The spring is on the threshold but the weather is still unstable. From mid-April the city will give you beautiful days, with mild and pleasant temperatures. In April, the weather in Milan makes a drastic turn from March’s cold and rainy days to bright and mostly sunny days. There’s an old saying ‘D’aprile non ti scoprire‘ as a kind of warning referring to April’s changeability when a sudden turn from long to short sleeves, can be very inappropriate.
The average daily temperature in Milan in this month is 12.5°C, which is slightly warmer than March, while temperature can reach a pleasant 20°C. But it’s not surprising to see reaching the highs up to 25°C which makes Milan rather warm. At night, temperatures can drop to an average minimum temperature of 8°C, so visitor will need to pack some piece of heavier dress to wear.
In this month possibility of rain is rather high so be prepared for some damp and rainy days. Milan generally has an average rainfall of nearly 90mm and it rains over 14 days throughout this month. The percentage of rain in Milan goes up to 42%.
Although you may expect a few rainy and cloudy days in Milan in April, you can always meet few sunny days. According the long-term forecasts in the past, Milan offers an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day. You can count on a 19% chance of a sunny day.
What to Pack
The most important factors in planning what to pack and what you should or shouldn’t wear in Milan are the activities you’re planning to do on your trip and the weather. Always check the weather forecast before you start your trip. Nothing will ruin your trip faster than being unprepared with the wrong clothing for the weather.
As it is obvious that Milan in April conceals some uncertainty when talking about the weather, it’s good to pack some different clothing layering. Of course, you don’t need a heavy coat but the most important thing to keep in mind is to wear what makes you most comfortable.
Visiting Milan, there is so much to see and your day will start early in the morning after you leave your hotel until late in the evening. Though the temperatures are still fresh in the morning, leather leggings, dark denim or heavy material trousers are not appropriate, if you’ve brought them, leave them aside.
Opt for more bright colors. You are coming in spring. In its honor bring a pair of bright trousers into your suitcase.
The perfect spring outfit in Milan is a light jacket, bright pants, pair of jeans. For man, a light jacket, white or beige pants, or even jeans, will do. And don’t bring a suit, you aren’t going to work.Milan is a walking friendly city but with shoes you can actually walk comfortably. Opt for shoes like flat boots, stylish sneakers and very popular ballet flats and for men, leather shoes, will do whether you go to lunch or in a museum.
Milan in April in in full swing of spring celebration. In this month Milan and Italy celebrate Easter, or Pasqua in Italian, an important festive holiday. In 2019 Easter falls on Sunday April 21st while on April 22nd Easter Monday, also known as La Pasquetta in Italian, is part of the Easter holiday.The spring has come, it’s time to wake up from winter lethargy and spend days outdoors. April in Milan is a good time to be there if you want to beat the high-season crowds, although the city be rather busy in Eastern time.
Calendar of events in Milan in April is rather rich and it will offer a plenty of festival, important trade shows and street manifestations. Some of them are traditional ones, taking place every year in April.
Let’s see some of most significant, worth visiting:
Flowers & Flavors Festival
One of the weekend breaks you shouldn’t miss is the first weekend of April in 2019 when beautiful flowers transform Milan’s historical Naviglio Grande into a carnival of fragrances and colors during traditional festival of Fiori e Sapori (Flowers and Flavors).
It happens just once a year, when the shores of the Naviglio (Canal) turn into a colorful, perfumed and wildly popular flower market, in a unique blossoming framework.
The event is organized by the Association of Naviglio Grande, which since 1982 has set itself the goal of enhancing one of the most characteristic and appreciated places in Milan.
Fiera di Sinigaglia (Fair of Sinigaglio) has always been an establishment in Milan. Unique flea market returning each months on every last Saturday. In 2019 it will take place in April 27th. Like always the entrance is free.
This fair always takes place on Saturday in Ticino district, on the both sides of Naviglio Grande canal. It gathers a large and varied spectators, from the collectors of rare antique looking for exotic objects to decorate the house; parents looking for special gifts for their children to all those that simply look for a bargain.
The Fiera de Sant’Angelo is a traditional Easter flowers market that takes place on Easter Monday since 1200.The hundreds of stalls cover a large part of the district of Brera. Except the flowers you can find clothing, books, paintings, and gastronomic specialties.
The market takes place from 9.00 to 19.00 in via della Moscova and in the streets around the Church of Sant’Angelo.
What to Do
In March, you can do all the touristy things to do in Milan, but there are some unique events like the Botanical Treasure Hunt and International Furniture Expo.
International Furniture Exhibition
The Milan Furniture Fair (Italian: Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano) is a furniture fair held annually in Milan. It is the largest trade fair of its kind in the world. In 2019 it will be the 58th edition of this prestigious fair.
The exhibition showcases the latest in furniture and design from countries around the world. It is considered a leading venue for the display of new products by designers of furniture, lighting and other home furnishings. Here is how The New York Times describes this world furniture fair in ‘Milan’s Furniture Whirlwind‘ article.
Botanical Treasure Hunt
In the same area of Brera, inside the Pinacoteca di Brera (Art Gallery), in the same name garden, the Botanical Treasure Hunt has been organized by Grandi Giardini (Great Gardens) Italian network. More inormation, you can get visiting – Brera Botanical Garden of the University of Milan at Strada Privata F.lli Gabba, 10 street, Brera.
This educational events, taking place each year on Easter Monday, has been conceived to bring children closer to the garden and nature, making them discover and recognize in a playful way – leaf by leaf – the trees and the plants present in the parks. If you travel with kids, it can be a good idea if you happen to be in Milan in April.
If you are planning to visit Milan in April, taking a half or full day excursion in the neighborhood of Milan will enhance your stay in this city. I have carefully chosen three short trips that incorporate beauties of Northern Italy lakes and the Alps: