By tradition, on Easter Sunday and Monday (this year on 21st April and 22nd April), people have a chance to enjoy a less frenetic side of the city.
Milan, as all the Italian cities, stops on these days, that is why you should always check variations on opening times and dates before you visit your target place.
If your favourite shops are closed for the holidays, Milan offers innumerable alternatives for entertainment that include: open museums, loads of exhibitions, parks for a walk amidst green surroundings or “out-of-town” excursions. And why not, this is also a great time to savour themed menus at some of the city’s top restaurants but also at its numerous “trattorie” offering traditional cuisine – you should know that a giga-lunch is the main way for Italians to celebrate Easter.
Check our suggestions for Easter 2019:
1. Live like a local: organize a picnic in town
Even in Milan, Easter Weekend in Italy is synonymous with picnic in the city! Milan, like Italy in general, features a long tradition of open-air activities in the city parks during the Easter period loved by locals and visitors alike. And Milan is the city with the greatest number of high-quality takeaway restaurants in Italy, check our list here
2. Enjoy the Easter concert at laVerdi
On 16 and 19 April 2019, at 8pm
As a well-established tradition now, the Auditorium of Milan pays tribute to the Easter festivities with a concert by Ensemble laBarocca, Milan’s Symphonic Choir Giuseppe Verdi and the Choir of the Treble Voices laVerdi based on Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion BWV 244 (Matthäus-Passion BWV 244). Composed in 1727, the piece is considered one of the most relevant examples of Bach’s sacred works, now interpreted by laVerdi under the conduction of Ruben Jais with the choir direction by Erina Gambarini.
>> Tickets are available online at www.laverdi.org
3. Take an out of town tour
Thanks to its efficient connection system and its favourable geographic position, Milan serves as the gateway the rest of the country.
Are you travelling with kids? One of the most loved theme parks in Italy – Gardaland (150Km from Milan) – entertains kids and adults alike with a handful of fun activities.
4. Indulge in a gourmet Easter Lunch
In Italy, it is impossible not to celebrate Easter with a special lunch savouring some of the most traditional recipes. Those who wish to enjoy a gourmet lunch (or dinner) with his/her family or even friends can opt for a special 4-course-menu at Armani/Bamboo Bar. The culinary offer conjures up tradition with contemporary flavours and includes “asparagus with Tonda Gentile hazelnut, Polifemo extra virgin olive oil”, “risotto with riserva San Massimo rice, morels, Parmigiano Reggiano, free-range chicken jus”, “Stir-fried lamb in cast iron cocotte, spring vegetables, broad beans and snow peas” and Easter eggs with chocolate surprise. This special menu is available on Easter day only (Sunday 21 April).
Starting from 75 euro per person, beverage excluded.
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5. Shop for local delicacies
When in Italy, one cannot mention Easter without associating it with special delicacies, especially the sweetest treats. The Milanese brand Noberasco 1908 celebrates Easter 2019 with a special 820-gram-pack featuring a selection of Sicilian delicacies (see photo) that include pistachio, almonds and mixed citrus fruit, both dried and covered by chocolate. Those with a sweet tooth can also enjoy the special “Colomba” by pastry chef Patrizio Galla, available in two versions, the first with candied citrus, lemon and cedar and the latter with chocolate, pear and pecan nuts.
>> All these creations are available at Noberasco 1908, in via Spadari. Check the website www.noberasco.it
For Easter 2019 Peck provides its personal interpretation of the Easter egg by introducing the ‘Cubo di Peck’, a 1-kg-cube made of the finest Tulakalum 75% chocolate from Belize. The luxury sweet treat, which comes in a limited edition of only 100 pieces, also serves a treasure trove. Indeed, by breaking its surface with a small hammer, provided inside the packaging, the luckiest ones can find one of the 5 ‘Golden Tickets’ allowing the winner to take part in a chocolate masterclass for two at peck, held by pastry chef Galileo Reposo.
>> The cube is available at Peck, in via Spadari 9. Check the website www.peck.it
6. Relax at a SPA
The Armani/SPA inside the 5-star Armani Hotel Milano pays tribute to Easter by pampering its guests with the special 3-hour “Easter time” beauty package. While nestled in the elegant 1,000 sq.m SPA with a panoramic view over the city, guests can enjoy an exclusive beauty ritual featuring a chocolate-based treatment, a delicate scrub with hazelnut shells and a massage with cocoas and Negritella oil.
The “Easter time” ritual is available from 15 to 25 April. Starting from 310 euro.
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