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Milan

Youth Moving Youth Moving international guide to Milan is designed for Movers, i.e. all the people who are planning on spending months - maybe even years - living in the city. If you are only coming here for a couple of days to sightsee or hanging out at the main tourist spots then a traditional guidebook might be better suited to your needs. Here we want to provide you with information about living Milan, not just visiting it. So here you won’t find anything about the Duomo, the Sforzesco Castle, or da Vinci’s Last Supper. Living in Milan, you’ll get to know about them very quickly anyhow (if you haven’t already). But if you’re a Mover, and not a tourist, here you will find information designed to help you through the wonderful process of fitting into your new city. Maybe you’ve just arrived and you feel lost in an unknown place, don’t worry: you’ll soon have a place to stay and lots of friends, and even if you already have a flat and some mates, there

are still many more things you will want to know about living in Milan. In the next few pages you’ll find out about some of the most important issues for a Mover. There are things like how to find accommodation, open a bank account, move around the city, the best nightlife spots, universities, events, where you can spend your free time, go out for an aperitivo, study Italian or just chill out. Also, you’ll find the most common expressions and habits of the locals, what they always talk about at the bars and their favorite places.You will soon find out that Milan is much more than the Duomo and La Scala and hopefully, very soon, you will feel a little bit Milanese yourself. We hope you’ll find our international guide to Milan useful! Live the world. Be a Mover! The Youth Moving Team

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Contents About the City Things to do in Milan User Experiences Youth Moving Card Transport Practical Info Universities Academies Zones Accommodation Aperitivo Restaurants Cafes Pubs Clubs and Discos Art and Culture Map Milan Slang About Us

Editors: Alessandro Epis Alessandro@youthmoving.com Dario Ciniselli Dario@youthmoving.com Advertising sales manager: Giorgio Grande Giorgio@youthmoving.com Art director: Marta Grasso Contributing photographer: Manfredi Cirlinci Manfredi.cirlinci@gmail.com Translations: Alessandra Haggarty Riccardo Lenoci Freya Flockhart Cover design: Mirko Gagliardi

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About the City

About the City

People from other parts of Italy often think of Milan as a foggy city populated by businessmen and snobs. People from other parts of the world probably have heard of it because of its known fashion, design, opera, football and international fairs, but Milan is much more than this. Nobody who hasn’t lived here for a while can fully understand its charm.

only to be given away again to the Austrian Empire during the Congress of Vienna of 1815. In 1859, the city was eventually annexed to the new Kingdom of Italy leading its industrialization process. During World War II Milan was terribly affected by Allied bombings and after German occupation in 1943, it became the main center of the Italian resistance movement. In the post-war years Milan enjoyed a prolonged economic boom attracting large flows of immigrants from Southern Italy. During the last decades the city has become more and more international, turning into a sort of gateway to Italy for people from all around the world.

ITS HISTORY BREIFLY Milan was founded around 590 BC by the Insubres, Celtic people, and was captured by the Romans in 222 BC. It was the capital of Western Roman Empire from 286 till 402 AD. Here in 313, Constantine with the Edict of Milan, guaranteed freedom of religion for Christians. Milan became a prosperous center of trade during the High Middle Ages and played a major role in the Lombard League. Later, Milan became the capital of the Duchy of Milan, which was ruled by the Visconti, the Sforza, the Spanish and the Austrians. In 1796 it was conquered by Napoleon’s French troops,

THE CITY Milan is a modern and lively metropolis. It may not have the same magnificence as some of the most historical cities in Italy or the rest of the world where you can literally walk down any street and be surrounded by monuments and cathedrals or 6


About the City cultural buildings but it still has a lot to offer. People here say that the beauty in Milan is hidden and it requires some effort to be found. In the following pages you will find some useful tips about the best zones and places, but the best way to explore the city is probably on your own or maybe with the help of some locals. THE LIFE Milan is a thriving cosmopolitan city, where you get the feel of a bustling, busy, fashionable business capital. This is the place in Italy where the latest trends and innovations are created, where the heart of Italy’s business is, and where the future is more important than the past. The relentless lifestyle here is unique in Italy, combining hard work and good fun, which allows for even the busiest businessman to enjoy the endless possibilities Milan has to offer in the areas of culture, shopping, football, opera, and nightlife. Š Roland Nagy/123rf

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DERBY DELLA MADONNINA:

orange along the sides of the field. The second green ring (Curva Nord) is home to the Inter hooligans, while opposite stands the second blue ring (Curva Sud), where the Milan fans sit: you really wouldn’t want to go in one of these sectors wearing a scarf of the opposite team! The rest of the stadium is usually mixed, with more supporters of the team that is playing the match at home.

The two football teams from Milan are FC Internazionale and AC Milan – for short called Inter and Milan – which face each other at the San Siro Stadium at least twice a year. For days, or even weeks before kick-off you can hear the locals talking about the derby anywhere and at any time: in the morning while having breakfast at the bar, at work, at lunch, on the bus, at night at the pub, and even after the match is over there will also be days, or even weeks of tactical analysis and mocking of the losing team. The Derby is indeed one of the most important events for the people of Milan and, if you have the chance, don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch it live at the stadium and experience the passion coming from eighty thousand fans supporting their teams with songs, chants and huge choreographies covering whole sectors of the stadium.You might want to know that the seats at the San Siro are divided into four different colours: green or blue behind the goals and red or

SALONE DEL MOBILE

Every April in Milan there is a famous one-week international fair where interior designers from all around the world come here and you can enjoy art and design exhibitions all around the city. It is a unique chance to see some of the world’s finest international design creations. Though a lot of people couldn’t care less about it they still come to Milan because of all the parties taking place throughout the week for the so-called “Fuorisalone”. Here you will find hundreds of events, open bars, chic happy hours, exclusive DJs and so on. 9

Things to do in Milan

Things to do in Milan


Things to do in Milan FASHION WEEK

NOTTE BIANCA

Things to do in Milan

Fashion week in Milan comes around twice a year: in SeptemberOctober (autumn/winter collection), and in February-March (spring/summer collection). During these weeks lots of famous stylists and top models literally invade the city in order to attend fashion shows, fairs and events. If you’re a fashion student or you work in the fashion industry then you don’t want to miss this because it’s the chance to experience one of the most important fashion events worldwide. Maybe you’re a shopping addict and you can fill your wardrobe with all the latest fashion trends doing some shopping at the Fashion Capital of Europe, or then again, maybe you’re just a Mover and all you want to do is go crazy and party hard with beautiful models in the coolest clubs in town.

A couple of times a year in Milan, like in many other European capitals, the government center organizes a night with concerts and events around town where shops and museums stay open until late. Depending on the night, you may have the chance to go to a swimming pool late at night, enjoy a fashion show in the city centre, visit museums or galleries or even kick a penalty at the San Siro. It could be a different way to enjoy one of your long Milanese nights!

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Things to do in Milan OPERA ALLA SCALA

FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) is a nonprofit foundation that aims to promote a culture of respect for Italy’s art, nature, history and traditions. In order to protect the roots and identity of the italian people, the FAI has restored many monuments and cultural heritage sites. It also organises some very interesting events where they open castles, villas, libraries and other historical sites which are usually closed to the public in order to raise awareness. They also sponsor days where there are free entrances to museums and galleries. Check out their website for more information.

The Teatro alla Scala, known for short as La Scala, is one of the most famous theatres in the whole world and because of its prestige and perfect acoustics it is often referred to as the Opera Temple. Its season traditionally opens on the 7th of December, the feast of Milan’s patron. It offers opera, ballet and classical music. Although it’s premieres are social events for only the luckiest and wealthiest people, there are still many events for everyone throughout the season. It is also possible to buy an “under30 Pass”, which grants discounts, guided tours, and more.

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FAI DAYS


Things to do in Milan SANT’AMBROGIO

Things to do in Milan

This fair is said to have been established in 1510 and is held on the grounds of the Castello Sforzesco. Here you can find hundreds of colourful booths selling traditional souvenirs, sweets and glasses of a typical hot wine that contains fruit, handcrafted Christmas decorations, nativity scenes, bric-a-brac, antiques, toys and much more.

Sant’Ambrogio is the patron Saint of Milan and celebrations devoted to him take place on the 7th of December, the day before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This two-day holiday gives every Milanese the chance to enjoy a little break just before Christmas with all businesses, most shops and restaurants closing for the holiday. These are often the first snowy days of the year and what most people consider to be the beginning of the winter holidays: ski resorts open for the season and those who can afford it usually take the opportunity to get away from the city for a few days and enjoy a bit of quiet and some long awaited skiing. If you can’t or don’t want to take advantage of the extended holiday you can always stay in town and live one of the most important and traditional Milanese experiences: the “Fiera degli Oh Bej! Oh Bej!” (which in Milanese dialect means “Oh such a beautiful thing!”) starts on December 7th and continues until the following Sunday.

YOUTH MOVING EVENTS Youth Moving is a brand new reality and you could be one of the first to join our exclusive parties. Maybe one day you will tell your kids about it! All joking aside,Youth Moving is going to organize different kinds of events in Europe, and in particular in Milan, such as international aperitivi, nights out at exclusive and popular clubs, theme parties and much more. We will try to make you live in the city as a real Milanese and at the same time we’ll give you the opportunity to know other Movers like you. Are you in? 12


Youth Moving User Experiences Pilar 27 Oviedo

User Experiences

I came to Milan as Erasmus student two years ago. I fell in love with this city and here I have lived wonderful experiences that definitely changed my life. In fact I was feeling so good here that I decided to stay here to work. It wasn’t an easy choice because I’m far away from my family but I’m happy and Milan is not so grey as some say.

After a little bit more than 10 months living abroad, thanks to the Lifelong Learning Program, I just can say it’s been one of my top years, I got to develop myself in all fields, and I believe it should be a mandatory experience for all the students, I’ll never forget all what I got out of this amazing and wonderful year in Milan!

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Ani 26 Cluj-Napoca

I met my boyfriend in Madrid during my Erasmus and I decided to move to Milan to live with him. Here I’m studying Italian and doing my specialization in medicine. I’ve met a lot of new people and I’m happy to live here. The Erasmus experience allowed me to live in two different countries and learn two more languages, let’s do it!


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Transport Milan is a big city and moving by car, especially in the rush hours, can be a really stressful experience. Luckily, there are other ways to move around, most of them being provided by the Milan Transport Company (ATM).

Many people prefer it because it allows them to enjoy many of the city sights.

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TICKETS AND FARES simple ticket: 1,50 € (valid for 90 minutes since validation - a single access to the metro) carnet: 13,80 € (valid for 10 simple tickets) day pass: 4,50 € (unlimited journeys for 24 hours since validation) weekly 2x6 pass: 8,40 € (2 simple tickets for each day of the week from Monday to Sunday, for a maximum of 6 days)

SUBWAY The Milan Metro can’t be compared to those of the biggest european cities like London, Paris, Berlin or Madrid. Nonetheless, it is the most efficient in Italy. It is made up of three lines (MM1 red, MM2 green, MM3 yellow), plus a rail link made up of 5 suburban lines covering more than 80 km. Two other metro lines are under construction and should be completed in the next few years. The Milan Metro works every day from 6:00 AM till 00:30 AM.

TRAVEL CARDS Travel Cards allow you to travel whenever and as often as you want on the public transport system. Travel Cards are electronic card which cost 10 € and are valid for 4 years.You can purchase the electronic card at any ATM Point, online (www.atm.it), or at any outlet located in the underground. You will need to bring a passport photograph, a valid ID and your Italian social security number. Once you have your electronic

SURFACE TRANSPORT In addition to the metro Milan has a good bus & tram network system serving both the urban and suburban areas.The metro is faster but the surface transport is comfortable and efficient especially for short-distances. 16


card you can charge it at the ticket machines located in every underground station, at authorized overground and underground outlets, at ATM Points, and at some cashpoints.You can choose different validity periods: weekly : 11,30 € (from Monday to Sunday, valid for one week) monthly: 30 € (one month from the 1st to the last day of the month for which the travel card was purchased) annual: 300 € (valid for 12 consecutive months) If you’re under 26 you can ask for a special electronic card which will grant you discounts on the monthly and annual Travel Cards: monthly: 17 € annual: 170 € NIGHT TRANSPORT Since 2011 Milan is served by a night bus network which is active on the weekends (Friday and Saturday) from 0:30 AM to 6:00 AM. Fifteen bus lines allow passengers to move around the city when the daily transport is closed.

Three of the lines replace the metro serving all the stations. The other lines follow the route of their daily counterparts. These are N6, N15, N24, N27, N42, N50, N54, N57, N72 and N94. In addition, N90 and N91 travel at night every day of the week including weekends. You can use night transport from 0:30 to 6:00 AM with only one ticket which you can buy from parking meters during the weekend. Travel Cards are also allowed. RADIOBUS The Radiobus is a service halfway between the traditional public transport and a taxi. If you reserve it, it will pick you up anywhere and take you wherever you want in the city. It is possible to reserve it until 6PM of the day you want to travel.You can do this online on the ATM website or by phone at 0248034803. The service is active everyday form 8 PM until 2 AM. The price of the service is 2,50 € in addition to a simple ticket which you can also buy on board. Travel Cards are also accepted. 17

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TAXI Taxis are a more comfortable but really expensive way to move around Milan. Base fares can vary depending on the hour and the day of the week. Weekdays from 6 AM till 9 PM it is 3,20 €, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 5,20 €, while at night (from 9 PM till 6 AM) it’s 6,20 €. The basic rates are 1,03 € per km and 26,86 € per hour. If getting a taxi is the only option you have we suggest you try to find someone to share it with.

and use your credit card or wap (wap.bikemi.it). The fares for the subscriptions are: Annual: 36 € (25 € if you already have an ATM Travel Card) Weekly: 6 € Daily: 2,50 € With your subscription you can use a bike anytime you want for free, up to 30 minutes for each ride. After the first 30 minutes, a fare of 0,50 € for every 30 minutes is applied, for a maximum limit of 2 hours. After that it will cost you 2 € per hour. Note that exceeding the 2 hour maximum limit 3 times blocks the subscription.

BIKE SHARING Since 2008 Milan has a public bicycle transport system designed for short distances that’s called BikeMi.You can pick up a bike at one of more than 100 stations around the city and leave it at any other station. The service is fully automatized and works 24/7. To use BikeMi you need a subscription which can be purchased online at bikemi.com, at any ATM point, or for only daily and weekly subscriptions you can call (toll-free number 800 80 81 81)

APP Atm also created a free application for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia and Windows, available at the application stores: iATM for iPhone and iPad and ATM Mobile for smartphones with Android, BlackBerry, Nokia (Symbian) and WindowsPhone.

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CODICE FISCALE

However, you should probably call before going there as these hours can sometimes vary. Along with the request, citizens of EU countries must show a valid identification document. Non-EU citizens will need to bring a valid passport (with Visa if required). This is enough if you are from one of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China (only Hong Kong and Macao), Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Vatican,Venezuela. For citizens from non-EU countries it can be a bit more complicated, because there is a residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) required apart from the passport or a student Visa.

The Italian fiscal code, officially known in Italy as Codice Fiscale, is an identification code made of 16 alphanumeric characters. It is much like the Social Security Number in other countries and identifies a citizen in all dealings with the Italian Public Authorities and Administrations. You are going to need the Codice Fiscale if you want to get a job, open a bank account, have an Italian phone number, subscribe to a public transport card and basically, for everything that involves signing a contract. The Codice Fiscale is free and has to be requested at the Agenzia delle Entrate. There are six offices in Milan: Via della Moscova 2 (tel. 02 63679.1) Via Ugo Bassi 4 (tel. 02 69716.1) Via Bistolfi 5 (tel. 02 21049.1) Via Abetone 10 (tel. 02 54001.1) Via dei Missaglia 97 (tel. 02 89307.1) Piazza Stuparich 2 (tel. 02 33025.1). Opening hours for the offices are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 13:00; Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 15:30.

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Practical Info

Practical Info


Practical Info HOLYDAYS

USEFUL NUMBERS

January 1st New Year’s Day

EMERGENCY Ambulance: 118 Police: 113 Carabinieri: 112 Firemen: 115 Guardia di Finanza: 117 Road Assistance (ACI): 116 Pharmacy Helpline: 800.80.11.85

January 6th Epiphany March 31st Easter Practical Info

April 1st Easter Monday April 25th Liberation Day

COMUNE DI MILANO 02.02.02

May 1st Labour Day June 2nd National Day

TRANSPORT ATM: 800.80.81.81 RadioBus: 02.48.03.48.03 Trenitalia: 89.20.21 Linate and Malpensa airport: 02.232323 Bergamo - Orio al Serio airport: 035.326323

August 15th Assumption Day November 1st All Saints’ Day December 7th St. Ambrose’s Day (Patron Saint of Milan) December 8th Immaculate Conception Day

TAXI RadioTaxi: 02.69.69 Taxiblu: 02.40.40 AutoradioTaxi: 02.85.85

December 25th Christmas Day December 26th Saint Stephen’s Day

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Universities POLITECNICO DI MILANO

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

P.zza Leonardo Da Vinci 20133 Milano www.polimi.it

V. Festa del Perdono 7 20122 Milano www.unimi.it

This Technical University is the oldest University in Milan, it was established in 1863. It is now one of Europe’s most outstanding centers for engineering, architecture and industrial design. The main building is located in Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, in the Città Studi district, which can be reached by bus, tram or metro on the green line, Piola station. The other main (and newest) facilities are around Bovisa train station, north of the city center.

Commonly known as La Statale it is a public university established in 1924. With 60,000 students and 9 faculties, it is the biggest university in Milan. It is located in a 14th-century building named Ca’ Granda with a marvelous internal courtyard. The University is close to the Duomo and it also has other branches around the city, the most important of them is on via Celoria where the scientific faculties are located.

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UNIVERSITÀ LUIGI BOCCONI

UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE

UNIVERSITÀ MILANO BICOCCA

Via Sarfatti 25 20136 Milano www.unibocconi.it

Largo Gemelli 1 20123 Milano www.unicattolica.it

Piazza della Scienza 1 20126 Milano www.unimib.it

Established in 1902 as a private college it is now one of the leading universities in Italy and is internationally renowned for economics. It is considered a very demanding and prestigious university. The central buildings are located in via Roentigen and via Sarfatti and other facilities are located in the surrounding area. It can be reached by bus 79 and trams 9, 29 and 30.

Commonly known as Cattolica, it was established in 1921. In the 15th century, it was Saint Ambrose Monastery which has two very beautiful cloisters designed by Bramante. Università Cattolica is in via Gemelli, right behind Saint Ambrose Basilica and it is reachable by bus or metro: green line, Sant’Ambrogio Station.

A new university born as a spin-off from Università Statale. Situated between Milan and the once-industrial small town of Sesto S.Giovanni in a recently reconstructed area of former old tire factory grounds. It is reachable by bus, tram or railway, FS Greco-Pirelli Station.

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UNIVERSITÀ VITA E SALUTE SAN RAFFAELE

UNIVERSITÀ IULM

UNIVERSITÀ CARLO CATTANEO

Via Olgettina 58 20132 Milano www.unisr.it

Via Carlo Bo 1 20143 Milano www.iulm.it

Via Matteotti 22 21053 Castellanza (VA) www.liuc.it

This private university which is one of Italy’s top research centers in biotechnology and medicine, was established in 1996. It is close to the San Raffaele Hospital. It’s located at the north-east border of the city it is reachable by metro, green line Cascina Gobba station, then the light railway service to San Raffaele.

IULM is a communicationoriented university established in 1968. Today it has a large number of foreign students and it is one of the most international universities of the city. Its full name is Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM. It is reachable by bus or metro, green line Romolo station.

Commonly known as LIUC (Libero Istituto Universitario Cattaneo) was established in 1991 in the north-west of Milan in the small town of Castellanza, halfway between Milan and Malpensa Airport. It is a young, yet very active university. It is reachable from the city by a commuter train that stops at FSN Castellanza Station.

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Academies IED ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN

ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI DI BRERA

Via Sciesa 4 20135 Milano www.ied.it

Via Brera 28 20121 Milano www.accademiadibrera.milano.it

IED was founded in 1966 by Francesco Morelli, and it is now an international network for advanced education in the design, fashion, visual arts and communication fields. In Milan IED has three facilities: the IED Design/IED Visual Communication in Via Sciesa 4, the IED Moda in via Leoni 3 and the IED Management Lab in via Bezzecca 5.

Established in 1776, the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera offers a lot of services and events as well as courses and masters programs related to the world of art. It’s situated in the center of Milan and you can reach it by red metro line Cairoli station, green line Lanza station, yellow line Montenapoleone station or by trams (3, 4, 12 or 14).

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BAUER

MARANGONI

NABA

Via Soderini 24 20146 Milano www.cfpbauer.it

Via Verri 4 20121 Milano www.istitutomarangoni.com

Via Darwin 20 20143 Milano www.naba.it

The Cfp Bauer is an academy of photography and visual communication. A lot of authors, professionals and critics recognize that Cfp Bauer is the most important academy in his field in Italy. Located in Via Soderini it can be reached by metro green line S. Ambrogio station then by bus 58, or by the red metro line, Bande Nere station then by bus 95.

Istituto Marangoni is one of the most important fashion academies in the world. It has three campuses that offer fashion courses in Milan, Paris and London, with students from 92 different countries of origin. It’s located between the metro stations Duomo (red and yellow line), Montenapoleone (yellow line) and San Babila (red line), in the heart of Milan’s fashion zone.

Naba (Nuova Accademia delle Belle Arti) is an innovative Arts and Design Academy founded in 1980. It is located in one of Milan’s historic districts called Navigli (canals), one of the most attractive and liveliest areas in the city. It offers many courses in Design, Fashion, Graphics, Multimedia and Arts which are equivalent to university degrees and are recognized all around Italy and the world.

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CONSERVATORIO

ACCADEMIA DELLA SCALA

Via Conservatorio 12 20122 Milano www.consmilano.it

Via Santa Marta 18 20123 Milano www.accademialascala.it

The Milan Conservatory is the largest Institute of musical education in Italy. It was established by Royal Decree in 1807 and it is now one of the most important Music Schools in Europe, having educated many of Italy’s most important musicians. Conservatorio is really near to Piazza Duomo and is easily reached by public transport.

The Accademia del Teatro alla Scala is where you can learn the know-how of one of the most important theatres worldwide. Courses include Music, Ballet, Stage & Lab, and Management, and are taught by Teatro alla Scala professionals. The Academy is also involved in international initiatives in order to increase exchange between students, as well as to promote hospitality and international concerts.

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The city center is an area dedicated mainly to shopping: the famous Quadrilatero della moda, starting from via Montenapoleone, hosts the most chic boutiques in the city. The whole area is full of shops, from the little craft workshop to the international megastore.You will find pretty much everything you may need and more, with a huge range of quality and price. Also, if you want to be a tourist for one day, this is where you have to come: the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco, the Scala,

The most elegant and picturesque district of the city, its narrow streets are home to plenty of bars, restaurants and shops. Everything here is quite chic and high-class, so if you’re looking for a cheap pint of beer this might not be the best area. Though the class and the atmosphere of this central district can’t be disputed. Here you can also find the most important museum in Milan (Brera Museum), the Strehler Theatre, and lots of fortunetellers ready to read your palm.

the Galleria, the Museo del Novecento, Palazzo Reale and most of the famous ancient buildings in Milan are located in this area. At night the area empties, as shops close and people disperse to different parts of the city.

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Home to many offices and important italian companies (such as “Corriere della Sera”), the area is also a lively nightlife spot, one of the favorites of the so called Milano Bene (the richest and most fashionable people of the city). In Via Solferino and Corso Garibaldi there are many restaurants and bars with luxurious happy hours. The prices are generally quite high, but near Largo La Foppa there’s a bar ran by “a bunch of Chinese guys” and an ice cream shop on the side of it, which sells cheap drinks

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and beer.You will notice them because of the crowd outside: boys wearing ironed shirts and girls with high heels, probably warming up before going to one of the many clubs nearby. If you’re more interested in culture than in nightlife you can go to the Cinema Anteo which, with its art films and retro movies offers a different experience from any other cinema.

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Just dropped your new smartphone and watched it smash into hundreds of pieces? Pick them up and bring them to one of the many electronic shops around Via Paolo Sarpi to get them assembled as fast and cheap as it gets. Then, while you’re here you can take a look around at all the different shops and their huge selection of goods of any kind at very affordable prices. And of course, you can enjoy a cheap meal in a genuine Chinese restaurant where (sometimes) Italian is still considered a strange foreign language.


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This square, with its historical gate in the middle, is today one of the busiest crossroads in Milan’s everyday life. On one side of it there’s the Indro Montanelli Gardens with the Museum of Natural History and the Planetarium inside. On the other side there is Corso Buenos Aires, a long, busy street with lots of shops (not as chic and expensive as the ones in the center but equally busy). Corso Buenos Aires and its surroundings also host a great number of trendy, underground or gay pubs and clubs. There is also a great range of restaurants which are as diverse

Originally a workingclass residential district, the area surrounding the artificial rivers of Milan still conserves part of the atmosphere of the last century. Sure, the craft workshops have been replaced by lots of bars and restaurants and the residential quietness by a lively and sometimes noisy nightlife. But you can still find an authentic friendly atmosphere and picturesque corners. Many students choose to live here because the rents are not as high as in many other more central districts.

and multicultural as the population of this district: there is anything from African to Asian,Arabian or South American, and Italian, also.

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For a few years now this area has been considered the district of design and creativity thanks to many events and exhibitions that take place here throughout the year. Most of all, during the Salone del Mobile (usually in April), this area is a must see for designers, artists and for everyone that wants to live by the saying “I was there” and wants to attend every radical-chic event at any cost. If you just want relax and enjoy the bars and pubs our suggestion is to come here a different time of the year.

This area, just alongside the Garibaldi Station, is the heart of Milan’s most fashionable nightlife. From happy hour until late at night plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs are ready to entertain the trendy crowd stepping in this pedestrian area, surrounded by busy intersections, building constructions, and modern skyscrapers.

The area surrounding the Politecnico and the scientific faculties of the Università degli Studi di Milano is known as Città Studi. Although it is quite far from the city centre, it is served very well by the public transport and has a metro station in Piazza Piola. Many movers choose to live here because it is near to their university, rent is cheaper than in the city centre and there is a youthful atmosphere with many students and parties.

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Surrounded by a quiet residential area facing Parco Sempione on the opposite side of the Castle, there is the beautiful Arc built by Napoleon in the 19th century. In front of it you will spot a pedestrian zone full of trendy bars, famous for their aperitivo. The best season to enjoy the Arco della Pace is probably spring, when the area is most vibrant and you can enjoy a drink or a meal sitting outdoors.

Is south-east from the centre and not far from the Università degli Studi and the Università Bocconi. It is not the most famous nightlife spot of the city but it’s still quite central and there are many good bars and clubs nearby which are often crowded by both locals and Movers.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

One of the most important things if you want to have a great experience abroad is good accommodation: remember that you are spending months here, it’s not just a holiday. So be patient and choose as carefully as you can. There are different kinds of accommodation in the city and your choice should reflect your tastes and your needs. In Milan rent is quite expensive and the words “cheap” and “nice place in the center” are hardly found in the same sentence. But don’t worry, after all you’re in Italy and miracles do happen. There are many ways to look for the home that best suits your needs. If you’re lucky enough you already have some friends in Milan that can help you out before and after your arrival. Or, if you’ve come to study or work, your university or company may have some place to offer you. Otherwise, the best solution is probably to stay in a hotel for a while so that you can look at different apartments, without having to take the first one you see just because you

need a place to sleep for the night! For example, you might want to check that the place where you are going to live is well connected to the rest of the city (metro, surface transport, night bus, etc.), that the price is fair, also compared to other offers (be sure to ask if the utilities are included in the rent), that your room is big enough and if there are any amenities (for example air conditioning, washing machine, dishwasher and so on), that the flat is fully furnished and in good condition. Remember that if you choose to live in a shared flat, which is usually the cheapest solution, the right flat mates are equally important (if not more!) as the location, the price, the size and the condition of the apartment. Finding the right accommodation may take you some time and effort, but it’s definitely worth it! We would like to recommend to you some youth hostels and cheap hotels for the first days. Good luck with your search!

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CENTRAL HOSTEL

ZEBRA HOSTEL

Via Salmoiraghi, 1 Ph: 02 39267095 www.hostelmilan.org

Via Andrea Doria, 44 Ph: 389 9690499 www.centralhostelmilano.com

Viale Regina Margherita, 9 Ph: 02 36705185 www.zebrahostel.it

The Hostel is near FieraMilano City, San Siro Stadium and a few metro stops from Rho-Fiera and Piazza Duomo. Private en-suite rooms with 2/3/4 beds and dormitory with 6 beds and shared bathrooms on the floor. Standard of quality and low prices are guaranteed by Hostelling International. Erasmus discount.

Central Hostel Milano is located just a few steps away from Stazione Centrale, Corso Buenos Aires and Loreto Metro station. Great prices and a friendly staff are the particularities of this cozy hostel. It’s good choice if you want to spend a couple days in Milan on a low budget but still want to be close to the city center.

Located in via Regina Margherita, this hostel was founded by a traveller for the travellers. The hostel is named, themed and decorated after the owner’s love for zebras. It offers dormitories from 19 Euros (24 bed mixed dorm) to 25 Euros (6 bed mixed dorm) per night.

HI HOSTEL MILAN PIERO ROTTA

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Aperitivo

Aperitivo

In Italy the aperitivo consists of some snacks – usually chips, peanuts or small squares of pizza – being served for free together with your pre-dinner drink. But in Milan it is much more than this: with the price of your drink you have access to an all-you-can-eat buffet where you can fill your plate with appetizers, pasta, pizza, rice, sandwiches, fruit and much more. The aperitivo - which usually lasts from 6pm to 9pm - can easily be a light dinner, but it makes a bad impression on the owners and other customers if you fill up your dish too many times with just one drink. A good tip to avoid this is to never remain at your table with your dish full and your glass empty, so if you are still hungry order another one. The average quality of cocktails in Milan is very high, and you can have any drink you like, be it a Margarita, Mojito or whatever your favorite is. The ones on the menu that you may not recognize at first are probably the most Italian happy hour cocktails. These are most often drunk by locals, all have a very

similar red colour and are also quite bitter.You probably won’t love them at first but we recommend that you try them and be faithful- they are the best way to enjoy a perfect Milanese aperitivo.

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NEGRONI: 1/3 gin, 1/3 Campari Red, 1/3 red vermouth, ice and a slice of orange. It is the strongest happy hour cocktail, with a very bitter flavor, and could take you some time to get used to, but once you do you will probably love it just as much as the locals. A variation of it is called Negroski and has vodka instead of gin.

SBAGLIATO: 1/3 prosecco, 1/3 Campari red , 1/3 red vermouth, ice and a slice of orange. It is a lighter variation of Negroni, as instead of gin it has dry white sparkling wine (prosecco). It is easier to drink and has a more refreshing taste than its original counterpart, anyhow it still remains a bitter drink and it is hardly found in bars outside of Milan. AMERICANO: 1/3 Campari, 1/3 red vermouth, 1/3 soda water, ice, lemon peel and a slice of orange. Called “the American�, this cocktail was created in Milan in the 1930s with Italian ingredients. It is considered the first aperitivo cocktail ever, the father of Negroni, Sbagliato and Spritz. SPRITZ: 3/6 prosecco, 2/6 Aperol, 1/6 soda water, ice and a slice of orange and/or a green olive. This popular drink was born in Venice and its refreshing taste has quickly made it very popular everywhere. Usually if you ask for a Spritz you will get an Aperol Spritz: this is the most popular Spritz everywhere, but if you want a little stronger one, you might ask for a Campari Spritz. 41


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Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 9 Ph: 02 83390192 www.spritz-navigli.it

Corso Sempione, 1 Ph: 02 34934469 www.bhangrabar.it

Via Piero della Francesca, 55 Ph: 02 34936616 www.roialtogroup.it

Located in Ripa di Porta Ticinese (Navigli zone), this bar was born only in 2008 but it has already become famous for its Happy Hour. It has a large buffet and a varied selection of cocktails in a chic setting, with their speciality being their many diverse versions of the famous “Spritz�.

Just in front of Arco della Pace, Bhangrabar is a lounge bar with oriental design and an evocative atmosphere. Every day from 6pm to 10pm it offers one of the richest and most famous buffets in town, along with a wide selection of fine drinks. Or you can come for the Sunday brunch, for lunch or for drinks until 2am.

Roialto is a bar famous for its interior design,with an elegant and intimate atmosphere.Its aperitivo is wonderful,with a huge choice of both very popular and unusual cocktails and wine along with several buffet islands, where each offers a different selection of Italian fine food.It is opened fromTuesday to Sunday from 6pm-2am and Sunday from brunch time.

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Via Ascanio Sforza, 9 Ph: 02 58105366 www.slicecafe.it

Via Procaccini, 37 Ph: 02 34930819 www.roialtogroup.it/milano

Typical bar in Navigli. For more than 10 years the aperitivo at Slice Cafè (from 6pm to 10pm) has been considered one of the best in Milan with excellent cocktails and a buffet. After 10pm the bar offers special beers, wines and food. Bring this guidebook to get a free shot at 11pm (Mon-Fri).

It’s one of the most famous and popular bars in the Sempione zone. The location is elegant with a very large lounge area, which can host as many as 280 people. In spring and summer the rooftop is opened. The aperitivo is rich in variety with different food stations of every kind. 43

MOOD CAFFÈ

Via Andrea Solari, 2/a Ph: 02 4816121 In front of Parco Solari there’s a beautiful bar with fine food and drinking. The aperitivo is great, with a rich buffet of Italian cuisine which varies per day. Mood also serves good breakfast, meals, coffee, snacks, and it’s available for private parties.

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Restaurants

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Ah, the Italian cuisine! Traditional Milanese dishes are a bit different than the ones from the South of Italy, the most typical of them being risotto, cotoletta and polenta. But in Milan there are people from everywhere in the world, and you can find everything you are looking for. From pizza napoletana to Japanese sushi, from African restaurants to Brazilian churrascarias, from American burgers to Turkish kebabs. Also, the fish that arrives to Milan every morning and is often considered fresher than the one by the sea. The prices can vary greatly from one place to another: from a few to hundreds of euros. Here you will find some places where you can eat delicious food without spending your whole month’s salary.

ANADIMA BISTROT Via Pavia, 10 Ph: 02 8321981 www.anadima.com It’s a restaurant and a bistrot, an unconventional place, mixing mediterranean tradition, a touch of creativity, with season and typical ingredients. The dishes are never trivial, thanks to the advisory of its chef, Bruno Soleri and Alberto Baietta’s wine selection.You can also come here just to have an aperitivo (after 6.30 pm) or to taste french cheese, quality ham and truffles. From monday to friday there are special midday prices (7-10 euros).

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PAMPAS

Via F. Lippi, 7 Ph: 02 26681962 eda@edamilano.com

Via Vigevano, 3 Ph: 02 89406761

Via Sabatelli, 1 Ph: 3348251506 www.pampas.it

Eda is a fusion restaurant located in Città Studi, offering fine food at fair prices in an elegant location. With its interior design and its oriental lounge atmosphere, it’s suitable both for a romantic dinner and for hanging out with a group of friends. Reservations are suggested on weekends.

Located in the Navigli zone, here you can find very good (and big) pizzas, but the specialty of this reastaurant is its fish. Here you’ll find high quality food for a good price.It’s perfect for dinner with your family or your new girlfriend/ boyfriend!

Located in Piazza Gramsci, it’s an exclusive brasilian restaurant located near arco della pace managed by a Brazilian chef couple. This restaurant offers different kinds of meat as well as some great exotic cocktails. Here you can taste some of the best churrasco in Milan. Bom apetite!

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Cafes

Cafes

Cafes in Milan are often like a second home, or the house of a good friend, where you can eat, drink, read the newspaper, watch TV and chat with the owner and the other customers. The key is always the coffee, which in Italy is almost like a religion rather than a simple beverage. When you spend some time at the bar you will notice that everyone has his/ her own personal habits there. Espresso, lungo, macchiato (caldo or freddo), cappuccino and marocchino are just some examples of the infinite ways coffee can be ordered. We would like to suggest a few bars where you can taste some of the greatest coffee in Milan and finally choose your favorite one.

CAFFECIOCCOLATA Piazza Bazzi, 2 Ph: 02 36697573 Our e www.caffecioccolata.it Choic It’s a really great bar near parco solari, where you can have an amazing breakfast in the morning but also a wonderful aperitivo from 6 to 9 pm. We’re really passionate about this cafè because it’s where our project was born and developed, where we’ve spent day after day planning, laughing and drinking with Manuel and Nicola the owners of this cool cornerbar.

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CAFFÈ DELLA PUSTERLA

Via Savona 101 Ph: 02 45470449 www.gogolandcompany.com

P.zza Oberdan, 12 Ph: 02 23369740 www.boutique-mi.it

Via Edmondo deAmicis,22 Ph: 02 36745641

Bookshop, Art and Cafè. Gogol & Company is a cultural and social space open Tuesday to Sunday 8am-9pm where you are always welcomed to learn, share and discuss your interests and passions, or just relax, enjoy art exhibitions, read a good book or try out the premium natural food and drinks.

Located in Piazza Oberdan, Boutique12 is a new cafe, bistrot and cocktail bar founded by young entrepreneurs with an international background. It offers exceptional service starting with a continental breakfast and continuing with awesome food for lunch and special cocktails for their aperitivo.

Located between S.Ambrogio and San Lorenzo and very close to the Catholic University, this historic bar is perfect for any break during the day, in fact it’s opened from breakfast until after dinner and it offers coffee, sandwiches, a great aperitivo and a huge selection of wine.

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Pubs

Pubs

A “pub” in Milan is where you can drink something at night, have a good time with your friends and meet new people, even if it doesn’t look like the traditional Irish or Scottish pub. Luckily, in Milan there are lots of place like this, often with a huge choice of good beer, cocktails and food, both local and international. The prices can vary a lot, depending on the zone, the quality, the glamour and many other factors, in some cases even the day of the week. Usually, the pubs in Milan also have aperitivo between 6 pm and 9 pm. Here you can find a list of some of our favorite pubs in town, with the best drinks, prices, happy hour and atmosphere.

THE FOOTBALL ENGLISH PUB Our e Via Valpetrosa, 5 ic (on the corner Cho of Via Torino) Ph: 02864464 www.thefootballenglishpub.com

This typical english pub is located just a few steps away from Piazza del Duomo. Here you can watch any match scheduled during the day including Premier League, Serie A, Champions League, Europa League, Six Nations and all international football and rugby. And from Monday to Friday 6-8pm the real happy hour in Milan: any pint of beer is €3,50 (on Monday till midnight).

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Via Procaccini, 61 Ph: 02 87389425 www.fourfourtwo.it

Via Savona, 2 Ph: 339 8960039

Via Terraggio, 1 Ph: 02 804758

Walk into this English Pub near Corso Sempione if you want to watch not only Serie A matches but also the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, Liga, NBA, Bundesliga, Rugby, NFL and much more. There’s a selection of beer from Ireland, Uk, Belgium and Germany. Available for private parties.

At the beginning of Via Savona, this bar is a “must” not only for people in the area but also for anyone interested in the specials they have to offer: every wednesday beer and all cocktails are 3 euros all night long and every friday there is the famous “chupito night” with all shots for 1 euro. It’s the perfect way to start your night!

Very close to the Catholic University, there’s this little bar well known for its sandwiches - some say they are the best in Milan, have you tried them yet? - you can order them all day untill closing (2.00 am). The aperitivo is not very big but it’s tasty and cheap.

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Clubs and Discos

Clubs and Discos

After a long aperitivo, a good dinner or a few drinks at a pub, you’ll probably be ready to go home and get some sleep if you have to wake up early the next morning. Or you can choose to party on, as many other Movers do. Luckily, Milan has a large number of clubs. If you don’t know them all it may be hard to decide where to go. Keep in mind that the fun depends on the place, the people and the day of the week. The area around Corso Como is where most clubs are located, but you probably don’t want to miss out on other great places just because you don’t know where they are. Here you will find a short list of some of the most lively clubs in the city.

THE OLD FASHION CLUB r Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6 Ou ce i Cho Ph: 02 8056231 www.oldfashion.it

Located close to the Sforzesco Castle and the Cadorna (green and red lines) metro station, it’s one of the most famous and glamourous discos in Milan. Every friday it hosts aYouth Moving night: 10 Euros including 2 drinks for all international people by only saying “Youth Moving” at our entrance!

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Via Alessio diTocqueville, 11 Ph: 0289281611 www.11milano.it This Elegant and sophisticated club is located in corso Como. The interior and decor resembles a real living room with leather couches, retrò armchairs, and animal print carpets. We are particulary passionate about this club because this is where we organized the legendary “First Youth Moving Event”!

ARCI CLUBS

www.arcimilano.it ARCI is an association of social and civil promotion composed of more than 5000 clubs in Italy. To join these clubs the ARCI card is mandatory and it is valid for one year. In Milan there are a lot of ARCI clubs that promote indie and alternative music, electro DJ sets and live concerts. The most famous are “Magnolia”, “Biko”, “Bitte” and “Toilet”. 51

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Corso Garibaldi, 97 Ph: 02 6555318 www.theclubmilano.it It’s one of the most important clubs in Milan, it’s located near Moscova and it offers a lot of different kinds of music every night. The club is known for its exclusivity and vibrant atmosphere. Check out their website for more information about events at this popular club.

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Art and Culture PALAZZO REALE

Art and Culture

Ok you’re right, we said we wouldn’t tell you about touristic stuff but living in Milan you will be surrounded by art and culture and you will soon be aware that they are part of the Italian lifestyle and they affect people’s behavior. We have tried to make a mix of both famous and less known places and a selection from classic to contemporary art to give you an example of the wide array of cultural the city has to offer.

Palazzo Reale was the seat of government of Milan for many centuries. Today is an important cultural centre and it hosts exhibitions of the most important artists, i.e., Canova, Dalì, Bacon, Monet and Lachapelle. Until January 6th, 2013 the main exhibition will be dedicated to Picasso (mostrapicasso.it) with more than 200 of the artist’s works exhibited. 52


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MUSEO DEL ‘900

It’s an international cultural institution which organises exhibitions, conferences and events related to art, design, architecture, fashion and cinema. It is also a museum of Italian design, a laboratory of ideas, the Art Theatre (Teatro dell’Arte) and the Art Palace (Palazzo dell’Arte). For more info: www.latriennale.it

Painted in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, “Il cenacolo” is the most famous representation of The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. This painting has always had an aura of mystery and a lot of writers have formulated theories about hidden messages in the painting. For this reason, the only way to see it is to book a ticket in advance

Located in the Palazzo dell’Arengario, is a public venue dedicated to the exhibition of 400 works of Milan’s collection of TwentiethCentury Art. It hosts paintings, drawings and sculptures of many famous artists like Balla, Boccioni, Braque, de Chirico, Fontana, Guttuso, Kandinskij, Klee, Manzoni, Matisse, Modigliani, Mondrian, Munari, Pelizza da Volpedo and Picasso.

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Art and Culture SPAZIO FORMA

Art and Culture

Located in the Navigli area, Forma is a permanent space devoted to photography, which offers diversified exhibiting areas, a rich exhibition program, movie projections, lectures and other educational activities. It also hosts a specialized bookshop and a Print Room. The exhibiting program runs throughout the year, offering important international exhibitions.

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It hosts one of the most important collection of paintings in Italy. The exhibition covers a wide period,which also thanks to various donations, it has paintings from prehistoric times to the XX century by artists like Bramante, Bellini, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Raffaello, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio,Van Dick, Rubens, Pelizza da Volpedo, Hayez, Picasso, Boccioni and Modigliani.

It is one of the earliest examples of architecture in Italy designed exclusively for modern art.The attention of the exhibitions are focused on contemporary art. It has also launched a project for contemporary art to encourage its dissemination, supporting shows with activities such as music or theatre events, reading of literary texts, conferences and educational activities.

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Milan Slang !

Milan Slang

In Italy there are lots of dialects: there are regional ones and there could even be two neighboring cities that speak two different dialects and could have a hard time understanding each other. In Milan there is a very typical accent, the dialect is going out of fashion and it is spoken mainly by grandparents. But, as in the majority of the cities, in Milan there are a lot of slang expressions used mostly amongst young people. Some of them are quite normal while some others are really weird. Here you can discover some of the most famous and common expressions between locals. Enjoy!

BELLA

It is literally feminine for “beautiful”, but in Milan this word is not only used for girls. In fact, it is a common way young people use to greet each other and/or to express agreement. So even if you are a male, don’t worry if when you meet an italian friend he shakes your hand saying “bella!”: he’s not trying to seduce you, he’s just saying hello (probably)!

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Literally “frightening”, is an expression commonly used by Milan youngsters to express enthusiasm for something. For example “stasera c’è un concerto da paura” doesn’t mean that tonight there is a satanic concert, but an awesome one. Sometimes you can use simply “paura” (“fear”) or “pauroso” (“frightening”).

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CAZZEGGIARE

This expression means “wasting time in activities of little or no importance”. For example, “ho cazzeggiato tutto il pomeriggio su facebook” means “I wasted all afternoon on facebook”.

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Italians are very superstitious. For example, openly wishing someone “buona fortuna” (“good luck”) is actually thought to bring them bad luck so don’t do it. In order to overcome this, a few strange expressions have been created. The most common is “in bocca al lupo”, literally meaning “in the mouth of the wolf”. So if somebody tells you, for example, “in bocca al lupo per il tuo esame” (“in the mouth of the wolf for your exam”), he’s wishing you good luck for your exam and, for the scaramanzia to work out, you have to answer “crepi!” (“may he die!”). We know it sounds like nonsense, but this is how these things work everywhere in Italy.

DI BRUTTO

Literally “in an ugly way”, means “very much”. For example “Ieri mi sono divertito di brutto” (literally “yesterday I had fun in an ugly way”) means in fact “yesterday I had lots of fun”. It is considered sort of a street slang/zarro expression, so saying for example “ti amo di brutto” shall not be considered the most romantic way of saying “I love you a lot”. Other common slang expressions for saying “very much” in Milan are “a nastro” (“as tape”), “a manetta” (“as throttle”), “a bestia” (“as beast”).

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Milan Slang

Literally means “lots of stuff” and, much like “da paura”, it is used to express enthusiasm for something. An example would be “quel film è tanta roba” (literally “that movie is lots of stuff”), which actually means “that movie rocks!”

Literally it means something like “to take yourself back”. It means the process of recovering the health of body and/or mind after a hard situation, like a shock, an injury or maybe just several drinks or a crazy night out. A variation of this term, with exactly the same meaning, is “ripigliarsi”.

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Literally “uncle”, is a slang word to address somebody, pretty much like “mate” in english. Originally used by the zarri (see “Zarro”), this expression has now spread amongst many young people of all kinds. If somebody calls you his uncle, it means he’s relating to you in the most informal possible way, like if you have been friends for a long time. A lot of people use it every other word: the risk (often happens to Milanese guys) is to say “zio” to your girlfriend or to your brother or sister. It could be kind of awkward!

ZARRO

A “zarro” is a person, or the stereotype of a class of people, mainly from the suburbs or out of town, that tend to be loud and straightforward. “Zarri” are normally seen by other people as gross, harassing and ignorant. The term can also be used as an adjective for things that relate to the zarro lifestyle, such as pimped-out cars and scooters, some dance or techno songs, certain clothes etc. Other common terms to refer to a zarro are “tamarro”, “truzzo” and “tabbozzo”. 62


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About Us

About Us

The Youth Moving project is the idea of three Italian guys. We have had different experiences abroad, such as Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci programme and we have even spent some of our time abroad learning another language and working. After this, we realised that awesome experiences like these could be improved with some useful services. While working on the idea of a social network (soon to be online) we have realised that we could do more and we’ve created this guide you are reading. This first guide of Milan was done here, as it’s the city where we are based, but we plan to publish other guides to other cities both in Italy and in the rest of Europe. Living abroad is a very challenging experience and nowadays it is very important. The Erasmus Programme has just turned 25 years old and Erasmus Mundus is getting more and more popular; A lot of companies when deciding to hire someone, have declared to prefer a candidate who has had an experience abroad rather than

one with the highest grades at school, and that knowing languages is fundamental to people who want to travel or get to know other cultures. Our aim is to help integration between people and countries, creating both a virtual and a real life connection through the web services (YouthMoving.com, our presence on the most important social networks, our blog and so on), our paper guides and our events. We like to use the word “Movers” to refer to all the people who live or have lived abroad, people like us. And as the trend of going abroad has grown more and more over the years we love to call this new generation of Movers the “Youth Moving”. and that is why we chose this name. Youth Moving is a young and dynamic project, based on people. If you are a Mover and you would like to collaborate with us or just to know more about it you can contact us: hi@youthmoving.com www.facebook.com/YouthMoving

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