AIESEC Milano Reception Booklet
If you are reading this reception booklet it means that as an exchange participants you will take part in one of the projects organized by AIESEC Milano! Congratulations for being matched through the AIESEC's Global Community Development Program!
A HUGE WELCOME FROM:
WE ARE: Elisa Gabellieri (Local Committee President) Ivana Istochka (VP Incoming Exchange Global Community Development Program) Mariavittoria Pesce (VP Outgoing Exchange) Susy Jian (VP Talent Management) Marianna Donato (VP Finance) Virginia Tamburini (VP Marketing)
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Our wishes for you ..................................................................page 4 Useful contacts .........................................................................page 5 Reception process ....................................................................page 5 A little bit about ITALY ..............................................................page 6‐7 MILAN ......................……………..………………………………………..…….page 7‐8 What you can visit .....................................................................page 9‐10 Night Life ...................................................................................page 10‐11 How to move in Milan................................................................page 12‐14 How to get a mobile phone/ SIM card.......................................page 14 Emergency contacts...................................................................page 15 Some Italian Phrases..................................................................page 15
OUR WISHES FOR YOU: Live this experience to the fullest and take the best you can out of it!
We are looking forward to meeting you! AIESEC MILANO IS WAITING FOR YOU!! We hope you will enjoy this amazing city but also this amazing country ! Live to the fullest and WELCOME TO ITALY!!
The hugest satisfaction of working in AIESEC is seeing the people coming to you and leaving with happy faces. We will do our best to ensure you enjoy your stay here and take something valuable out of it!
Each experience could be amazing, it depends from which side you live it, and from what type of expectations you have. Something made you take the decision to come here, so Welcome in Milan, where we hope you will just LIVE and enjoy this brief but impact full chapter of your life.
USEFUL CONTACTS: 1. AIESEC Milano Office Università Cattolica Largo Gemelli 1 ‐ Edificio Antonianum ‐ 2° Piano ‐ 20123 Milano number: +39 0272342780 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Ivana Istochka (VP ICX GCDP) number: +39 3493043072 email: email@example.com 3. Elisa Gabellieri (LCP) number: +39 3475813108 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RECEPTION PROCESS: In AIESEC Milano we use the buddy system to ensure helping, tracking and involving every Exchange Participant so that we can give you the space to live an incredible experience. Each of you is assigned with a buddy prior to his arrival who will be here for you before the arrival to the end of the internship to help and direct you for anything you may need.
The first day of the starting of the project you will participate in the Reception seminar where you will be introduced to the timeline of your work, procedures, events that will take place and short explanation of the city and most importantly the Milano The people!
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ITALY: Italy is an unitary parliamentary republic in South – Central Europe. To the north, it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia along Alps. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Sardinia – the 2 largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea – and many other islands. The territory is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Anyway, the PO valley geographical region is mostly continental, with harsh winters and hot summers. Rome, the capital of Italy, has for centuries been a political and religious centre of Western civilisation as the capital of the Roman Empire and site of the Holy See. After the decline of the Roman Empire, Italy endured numerous invasions by foreign peoples, from Germanic tribes such as the Lombards (from whom Milan Region takes its name) and Ostrogoths, to the Byzantines and later, the Normans, among others. Centuries later, Italy became the birthplace of Maritime republics and the Renaissance. Through much of its post‐ Roman history, Italy was fragmented into numerous cities and regional states, but was unified in 1861.
Fun facts about Italy: • The name "Italy" comes from Greek "italos", which means calf. It was originally given to the region of Calabria by Greek settlers in the 8th century BCE, and was extended to the whole peninsula under Roman emperor Augustus. • With almost 40 million visitors, Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world. • Italy is home to two microstates, San Marino and Vatican City. • The ice cream cone is an Italian invention. • The average Italian consumes 26 gallons of wine a year. • The area around Venice is one of the wealthiest region in Europe. • Italy has three active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli. • Italy has the highest number of cultural sites recognized by UNESCO world Heritage • The Italians invented the viol, violin, cello and piano, and were the greatest representative of Baroque music (Vivaldi, Corelli, Monteverdi, Albinoni...).
Milan, the capital of Lombardy, has a population of 1.3 million people. It’s the biggest industrial city of Italy with many different industrial sectors. It is a magnetic point for designers, artists, photographer and models. Milan has an ancient city centre with high and interesting buildings and palazzos, which is why many people from all over the world want to see the city of glamour.
Milan’s origin goes back to 400 B.C., when Gauls settled and defeated the Etruscans. In 22 B.C. the city was conquered by Romans and was annexed to the Roman Empire. After 313 A.D., the year of the Edict of Tolerance Christianity, towards many churches were built and the first bishop was appointed: Ambrogio was such an influential person that the church became the Ambrosian Curch (7 December is a holiday to honour Sant’Ambrogio). In 1300 the Visconti family which are noblemen from Bergamo, Cremona, Piacenza, Brescia and Parma ruled and brought a period of glory and wealth to the city. The Duomo was built in 1386 and became the symbol of Milan.
The Sforza family assumed the Castle and the power of the Visconti family and finally Milan achieved peace after many years of wars. Under the Sforza duchy the city began the development of sciences, art and literature. Milan is the centre of many financial businesses, and its so so called “hinterland” is an avant‐ garde industrial area. Fiera Milano, the city’s Exhibition Center and Trade Fair complex is one of the most important in the world. The new fairground, in the north – western suburb of Pero and Rho is the Europe’s largest trade fair complex in the world.
WHAT YOU CAN VISIT 1. Milan's Duomo is located in the square next to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and is surmounted by the famous Madonnina, which is the symbol of the city of Milan since the early nineteenth century. The Cathedral, with its imposing facade in neo‐Gothic style, is the ideal place to start a tour of the city of Milan and attracts thousands of visitors every day.
2. The Castello Sforzesco was born in 300 at the behest of the Visconti, and over the following centuries it was used only as a residence, in particular as a military fortress. The first fortress was built by Galeazzo II Visconti for defensive purposes in 1368, after about a century Francesco Sforza extended it, but it was with Ludovico il Moro (Duke 1494 to 1499) and the castle was transformed into a magnificent castle. Unfortunately, the bombings and hit the facade that can be seen from Via Dante is the work of this century.
3. The Pinacoteca di Brera is located in the Palace situated right in the heart of Milan and was commissioned by Napoleon, who wanted to create in the north of a structure that could in any way could be a "kind" of Louvre in Italic land.
painters (especially) and foreigners who goes from '400 to '700, and that is a real cultural heritage of the city and Italy. 4. The Navigli district is one of the most vibrant in the city boasting restaurants, wine‐bars, and live music but also painters’ studios and a slew of interesting shops. You can start your exploration from Porta Ticinese, a highly original “quartier” alternating “banister houses” and artisan workshops with trendy addresses. Beyond piazza Ventiquattro Maggio, the Naviglio Grande, the oldest navigable canal in the world, begins its outward journey to the countryside. The approximately 10 kilometres that separate the Darsena from the town of Gaggiano offer stately palazzi, small towns such as Abbiategrasso (a charming “slow city”), wrought iron bridges, fishing boats, and churches from a number of different periods. Their orange, yellow, and red facades are reflected in the water. But there are other wonderful places to see. In this web site you can find very a huge number of information! So, exploit it!! http://www.milanotour.eu/
NIGHT LIFE: There are a lot of great places for going out here in Milano, it depends on the kind of party you want to go. Here by we suggest few alternatives for you.
You must go and try the Italian APERITIVO which you can find in every café and bar. You pay for your cocktail and there is a variety of food that you can choose from which goes free with your cocktail.
This is a part of the clubs you can visit:
1. If you want to visit an elite club in Milano, then you should go to “Just Cavalli Hollywood”. The price of entrance varies it goes form 14‐30€ (one free drink included ) 2. Another Great club is Old Fashion, it is located just next to Cavalli. Every Friday the have international parties and usually cheaper called MOST WANTED. Price of entrance max: 20 euro (depends on the day, and the type of party but most of the time is 10€ + 1 Drink) 3. The Club is located in zone Moscova exactly next to the metro station. Address is Corso Garibaldi, 97. http://www.theclubmilano.it/ 4. The Plastic is one of the most unconventional and entertaining discos in Milan. It is up to you to decide and party here, as long as you are not intimidated and startled by the eccentric personalities that are sometimes found at the entrance and who perform the so‐called "Entry selection". The address is viale Umbria, 120 5. Hollywood is also one of well know clubs in the amazing Corso Como area. Corso Como is famous for its nightlife aperitivos, bars and clubs. http://www.discotecahollywood.it/home/
Usually prices of entrances in Milan vary from 10‐25 euros + 1 free drink, depending on the time you arrive at the club with the idea that the earlier you arrive at the entrance, the less you pay. Also it is better and cheaper if you say the name of some list: e.g. International Students, Erasmus Students, etc.
HOW TO MOVE IN MILAN!
The ATM company (Azienda Trasporti Milanese, translated as the Milanese Transportation Company) manages the system of public transportation in the city and in 85 other cities in the Province of Milan. The system includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and subway lines, for a total of 121 transportation lines and with a development of around 1,400 km in the network. All public transportation can be used with the same ticket, which can be purchased at newsstands, bars, tobacco shops and in automatic tickets should be stamped onboard and can be reused in any direction until they expire.
On the subway and on all city railway lines tickets should be stamped at the turnstiles and they allow passengers to take only one trip, but lines can be changed at connection stations. Urban Ticket Price: € 1.50 Valid for 90 minutes after stamping, gives you unrestricted travels for all the Milan Municipality area. The ticket is valid for a single journey on the underground or rail network, including the urban rail lines of Trenord and the 'Passante Ferroviario' (Urban Railway Network). One Day Ticket Price: € 4.50 Valid for 24 hours after stamping, gives you unrestricted travels for all the Milan Municipality area. The ticket is valid even on the rail network, including the urban rail lines of Trenord and the 'Passante Ferroviario' (Urban Railway Network). Two Day Ticket Price: € 8.25 Valid for 48 hours after stamping, gives you unrestricted travels for all the Milan Municipality area. The ticket is valid even on the rail network, including the urban rail lines of Trenord and the 'Passante Ferroviario' (Urban Railway Network). If you are going to use public transport every day, the ATM transportation card, RicaricaMi, is probably the best solution for you. This electronic, rechargeable pass allows you to travel throughout the Milan urban area by ATM subway, buses and trams, urban rail lines of the Trenord and the "Passante ferroviario" (Urban Railway Network). ATM offers different kinds of cards in order to meet all travelers' needs, including a monthly, unlimited pass. It costs 10euros for the making of the card and 17euros each month. For further information: Check the ATM website to find out which pass works best for you. http://www.atm‐ mi.it/en/Pages/default.aspx
Check the ATM Giromilano application, which enables you to find the best way to go from one part of the city to another with public transport http://www.atm‐mi.it BIKE SHARING This service, created by ATM in collaboration with the City of Milan, offers an alternative possibility for getting around the city with a fast, light means of transportation, which is very flexible and quick. BikeMi is a true system of public transportation, which allows members to take one of 1,500 bikes available at the various stations, get to their destination and return the bike at the closest deposit. There are many stations all over the city. The first 30 minutes of use is free, while every 30 minutes after the first half‐hour (up to a maximum of two hours) is 0.50€. You need to be a member to use the service, and daily passes (2.50€), weekly passes (6.00€) or year‐long memberships (36.00€) are available. For information and memberships, please visit the BikeMi site: http://www.bikemi.com/
HOW TO GET A MOBILE PHONE / SIM CARD
Several phone companies operate in Italy. You can go to any mobile phone store and ask to see their cell phone/mobile plans. Since you are staying for less than one year we suggest that you buy a SIM card that has a pay‐as‐you‐go/top up plan using rechargeable cards (carta ricaricabile). You can purchase rechargeable cards from any Tobacconist's. We recommend WIND and TIM as they have the cheapest plans with free calls, texts and 3G internet! *Don’t forget to bring your passport with you!
EMERGENCY CONTACTS: Ambulance: 118 Police: 113 Carabinieri: 112 Fire Department: 115 City Police (Polizia Municipale): 02 77 271 Central Police Station (Milan): 02 62 261
SOME COMMON ITALIAN PHRASES Hello! Ciao! Bye! Ciao! Goodbye Arrivederci Good morning Buongiorno Good evening Buonasera Thank you Grazie You're welcome Prego Please Per favore What's your name? Come ti chiami? My name is __ Mi chiamo __ Nice to meet you! Piacere di conoscerti! How old are you? Quanti anni hai? I am __ years old Ho __ anni How are you? Come stai? I'm fine thanks! Sto bene grazie! Excuse me! Mi scusi! Do you speak English? Parla inglese? What time it is? Che ore sono? Can you give me directions to * please? Mi può indicare la strada per * per favore? Where is the nearest * ? Dov'è * più vicino/a?
* train station = la stazione * metro station = la stazione della metropolitana * hospital = l'ospedale * police station = la stazione della polizia * restaurant = il ristorante * hotel = l'albergo * museum = il museo How much is it? Quanto costa? One coffee/tea/bottle of water, please Un caffè/tè/bottiglia d'acqua, per favore Could you bring me an English menu, please? Mi porta portarmi un menu in inglese, per favore? Could I have the check, please? Mi porta il conto, per favore?
AIESEC MILANO IS WAITING FOR YOU!