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7 Tips for Living in Milan

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Milan or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Milan or thinking about moving there.

Living in Milan as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting adventure. This vibrant city, known for its fashion, design, and rich history, offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. However, to make the most of your time in Milan, it's important to understand the local culture, customs, and lifestyle. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Milan.

1. Learn the Language

While many Italians speak English, especially in the business and tourism sectors, learning Italian can greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make daily tasks easier, but it will also help you connect with locals on a deeper level. There are many language schools in Milan, such as the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, where you can take Italian classes.

2. Understand the Public Transportation System

Milan's public transportation system is extensive and efficient, consisting of trams, buses, and the Metro. Familiarize yourself with the different lines and routes, especially those that pass through your neighborhood. The ATM Milano app can be a useful tool for planning your journeys. Remember to always validate your ticket before boarding to avoid fines.

3. Explore the Neighborhoods

Milan is made up of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. Brera, known for its bohemian atmosphere, is filled with art galleries, boutiques, and charming cafes. Navigli is famous for its canals and vibrant nightlife, while Porta Nuova is a modern district with skyscrapers and high-end shops. Spend time exploring different neighborhoods to find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

4. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Italian cuisine is more than just pizza and pasta, and Milan has its own culinary specialties. Try risotto alla Milanese, a creamy rice dish flavored with saffron, or ossobuco, a slow-cooked veal shank. For a sweet treat, don't miss panettone, a traditional Christmas cake. Some of the best restaurants in Milan include Trattoria del Nuovo Macello for traditional Milanese dishes and Pasticceria Cucchi for pastries and desserts.

5. Embrace the Aperitivo Culture

Aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink accompanied by snacks, and it's a beloved tradition in Milan. It's a great way to unwind after work and socialize with friends. Many bars and cafes in Milan offer aperitivo, usually between 6pm and 9pm. Try Bar Basso, the birthplace of the Negroni Sbagliato cocktail, or Terrazza Aperol for a view of the Duomo.

6. Visit Museums and Cultural Sites

Milan is home to numerous museums and cultural sites that showcase the city's rich history and artistic heritage. The Duomo di Milano, a stunning Gothic cathedral, is a must-visit. The Pinacoteca di Brera houses an impressive collection of Italian Renaissance art. For modern and contemporary art, head to the Museo del Novecento. Remember that many museums in Milan offer reduced or free admission on certain days or times.

7. Get Involved in the Community

Getting involved in the local community can make your life in Milan more fulfilling. There are many ways to do this, from joining a sports club to participating in local events and festivals. Volunteering can also be a rewarding experience. Research groups and organizations in Milan that align with your interests and see how you can contribute. Remember, it's not just about living in Milan, but also becoming a part of it.

In conclusion, living in Milan as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By learning the language, understanding the public transportation system, exploring the neighborhoods, enjoying the local cuisine, embracing the aperitivo culture, visiting museums and cultural sites, and getting involved in the community, you can truly immerse yourself in the Milanese lifestyle and make the most of your time in this beautiful city.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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