The economic heart of Italy, Milan has the reputation of being an up-and-coming city, a bit too busy and serious to be entirely Italian. Don't be mistaken! Fans of urban hustle and bustle and unexpected discoveries will find what they're looking for in this bustling, innovative and multicultural city. From the Duomo to the La Scala opera house, passing by the Ambrosiana and Brera picture galleries or the famous Navigli, the refined restaurants and the best shop windows in Europe...the walk promises to be magnificent!
Situated at the centre of the Po Valley, the capital of the Lombardy region is also at the head of the Italian economy, An industrial, commercial, financial and university centre, it is the seat of the Italian stock exchange and represents an inescapable magnet for the administrative headquarters of various multinational companies. If it is the most populated and the richest of Italian cities, then the powerful Lombardy is above all the Italian and European capital of fashion, boasting such famous names as Prada, Gucci, Versace, Morello and, among others, Cavalli...the fashion shows follow on from each other but do not resemble each other. Milan is resolutely chic and shows it. Milan reigns masterfully over "fashion attitude" and knows it. It is enough to have a glance at the elegant shop windows of the Quadrilatero to convince yourself of this, if needs be, and most certainly, to give yourself pleasure. Milan is also a queen of culture with picture galleries which many large European cities envy, the most famous opera house in the world and an impressive number of art and events galleries which play with all of the styles and excesses of design and contemporary art, from the most anecdotal bling bling to the highest luxury price tag. In additon, it would be to not know Milan if you imagined that it depends only on its museums and old stones in order to impress. The outline of Milan will soon no longer be dominated by the splendid Duomo and the famous Pirelli. A new vertical and ambitious architecture is going to finally be able to express its economic vitality. Nothing is too high nor too beautiful for the First Lady of Italy which wants to make itself beautiful for its Universal Exhibition in 2015. A socialite from head to foot, Milan is however neither haughty nor arrogant and can be very endearing. On a night out, dive unreservedly into its exciting nightlife. Take the time to savour a traditional aperitivo before exploring the various Navigli where you can discover the trendiest bars and clubs. Finally, slip into the locali, these warehouses converted into nightclubs, in order to party until the early hours with the Milanese. This face of Milan, which is unknown to tourists, is surprising. When you find it, your whole understanding of the city will be changed. Your language study stay in Milan promises to be really exciting.