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As I previously mentioned, I spent late January to early June at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) in Milan, Italy for an exchange semester. Honestly, I had the time of my life! I lived in Italy, traveled Europe, and made friends from all over the world. But why Milan?
I chose to go to Milan for a few different reasons.
First, my main reason for wanting to study in Italy was to be immersed in the Italian language. From what I read, Milan is a great city to immerse yourself because it’s a large city, but with less English speakers like a more touristy place in Italy (like Rome). Also, studying abroad in Italy is pretty cliché…many Americans study there. I think that’s amazing, because Italy has a ton to offer so many kinds of people. But to me, Milan seemed way less cliché than Florence or Rome. So, I embarked on the journey to the chic, the modern, and the grand Milano.
For lack of better wording, a lot of people hate on Milan. They think its soulless, “un-italian,” and too crowded. I politely disagree. While Milan is not Italy’s most beautiful city, it’s beautiful in its own right. It’s a city that’s more than what you can put on an itinerary as a tourist; it’s a lifestyle (hence, the title). You live through what it offers as a city more than what you can physically see. In the most colloquially American way I can say it, Milan is happening. It’s ancient and futuristic; young and old; Italian and global. It’s a city of work, fashion, design, media, finance, and education. In my opinion, it’s a city worth visiting!
That being said, here are 3 awesome things to do in Milan that are easy to overlook:
- Neighborhoods. In all honesty, Milan is easily walkable and the neighborhoods vary widely. Some to check out are Navigli (canal zone), Porta Romana, Porta Ticinese, Porta Nuova, and Sant’Ambrogio, amongst others.
- Fashion show events. If you are in Milan for Fashion Week, look online at what is open to the public. See my post about fashion in Milan here.
- Food. It’s Italy, after all! In Milan you will find food from all parts of Italy and probably all parts of the world. The best street foods to try are Luini’s Panzerotti (filled fried dough), Spontini Pizza, and StreeToast. You will find these in Piazza del Duomo. One of Milan’s famous dishes is risotto alla milanese, which is a creamy rice dish with saffron.
Have you been to Milan before? Are you looking for more suggestions? Write them in the comments!
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A presto (See you soon!),