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San Patrick's Day - Weekend getaway in Milan

san patrick's day milan


When: Friday, the 17th of March 2023

Is San Patrick’s Day a National Holiday? It is a public holiday in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but not in other Countries. This year, San Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, which makes it perfect to organize a weekend away to celebrate it.

Where could I go for San Patrick’s weekend? Milan, Italy’s most international city, where you will find many bars, restaurants and clubs putting on special events for the occasion.

SPECIAL PROMOTION: if you are planning a trip to Milan for San Patrick’s Day, buy a pass that grants you access to all public transports in Milan as well as other promotions and discounts to Milan top attractions. Find it here  >



Held in honor of Ireland's patron saint, St Patrick's Day is a holiday synonymous with fun, great food and joyful drinking, the perfect occasion for a weekend getaway! This year San Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, which makes it very easy to organize a few days vacation. Where to? Milan is the perfect location for your San Patrick’s trip. Very well connected with every European city in a very easy thanks to the presence of three airports, buses and trains, Milan is a vibrant city, that will welcome you with great events, beautiful museums, charming neighborhoods and, of course, excellent food & wine. 

From Friday the 17th until Sunday, the 19th of March, various events dedicated to the Celtic world are scheduled. Milan has indeed long been the Italian capital of St. Patrick's celebrations, thanks to the numerous events of music, culture, art and craftsmanship. A unique way to rediscover and relive the original Irish traditions in the Milanese city.



Milan is the perfect destination for a short vacation, especially in March, when it is neither too cold nor too hot, there is not much tourist crowd and the stay options are cheaper than in other periods. If you are organizing a weekend in Milan, we suggest you decide in advance what to visit, as the City has a great tourist, cultural and architectural offer.. not to mention the gastronomic one!

By just walking through its streets, you will be able to discover many architectural gems, to visit the Duomo Cathedral, Italy's largest church and the centerpiece of the entire city, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the oldest shopping gallery still standing, the Sforza Castle, that is the largest city castle in Europe, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, one of the best art galleries of the City, and the Teatro alla Scala in Neoclassical style.

For art and photography lovers, many are the permanent and temporary exhibitions scheduled at this time of year: from Andy Warhol to Bill Viola and El Greco.. you will be spoilt for choice. Also, if you are travelling with kids, do not forget to check out the Science Museum (Museum of Science & Technology Leonardo da Vinci), whose collection includes machines, planes, cars, and ships, as well a huge variety of models built following Leonardo da Vinci’s original designs.

SPECIAL PROMOTION: it is possible to purchase a Milan Travel Card to have free access to all public transportation, discounts in Milan best museums, top attractions and restaurants at the price of 13,50 € (for 24h), 18,50 € (for 48h) and 21€ (for 3days), click here for more information >

You can also buy some special combo tickets, that already include entrance tickets to many museum, such as:


San Patrick's day in Milan

And if you are in Milan to celebrate San Patrick’s Day, you definitely don’t want to miss out on the eating and partying scene: Milan is full of bars, restaurants and clubs that will welcome you with great events and, of course, lots of Guinness beer (to keep up the tradition). But during your visit, we recommend you also make some time to try local food. In between one beer and another, make some time to take a lunch, aperitivo or dinner in a real Milanese bar or restaurant. If you buy the Milan Travel Card, you will have access to an exclusive insider’s guide that will allow you to taste typical cuisine (but also many other Italian specialties). Buy now your Milan Travel Card and access immediately the exclusive guide >


HOW TO REACH MILAN FROM IRELAND: the easiest way to get to Milan from Ireland is by plane. Milan is indeed served by 3 airports: Malpensa (MXP, 45 Km from the city centre), Linate (LIN, 7 Km from the city centre) and Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY, 50 Km from the city centre), that make it very easy to reach and enjoy the city even for short getaways. From Dublin, Milan is only a 2,5-hours flight away, and you can usually find very good deals on airplane ticket (average price for one ticket is 60€). Once in Milan, to get from the airports to the city center, there are shuttle bus services. With MilanoCard, you will be able to book your shuttle bus tickets in advance with a great discount, thanks to the "MilanoCard + Airport Shuttle" combo ticket. SAVE TIME AND MONEY, BUY YOUR MILANOCARD + AIRPORT SHUTTLE TICKET HERE >


SPECIAL PROMOTION: during your stay in Milan, you will be able to move around easily thanks to public transports. And with MilanoCard, that is the official Milan Travel Card, you will have free access to all public transportation, discounts in Milan best museums, top attractions and restaurants at the price of 13,50 € (for 24h), 18,50 € (for 48h) and 21€ (for 3days), SAVE TIME AND MONEY, BUY NOW YOUR MILANOCARD HERE >

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