In August, Milan is not as crowded as it is usually. The few people that stay in the city enjoy collecting atypical milanese situations: It took me 10 minutes to cross Corso Buenos Aires, check, Melchiorre Gioia was empty, check, I found a seat on the Green metro line, check.
Don’t worry: despite the empty streets, you will find something to do more than just wandering around air conditioned museum halls.
Exhibitions, concerts and screenings: the Milanese summer tries its best to satisfy tourists and citizens.
Let’s start with the cultural events scheduled for August 2015:
For movie lovers, the outdoor cinema AriAnteo is back until September, 30th.
This year, soundtracks and special effects are lightening three spaces up: the Arena Civica, the Incoronata Cloister and, for the very first time, the Metropolitan Market of Porta Genova.
Those willing to find a soundtrack for their evenings have nothing to fear: Milan in summer is full of open spaces where music is played and beer is drank. Or ice tea, as in the case of the Estathé Market Sound, the music event that takes place at the Mercati Generali in via Lombroso 54. There is a huge list of concerts, one among the many is the Gogol Bordello’s on August 27th .
Another space dedicated to music is the Carroponte: once train factory, it hosts today jazz musicians, and both international and Italian bands.
Also bistros and restaurants go on holiday, and most of them close from the beginning till the end of the month. The Rotonda della Besana, near Piazza Cinque Giornate, stays open. Former cemetery, now the Rotonda hosts a museum for children, but on the weekend it opens its doors, or rather its gardens, also to adults.
Every Saturdays and Sundays, in fact, Rotondabistro provides everything you need for a picnic perfect for your instagram pictures: mini croissants, bagels, mini quiches, coffee, juices and, of course, basket and blanket.