What to Do in Milan on a Rainy Day

What to Do in Milan on a Rainy Day

Milan on a rainy day? Do not despair, the capital city of Lombardy offers plenty of indoor activities to make the most of your stay even when the weather is bad. Besides, Milan shows a new face and a slower pace in the rain, a charm if possible even more sophisticated: enjoy it with the advice of Hotel Galles.

Hotel Galles, Your Oasis of Calm in Milan

Is there anything more soothing than enjoying an afternoon of relaxation when it rains? The Wellness and SPA area of Hotel Galles is waiting to welcome you in a warm embrace.

Our wellness centre in the heart of Milan offers an indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, gym and SPA area with sauna and Turkish bath. The beauty centre of Hotel Galles is the ideal place to carve out a moment of quiet perfection with professional massages and treatments.

Visiting museums and galleries in Milan

With the rain, museums and art galleries become the perfect spot to take refuge and discover the cultural heritage of Milan. The Pinacoteca di Brera, the Museo del Novecento, the MUDEC and the Palazzo Reale are just a small fraction of what the city has to offer. Its rich calendar of exhibitions makes Milan one of the most popular art destinations in Europe.

Do not miss the exhibition spaces of the Fondazione Prada, Armani Silos and HangarBicocca, where the passion for fashion and design is brought together with the latest trends in contemporary art.

Watching the stars at the Planetarium of Milan

Replace the grey sky with a starry vault at the Civic Planetarium “Ulrico Hoepli” in the Indro Montanelli Gardens, near Hotel Galles. Since 1930, the large dome of the Planetarium has always enchanted adults and children, leaving them watching breathlessly the movements of the stars.

Today the Planetarium is managed by the LOfficina Association, which organizes guided tours and exciting shows.

Shopping at La Rinascente

If you are looking for a way to cheer you up on a rainy day in Milan, La Rinascente is the place for you. With its glittering shop windows and thousands of items of clothing, accessories, beauty and home design, this Milanese shopping temple has been attracting visitors since 1889.

Even in bad weather, fashion victims will not give up a walk in the city centre to discover the best shops in Milan. Between Corso Buenos Aires, Via Torino, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Quadrilatero della Moda, the choice is wide enough for a few months of uninterrupted rain.

Watching cult movies in Milan

Avant-garde cinema lovers will welcome a rainy day in Milan. In the warm darkness of a movie theatre, their eyes fixed on an art film move quickly to follow the subtitles.

Do not miss Anteo Palazzo del Cinema with its interesting retrospectives, the Cinemino di Porta Romana (also pet-friendly) and the MIC – Museo Interattiva del Cinema.

Escaping to a cosy café

We can conclude our rainy afternoon in Milan with a pastry and hot chocolate in one of the finest cafes in town.

Some examples? The very refined Cova, one of the oldest pastry shops in Milan, a treasure chest of sweetness since 1817. Or the historic Zaini chocolate shop, for a gourmet break at any time of the day. More modern but no less inviting is the Farage chocolate shop in the Brera area, where pralines become edible art.


When it rains, Milan can be very sweet: savour every moment and turn a grey day into a cascade of delights with the advice of Hotel Galles.