Italia’s official language, and therefore Milan’s, is Italian. Thanks to the similarity in certain words and expressions with Spanish, it won’t be hard for you to understand at a restaurant or for you to ask for directions. You’ll see many restaurants no longer translate to Spanish for that reason. You’ll also be able to make yourself understood if you speak English.
Milan responds to the continental weather and it’s characterized by high temperatures in the summer and cold in the winter. During the months of June, July and August, the heat is suffocating. Temperatures can reach 104ºF (40°C) and if we also add the high level of humidity, they make it pretty hard to run away from sultriness.
In the winter, during the months of December to February, it’s normal to see thermometers show temperatures below zero and not go beyond 50ºF (10°C). Plus, the difference of temperatures between day and night is usually notorious but it’s also the season with the least rain. In both the fall and spring, the temperatures are much nicer and it’s during these seasons that there’s more life on the streets.
When to go
Without a doubt, the best time to visit Milan is during the months of spring and fall. Temperatures are perfect and will allow you to comfortably go from one place to another within the city. In the spring the parks are filled with color and in the fall you can enjoy the precious change of foliage. If you plan to visit the city in the summer, try to avoid the month of August. High temperatures make the city sweltering, almost like a desert. During this time it’s better to escape the asphalt and visit the lakes.
2 days: Milan is a very small city and you don’t need much time to see everything there is to see. Still, there are many activities like shopping or visiting the parks that are better not done in a hurry. If you’re organized and know what you want to do, two days will be enough to get an idea of the city’s rhythm.