The 2026 Winter Olympics, known as Milano Cortina 2026 and officially referred to as the XXV Olympic Winter Games, are scheduled to be held February 6-22, 2026 in Milan, Lombardy, and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Milan Cortina marks the fourth Olympic Games hosted by Italy, the second hosted by Cortina d'Ampezzo (most recently in 1956), and the first hosted by Milan. It will be the first time the Olympic Games will be officially hosted by two cities. 

Exactly when are the Winter Olympics? The opening ceremonies are set to kick off on February 6, 2026 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as San Siro, in Milan. Visitors will not only be able to enjoy all of the Olympic festivities, but also the incredible architecture, posh restaurants, and spellbinding sites of one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. 

It is a good idea to be well prepared for any trip knowing things ahead of time that will be useful during your travels. Obtaining maps and information about the country you are visiting and familiarizing yourself with things such as their transportation system, currency, traditions, and weather conditions during your dates of travel are recommended.

The weather should be seasonally pleasant for the Milano Cortina 2026 games. February high temperatures usually reach about 40°F (4°C) in Milan, and around 26°F (-3°C) higher up in the mountains in Cortina. Naturally, visitors will want to makes sure they bring insulated coats, hats, jackets, and gloves. Dress in layers to moderate your body’s temperature, and wear boots that offer good grip on the snow and ice. 

The currency of Italy is the Euro. It is recommended to check the exchange rate just before you depart for current rate information. It is also advised to use ATM debit cards or credit cards for purchases, as this will give you a better exchange rate than traveler's checks or cash.

Italy is a member of the Schengen Agreement. As such, visitors from many countries are required to get a Schengen visa to enter the country. However, visitors from some countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates may enter Italy or any other Schengen nation visa-free for tourism or business purposes up to 90 days. 

You should also be prepared for any injuries or illnesses that could occur during your travels by purchasing a Travel medical insurance policy. Domestic health insurance usually does not provide coverage outside the home country. If benefits are offered, they are usually very limited and do not include situations like medical evacuation, leaving you unprotected if any unforeseen medical issues should arise.

Travel medical insurance can be obtained quickly and easily at very reasonable rates without the need to submit any documentation. If something were to happen during your trip, whether it be catching a cold, food poisoning, or an injury due to an accident—especially in snowy or icy conditions—you would have the peace of mind knowing you have coverage and are protected, taking the worry out of the unexpected. Some plans offer coverage for things such as lost luggage or trip interruption as well.

It is important to note that if you need a Schengen visa to visit Italy, then you will be required to purchase Schengen visa medical insurance. This insurance coverage is mandatory for all visitors entering Schengen nations on a Schengen visa. 

We also recommend that you purchase travel insurance, which primarily covers pre-paid, nonrefundable expenses. Standard benefits of travel insurance include coverage of trip interruption, emergency medical evacuation / repatriation, lost luggage, travel delays, passport replacement, emergency cash transfers, rental car coverage, ID theft assistance, and more. Be sure to check the specifics of your plan for details.

If you would like more information regarding travel medical insurance or travel insurance, you can contact us to speak with a licensed agent, who can assist you in finding a plan that fits your travel needs and budget.

Being prepared for your trip and knowing what to expect during your travels will certainly make them more enjoyable.

Happy Travels and Stay Safe out there!

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