Milan plans Ferragosto activities

For those who stay in the city.

Although the 15 August public holiday of Ferragosto usually finds the city deserted there is still plenty to do for those who have to or prefer to remain in town.

This year’s unpredictable weather, coupled with the economic crunch, means that there may be more people on the streets than usual at Ferragosto, so there are activities around town for everyone, from tiny tots to senior citizens.

In Piazza del Cannone, between the Sforza castle and the Sempione park, the fun will start already on Friday afternoon, 14 August, with games for kids, followed by live dance music for young and old until 23.00.

Seven neighbourhood senior citizens’ clubs around the city have organised lunches and dancing afternoons.

The Navigli canals will be offering boat rides on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as a street market and street-food trucks along the Alzaia Naviglio Pavese, with specialities from around the country.

On Sunday, couples celebrating their golden wedding this year have been invited by Milan’s city hall to a €10 picnic lunch on board a canal boat. Any couples who don’t find a free place on the boats will be offered a fixed-price lunch at the Mercato Metropolitano.

Revellers not in the golden wedding category can enjoy a €13 fixed-price menu at the Movida restaurant in Via Ascanio Sforza (booking required).

Saturday evening will bring the “Notes on the Water” concert at the Darsena, with music from the 1960s up to today by the Gaetano Liguori quintet, followed by a fireworks, musical and light-show at 23.40 called “Energy for Life”, following the theme of the city’s Expo Milano 2015.

The fireworks will be without loud explosions, to respect the pets living nearby or brought along for the fun.

The normal traffic restrictions in the Area C area of Cerchio dei Bastoni have been suspended until after the holiday.

See Milan city website for more details.