Favouring frivolity over frugality, Milan is a city that could be described as haute-couture. It may be most famous for la moda italiana, but Italy’s second city is gaining a reputation for far more than just fashion week. Home to 200,000 students – around 14,000 of which are Erasmus – one can easily imagine that Milan is the kind of city that never quite sleeps. From sipping Campari alongside the canals in Naviglia to taking a train to the luxurious lakes of Lombardy, Milan is far from a diamond in the rough: it is a sparkling gem in Italy’s cosmopolitan crown.
This is the best modern art museum in town and the best place for views of Milan and the Lombardian mountains that surround it. With a cinema, workshops, exciting exhibitions, a bar, a restaurant and an observatory, you could spend your whole weekend in here without getting bored.
This vast park overlooks Sforza Castle and is surrounded by a great selection of bars and restaurants on the nearby strip. Some call it Milan’s take on Central Park…and the locals would say it’s far better.
There are many aperitivi spots in Milan, but Mag Café is the best one. Find it on the Navigli canals where the Milanese congregate for cocktails after work.
Le Trottoir alla Darsena
Home to ‘art, culture and entertainment’ this is our experts’ favourite bar where you can find locals and live music late into the night. As for vibes, this place is unrivalled.
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The transport company is called ATM and you can find all the travel information you need on their website or app.
Definitely get a student travel card, it costs €25 per month, but gets you unlimited travel on the metro, trams, and buses. You'll need to fill out some forms at one of the ATM offices (I did mine at the Duomo station) but it’s pretty straight forward and 100% worth it
There is also Uber in Milan, as well as the e-bikes and e-scooters! Citymapper is a great app to help you get around that gives you the quickest routes everywhere.