert Capa's war and travel reportages. On display are some photographs never before exhibited in Italy, thanks to the collaboration with the Magnum Photos agency.