Milan, the elegant, international city and thriving economy in Italy, offers you a cultural experience, traditional events, and delicious Italian cuisine! Milan the capital of fashion and finance, one of the country’s most multiculturally diverse cities, with a relaxed and productive lifestyle and rhythm.

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What to expect

  • Milan is a city rich in culture, classical architecture, emerging technologies, and many international professionals, as it is a popular destination for new opportunities. These are the main highlights of what you can expect from living in Milan:

Weather

  • The weather is perfect year-round, you will enjoy hot and bright summers, and somewhat dry and chilling winters. Snow falls between December and February, and springtime is sometimes rainy. 

KPIs

  • Average Daylight: 15 hours in the summer and 9 hours in the winter.

Average weather: 28º C in the summer and 4º C in the winter.

Average rainfall: 83 days. 

Cost of living

Finding an apartment

  • Milan’s neighborhoods are arranged in a circle around the Duomo, effectively located to be near the city center without the need for commuting long distances. To the north of the Duomo you will find Porta Venezia neighborhood, with many young professionals, students, and families; as well as Fiera, a neighborhood popular for its schools, metro, shopping, parks, and residential areas. 

Commuting

  • Thanks to Milan’s easy-to-use public transportation network, you can get to wherever you want to be without a private car. The city offers metro lines, trams, and buses. Milan has the largest metro availability in Italy, traveling for 63 miles of lines, with carefully positioned stations to get you anywhere in the city. Milan’s 18 tram lines run past midnight every day, making it one of the easiest and fastest ways to get around the city. Milan also offers more than 80 bus lines to give you the best service possible. 

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Professional Environment

Company Profile

  • New companies have been emerging in recent years, including technology startups and finance. The city is a business, fashion, and finance hub, so you will encounter multiple opportunities to grow professionally. 

Networking

  • The city is famous for attracting many international professionals, so you won’t have any trouble meeting new people from different backgrounds. The expat community in Milan is quite large, and they organize events for networking from time to time. 

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Culture

  • Milan offers an over-the-top life quality and culturally rich events and places to visit. The historical and traditional aspects of the city can still be seen everywhere, even though the city is quite modern. 

Traveling in-out

  • Milan’s International Airport, Malpensa, has connections with many international destinations, within Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Milan also offers a train if you like to travel by land to closer destinations, to other European cities in Germany, Portugal, Spain, France, and much more. 

Leisure

  • Milan’s Duomo is the city’s most important landmark located in the center of it all. While there is plenty to see inside this Gothic cathedral, there is nothing like the views from the top of the building, to see Milan’sold and new skyline coming together. The aperitivo is considered a must in the city. The pre-dinner ritual consists of sitting outdoors and light eating alongside your favorite cocktail. You can enjoy a glass of wine and some of the best dishes to the side of the canal, the Naviglio Grande. You can also book a boat tour and relax as you are swept around in the city lights. The city’s culture stands out on its art and architecture, with the Teatro alla Scala, one of Europe’s finest opera theaters.  The theater has a grand auditorium that offers an amazing experience, but also a museum where you can admire the glamorous red and gold of its structure. 

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Food

  • Milan is a mixture of old and new in all aspects, even in the kitchen. Some restaurants are taking on the challenge of offering modern versions of Milanese classics,  and the results are one of the local’s favorites. However, you can also taste some of Milan’s traditional dishes, such as the Risotto alla Milanese, or the Cotoletta alla Milanese!

Sports

  • Milan has a massive football stadium, the San Siro Stadium, one of the largest in Europe and the largest in Italy. Here you can live the games of AC Milan and Inter, the city’s two football teams. The stadium is also a fantastic spot for concerts! If you enjoy music and sports, the San Siro Stadium is a must when you are living here.

Day trips

  • The Italian Lake District is just 45 minutes north of Milan by train, where you can visit the Lake Como or Lake Garda in a wonderful day trip with friends and family. In the summer, many locals like to go to their holiday homes and resorts along the Ligurian coast, to enjoy the beach and the nice weather. In the winter, you can go skiing in Valle d’Aosta, and enjoy the mountainous and snowy weather to the north of Milan. 

We hope that you have found this guide useful.

Find more details, information, and KPIs about Milan in our Expat Guide.

The Fut-Ure Team will likewise be happy to help you to set up in the city if you are looking for a job in the region, or give you more information about the local Talent market (including details and advice in topics like Taxes and legal) if you are planning to open an office in Milan.

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