Undecided on what to do in Milan on a summer evening after a business meeting? Enjoy some leisure time on your trip and enjoy the city outside the usual nightlife scene!

OK – Milan doesn’t have beaches, but you can nevertheless enjoy some sparkling Milan summer fun! With apéritifs, cultural events, the nightlife and open-air cinema, the summer months are the ideal time to discover the city better, for those who already know it as a business capital, but also for those visiting Milan, even for a short time or just for a business meeting.

Let‘s add a bit of flair find to your summer in Milan this summer, and spice up your business trip!


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The best aperitifs and restaurants in Milan

If you’re on a business trip, it’s not hard to find a place for a classic apéritif in Milan: from the Duomo to the Navigli and Corso Sempione districts, the Lombard capital offers many places to eat and drink, in a more practical and quicker way than a classic restaurant.

However, if you prefer an ethnic dinner after a busy business meeting, you can choose from the man Japanese restaurants in Milan and, for one special evening, travel to the Far East


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© Izu Milano

And after dinner, what is there to do? You can choose from the many cultural alternatives that Milan can offer, as well as fashion and culture. Here are some choices for you.

Music, theatre and dance: summer at Castello Sforzesco

Among the best-known historic buildings in the heart of Milan, Castello Sforzesco is the center of events for all tastes: theater and ballet performances but also cabaret, jazz nights and orchestra nights.

Many important names will feature at the Estate Sforzesca, which from 9 June to 26 August, will host events and artists from around the world, also with free admission. Acts include the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, the Huntertones and the Milano Chamber Orchestra, whose repertoire includes classics by the likes of Puccini, Vivaldi, Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota.

You can check out the full program of the Estate Sforzesca on the City of Milan’s official website, but we still would like to preview some of the events you should not miss. On 28 July, the Milan Ballet Company will perform Romeo and Juliet, a ballet to music by Tchaikovsky, while on 8 August, the Area M Orchestra in the concert will re-enact the talent of Beatle George Harrison in “Living in a material world”. You’ll be spoiled for choice!


Riunione di lavoro a Milano in estate? Ecco cosa fare la sera - Estate Sforzesca

One night at the MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures

Are you undecided about what to do after dinner? Looking for an alternative to music and theater? Among the evening sights in Milan, we had already told you about the museums that are open late, such as the Museo del Novecento and the Gallerie d’Italia. One of these is the MUDEC, Museum of Cultures a few steps from the Navigli.

Definitely worth mentioning among the experiences to be enjoyed in the museum is the multi-sensory path dedicated to Amedeo Modigliani, who was greatly influenced by African art and was already represented at MUDEC. The exhibition is open from 20 June to 4 November. And, speaking of the senses, how could we not mention Mudec Bistrot, the restaurant of 2-Michelin-starred chef Enrico Bartolini.

The jewel of the MUDEC, however, is the Permanent Collection, which will amaze you with its eclectic appeal. Through the medium of art, a collection of works dedicated to the theme of the encounter between European and “exotic” cultures chronicles the relationship between Europeans and the rest of the world.

The MUDEC is open from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm from Monday to Wednesday, while from Thursday to Friday, the opening hours are from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm. On Saturdays, the facility is open from 9.30 am – 10.30 pm. Here you can find information about opening hours, special openings, and individual exhibitions.


Riunione di lavoro a Milano in estate? Ecco cosa fare la sera - MUDEC

© MUDEC, Photo Carlotta Coppo

Lights out… under the stars: open-air cinema in Milan

Do you like movies, but in the summer you’d rather not spend an evening indoors after you’ve already spent the day having meetings in the office?  No worries: Milan is full of outdoor cinemas!

Among the best-known are Cinema Bianchini and Arianteo, Milan’s open-air cinema at Palazzo Reale, CityLife, Umanitaria and Chiostro dell’Incoronata from June until 12 September, which complements its rich programming with a series of musical-cultural events.

The Bianchini Cinema welcomes all big screen enthusiasts in the suggestive setting of the roofs of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The films screened cover the last 60 years of film history, From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to The Great Beauty, The Departed, and Roman Holiday: a film within a film!


To Milan with Italo

There are over 60 trains to Milan every day. Turin, Florence, Bologna, Rome, Naples, Verona (and more): you choose from where to start!