The ideal city to learn Italian
Milan is famous as the city of fashion&design and elegance but also of business and is also well-known for its hectic pace of life (at least by Italian standards!).
In truth, there are many other reasons to choose Milan. First of all, the Italian spoken in Milan is not too dialectal or difficult as accents go, it is generally easily understandable Italian and this certainly helps whoever wants to learn the language and practise it in loco.
Milan is rich in history and culture, with architecture which spans 2000 years, from the Roman Empire to the recently built modern skyscrapers. There are prestigious museums and art galleries such as the Pinacoteca di Brera, the Museo del Novecento, but also “unique pieces” such as Da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Music is also important in Milan, just think of the Scala Opera House, the Verdi Auditorium and the vast programme of rock concerts with big international stars, and the many piano bars that play live music.
Milan is also the city of fun. It has some of the most famous clubs and discos in Italy, where celebrities hang out; the Naviglio and more elegant Brera districts begin to fill up in the late afternoon when the bars, from the plentiful aperitifs with abundant buffets move on to the dinners in trattorias and Michelin star restaurants.
And on the subject of cuisine, Milan has a unique range of international restaurants but above all regional ones, offering connoisseurs the chance to taste and experiment the best that Italian cuisine has to offer.
Finally, but one of the most important aspects, Milan is the city with the highest number of university courses. Indeed, it has the Bocconi University, one of the leading universities in Europe for economics, the Polytechnic University, public and private universities with all the main degree courses plus various fashion and design academies, famous throughout the world.
We started with fashion&design and we come full circle to return to it, to point out the presence of the main stylists and interior designers, districts dedicated to these professions (the Golden Quad, Via Tortona, Via Savona) and special events where the city offers the best it has, like the Fashion Weeks in February and September and the design week, known as “FuoriSalone”, in April.
Finally, Milan is in an extraordinary geographic position and can be used as a base to discover the marvels of Italy: lakes and mountains can be reached in less than an hour, the sea and cities such as Verona, Florence, Turin, Venice and Rome, to give just a few examples, can all be easily reached for a day trip or for an unforgettable weekend.
In short, a city for all tastes that will meet all your needs.