Milan

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    LINGUADUE since 1990 has been offering international students the opportunity to learn Italian in Milan, in a friendly and thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere. The school is centrally located in Milan’s...

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Learn Italian in Milan, the fashion capital of the world

Milan is not only famous as the fashion capital of the world, it’s also considered to be the financial and commercial centre of all Italy. This makes it the most international and dynamic city in the country to learn Italian. Nearly 17% of Milan’s population are foreign-born and in this cosmopolitan metropolis you’ll find many people willing to help you improve your Italian language skills. In fact, Milan is famous for so many things that you could almost say this city is famous for being famous.

Milan’s famous things to do:

Football

Top European clubs FC Internationale and AC Milan are both based in the city, so attending a football match while you’re a student in Milan is highly recommended if you can get tickets - they can take weeks or months for popular matches, so plan ahead.

The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting is on display in the refectory of the Santa Maria delle Grazie. This is another experience that needs to be planned. Tickets must be ordered in advance, your visit lasts for just 15 minutes and if you’re late you’ll miss your chance. But the chance to see this renowned fresco is worth all the trouble it takes. It’s an astonishing work of art that regularly stuns viewers with its power and beauty.

Teatro alla Scala

Known simply as ‘la Scala’ around the world. This modest looking opera house conceals an extravagant interior of red velvet seating and gold balconies. And, surprisingly, tickets to opera or ballet performances are not as expensive as people think. If you’re willing to go on a less popular day (Monday or Tuesday), and sit somewhere cheap, you’ll see a world class performance for a bargain price.

Student tips for life in Milan

Clever language students will find many ways to have fun in Milan that cost very little. Here are our top tips for student life in Milan:

  • The Duomo - this gothic cathedral took 500 years to construct. It’s a famous Milanese landmark and everybody should visit it. For a wonderful free experience, climb the steps to the roof and explore the statues - there are over 3,500 of them - then enjoy the view. On a good day you can see all the way to the Alps.
  • Enjoy a tram ride - Milan’s trams are a cheap and easy way to get around the city. But for a different kind of tram trip, book an evening ride on ‘ATMmosfera' which is an original 1920s vintage tram on which you’ll be served dinner with wine as part of your journey.
  • Find some fashion - Milan’s most famous fashion week is the one for women in September, but there is also a fashion week for men and one just for leather goods. The best time to buy is January, when the whole city turns into an enormous clothing sale, clearing out all the shops and warehouses ready for the new year’s stock.
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