Italy’s richest region, often seems to have more in common with its northern European neighbors than with the rest of Italy. One of Italy’s largest regions, Lombardy lies in the north of the country, sharing a border with Switzerland.
The mountains, the plains and grand lakes of Lombardy form the perfect backdrop for a vacation filled with nature and discovering the territory.
The mountain like the Camonica Valley and Valtellina, with their popular resorts of Livigno,Bormio Aprica and hundreds of kilometers of slopes to match every ability level of skiers and snowborders.
In summertime, the mountains offer the excitement of climbing rafting, trekking and mountain biking, while the Stelvio Glacier offers skiers the challenge and adventure of its slopes, even in the warmest months.
The mountains of Lombardy are also a good place for a relaxing holiday, thanks to the various spas rich in therapeutic thermal waters - for example the Boario and Bormio Spas, surrounded by a beautiful park.
Lake Garda, Lakes Como and Iseo, are very relaxing but at the same time you can dedicate to sail, windsurf, water ski, canoe, cycle, trek, boat and take excursions to the surrounding areas.
Tourists can choose from countless itineraries to discover Lombardy’s most distinctive and unique features.
The Sacred Mountain offer exceptional spiritual and natural trails. In Valchiavenna one can discover the traditions of a land that was the meeting point between Italy and Northern Europe for centuries. The nature reserves around the Navigli Canals reveal many different and enchanting landscapes, from the hills of Brianza to the green banks of the River Adda.
Gourmands can follow any path, or even all, the Wine Routes, the Valtellina area to Lodi and Pavia Oltrepo or from around Mantua, and ends in Franciacorta, famous throughout the world for its sparkling wines. This is a unique journey through the terraces and the hills covered with vineyards, stopping at wineries is local producers to absorb their delicious wines and taste the well-known local specialty.
How to get around:
Lombardy has 3 big airport : Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate and Orio al Serio.
Malpensa: is the biggest one and most of the international flight departure and landing here. From here you can reach the city (Milano Cadorna) by Malpensa Express train around 11 Euros http://www.malpensaexpress.it/en/ ,or by cab that it’s around 90 Euros.
You can also take a coatch http://www.malpensashuttle.it/e-index2.php that connect Malpensa to Central Station in Milan but you will be stock in the traffic of the high way .
Linate: is the closest to Milan. You can catch the bus and in 25 minutes you are at Central Station in Milan. http://www.atm-mi.it/it/AltriServizi/Trasporto/Pagine/airbus.aspx
Orio Al Serio is the farther, and you can reach Milan through Train http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=4ddd1a035296f310VgnVCM1000005817f90aRCRD ,
- Shuttle bus http://www.orioaeroporto.it/Editorial/newsCategoryViewProcess.jsp?editorialID=2175 , or
- http://www.terravision.eu/milan_bergamo.html the ticket cost 5 Euros more or less
- Cab http://www.orioaeroporto.it/Editorial/newsCategoryViewProcess.jsp?editorialID=2176 .
From Milan and Bergamo through Trenitalia: http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=4ddd1a035296f310VgnVCM1000005817f90aRCRD company you can reach all the city of the Lombardy.
or rent a car http://www.airportmalpensa.com/car-hire.html
Step 1: Visa & Legal
Lombardy, is one of the regions of Italy that is part of the European Union. If you are coming from a EU country or one of the countries that are associated with the Schengen are(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area) you do not need a Visa to enter the Country. You can also stay there as long as you want.
If you do not belong to one of the 26 countries under the EU, then according to how long you plan to be in Italy, what you want to do there and where are you coming from, you will need a Visa.
If you want to go to Turin to study or are doing internships or training, please click the following link to see all the terms and conditions: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/immigration/study-or-training/index_en.htm or more details below
If the reason why you are going to Milan is to work, you need to get what is called a “blue card”, a special type of Visa that will allow you to work anywhere within the EU. http://apply.eu/BlueCard/Italy/.It is quite difficult to get it however, and requirements vary depending on your country of origin. Many people come to Europe to study first and then apply for a working visa afterwards because it is a bit easier to get (in Italy you can not be hire if you do not have at least an intermediate level of italian). Please follow the link below for further information about specific requirements: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/immigration/work/index_en.htm
Once you get the visa you can travel throughout Europe without problems.
If you come from an EU country, you can stay in Italy for up to three months without restrictions or formalities: you only need to have a valid identity document for travel abroad released by your country.
After three months from the date you will need to enroll Anagrafe of your Italian town of residence. You have to book an appoint at “ufficio Anagrafe” on
www.comune.milano.it, section ‘’Servizi on line’’ – ‘’Servizi Anagrafici’’ – ‘’Residenza Stranieri’’.
You have to present the following documents:
- passport or ID card
- one matriculation letter issued by the University
- photocopy of the documentation certifying the availability of adequate financial resources, about 5,400 euro (e.g. scholarship certification and print out of bank account)
- health insurance.
If you are a citizen of a country that does not belong to the European Union (and is not Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland , San Marino) and you would like to live in Milan or Italy for more than three months , you must apply for a residence permit within eight days of your arrival in Italy .
You can submit your application at any post office where there is the ” Sportello Amico ” .
You will need these documents :
- hotocopy of the passport page with your personal information , the page with the visa , any other page containing stamps;
- photocopy of the letter of invitation of the University stating the course you want to sign up, stamped by the diplomatic representation / Italian Consulate to issue a visa ;
When you submit the application to the Post Office , the clerk will give u the proof of the registration, which also indicates the user ID and password.
Until you have received the electronic residence permit , you will need to take with you this receipt (or a copy) and passport.
The post office will give you a s convocation’s document for the mug-shot ( with recognition of your fingerprint)at the Police , the Immigration Office of Fatebenefratelli 11 . www.portaleimmigrazione.it You can also check the status of your permit ( Foreign Area ) or www.poliziadistato.it ( residence permits ), you will need the user ID and password that you find on the postal.
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Step 2: Accommodation:
Milan is perhaps the most cosmopolitan city in Italy and for this reason it is renowned as the fashion and nightlife capital of the country.
Milan is divided in 9 zone: zone 1 is the heart of Milan while the others radially extending from the borders of the center to the periphery. in Milan there is the area C that is congestion charge, which regulates access to Ztl Circle of Bastions. if you live where the Area C is active everything is more expensive.
Living downtown is very expensive and generally those who live in this area are family for generations or workers, students are hard to find in this area.
For example in this area the range of the rent goes from 2.500 to 5000 euro or more for month.In this area you can find old street of Milan very quite or the main street that could be noisy.
Another area of Milan in Porta Genova and surroundings. here is a Mid -rage area and full of students or young workers.
When you move into a new place, it is necessary to find a suitable place to live. Choosing the right place to live is an important decision. So, looking for your ideal accommodation is not an easy task, the Room in the Moon is here to help. Check out the following links to give you an idea of what is available to you:
- http://www.bakeca.it/home.php Student only or young people
If you want to rent a house in Milan you don’t need any kind of document just visit the website and rent the house/apartment or room: single room (camera singola), double room (camera doppia) or an entire house.
In italy it is common to search your future house by web, only if you would like to buy one you do through Agency.
The main website to search an apartment to rent are:
Step 3 : Transport
Azienda di trasporti Milanesi, which is abbreviated as “ATM”, is where you can find different kinds of public transport like: Tube, Tram and bus. http://www.atm.it/it/Pagine/default.aspx
Before catch a public transport you have to buy a ticket.
there are different tickets:
- Urban Ticket: Fare: 1,50 € one way
Carnet 10 routes Fare: 13,80 €
BI4 4 journey Fare: 6,00 €
Daily ticket Fare 4,50 €
- 2days Ticket: fare 8.25 €
Weekly Fare 10,00 € 2 journey every day
Night Ticket: Fare 3,00 € From 8:00 p.m.
Step 4 : Work
Milan is a city overflow of shops, bars and restaurants. the easier jobs to find are a saleswoman/man, bartenders waitress.
As EU citizen or a member of the Schengen Agreement countries (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein), you do not need to apply for a special work visa. The European Union allows you to work in any EU member state.
Otherwise you must apply for a work visa at the Ministry of Foreign Affair http://www.esteri.it/visti/tipologie_eng.asp via the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate.
When you are looking for a job in Italy the most important skill is the language, you have to speak just a little bit Italian and getting better by time. Not all Italian companies hire people that do not speak Italian. The international company or big company hire people that speak English http://www.prospects.ac.uk/work_in_italy.htm
EEA countries have reciprocal arrangements whereby, if you apply for a certain document, you are entitled to healthcare in another EEA country at a reduced cost. For example, in United Kingdom, this document is called a European Health Insurance Card. However if you are coming from outside of EEA, until you start work, you will need to have your own health insurance.
You can find a job in Italy trough the agency http://www.italialavoro.it/wps/portal/italialavoro/ or thanks to the website:
Step 5: Health
EEA countries and Switzerland have reciprocal arrangements whereby, if you apply for a certain document, you are entitled to healthcare in another EEA country at a reduced cost.
If you have been successful in obtaining work in Milan, and you are making social security contributions through your salary, you can apply for a Social Security card by presenting your social security number at your local GP practice. With this card, you can take advantage of state healthcare. If you are here just for a trip you do not need the Health Care, the First aid in Italy is free.
The holders of a “European Health Insurance Card” (EHIC), issued in their country of origin, benefit from the medical services previously covered by E111 and E128 forms. EHIC allows a student to obtain access to the treatment which is “medically necessary” while on a temporary stay in Italy.
Citizens from outside the European Community, regularly staying in Italy, can choose between two possible types of health insurance :
- Public health insurance supplied by SSN: it provides complete healthcare upon payment of a fee of 149.77 euros per solar year, namely until 31st December in the year of payment. In this case, it is necessary to apply to the competent ASL, for the required bureaucratic fulfillment’s.
- Private health insurance which has to be bought directly at an Insurance Company.
Step 6: Money and Utilities
In Milan as in all Italy, the currency used is the Euro (€). The country is part of the Eurozone and so any European country using Euros will be familiar with this type of currency; the value of which does not change.
If you are coming from an area of Europe outside of the Eurozone, you need to exchange money. Click on the link below to work out the exchange rate of the Euro vs. other currencies:
If you are planning to stay in Italy for a long period, it is advisable to open a bank account – you will pay a monthly tax. Furthermore, it is a requirement to have a bank account in order to be hired by a company so if you are looking for full time work please bear this in mind.
Here some of the Italian Bank:
All the Italian bank as the prepaid Card and it is easy to have, you can top up your card by bank transfer (swift code) and allows you to withdraw cash in Italy and abroad and to make purchases online and in stores around the world, you do not need to have a checking account.
Thanks to the circuits of prepaid card, you can use anywhere, in Italy and abroad, on the Internet and in all atm point. you can check all the link above if you are interested on the prepaid card.
The international code in Italy is 0039 or +39
There are many mobile service providers in Italy and a selection of popular companies are provided below:
Depending on how you will use your device, there are many different types of contract to choose from, such as minute usage and Internet data for example. It is important to select the right plan for your budget, so it is recommended to spend a bit of time assessing all the options available to you. If you would like to stay in Italy less then a years it is better that you have a pre-pay plan instead of the contract.
if you rent a house/apartment you can have a headline plus internet:
These are the major telephone company in Italy.
If you are going to Milan to study then you should get an International Student Card that will get you plenty of discounts on the Cinema, museums, transport, restaurants and shops. In addition, the ISIC organizes plenty of activities that make it the perfect way to socialize as well. Please find further information in the following link: http://www.isic.org
Students have discount on city public transport subscription ( only if you do the monthly or year not for the single journey)
When planning to move to a new country, one of the most important things that you need to figure out is how much money you need for your household, in order to plan how much you will need every month.
The main household bills are electricity, water, gas and the Internet that is the owner’s choice whether to include the cost to rent or make paying your bills separately,generally speaking when you rent a house all these households are included on the rent.
The Internet and landline usually cost about 40€ a month and typically includes broadband with unlimited national calls. You can find all the headline company above.
Step 7 : Food
One of the best things in Italy is food. You can find all kind of foods in a open-air-market, groceries or supermarket. Well, about the groceries and the open air markets there are not website to look for you can jump into when tou are walking in the city. about the supermarket you can take a look on the list here below:
Risotto alla Milanese : This dish is a world-renowned mix of creamy arborio rice , saffron , grated cheese, butter , white wine and chicken broth. Like most Milanese specialties , the beauty of the dish lies in its simplicity, the high quality ingredients , like saffron , one of the most expensive spice in the world, and, of course , the love that cooks add in Milan !
Risotto alla Milanese saltato : Take the above risotto , then add an egg and fry in a pan . It’s the perfect way to reuse leftover risotto Milanese and a classic comfort food !
Cotoletta alls Milanese : A thick, crispy veal cutlet , still on the bone , fried.
Orecchio di Elefante : Another variant of cotoletta , the name of this dish means ” elephant ear”. It ‘sa much larger, thinner fried cutlet topped with tomato salad.
Polenta : A hearty dish stick-to -your- bones cornmeal that can be overcome with endless possibilities or served as a simple side dish. Popular polenta recipes include the addition of meat sauce, sausage and mushrooms , blue cheese, or butter.
Trippa alla Milanese : Many centuries ago, Milanese ate this dish to celebrate special occasions , especially after midnight mass on Christmas. Also known as busecca in Milanese dialect , this soup is a rich blend of high quality tripe , bacon, white beans , vegetables and grated cheese.
Ossobuco : Beloved worldwide , braised veal shank are until the meat falls off the bone , then cooked with tomatoes, vegetables and white wine. It is usually accompanied by risotto alla Milanese . This dish literally means ” bone with a hole ” in Italian , and many argue that the best way to finish the dish is to scrape the bone marrow with a small fork and spread on freshly baked bread.
Cassoeula : The trick to make this pork, sausage and cabbage stew ? Leave no part of the pig behind . Yes, this means including the ribs , tail , ears, and even the head . Although there is debate about including offal , the chefs will discuss whether or not to add the tomato sauce .
Minestrone alla Milanese : The majority of the Milanese cuisine tends to be rich, then this is a great option on the lighter side : a medley of vegetables, sometimes topped with bacon. Ingredients depend on what is in season . The soup is served hot in winter and warm in summer.
Panettone: a soft, sweet bread filled with candied fruit and raisins, sometimes accompanied by a sauce of mascarpone cream. This dessert, a staple of Christmas, is usually worn as a gift during the holiday season. On February 3, Italians commemorate Saint Blaise (San Biagio), tradition has it that eating a slice of dry cake left over for Christmas breakfast will ward off the flu and protect the nose and throat.
Everywhere you are in Milan you can find all types of restaurant http://www.yelp.co.uk/search?find_desc=restaurant&find_loc=Milano%2C+Italy .
Step 8: Social
The downtown area it is called posh area, so there are exclusively night clubs, pubs, and restaurants. http://www.yelp.it/search?find_desc=nightlife&find_loc=Milano&ns=1&ls=b0e2bb94bc9634ac#find_desc=club&cflt=danceclubs,nightlife,restaurants&l=p:IT-MI:Milano::Centro_Storico
Porta genova/Navigli is kind of alternative easygoing area, and you can find a lot of pubs, restaurants and some clubs. this area it is also famous for the Navigli http://www.yelp.it/search?cflt=nightlife&find_loc=Milano#find_desc&l=p:IT-MI:Milano::Porta_Genova
here you can find all the trend local in Milan: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/413__milan/116__nightlife.php
are you in Milan for shopping? dont’ to know where to go? here below some idea!
- Quadrilatero della moda -Fashion district, shopping luxury: We are in the historical center of Milan, home to fashion boutiques and luxury shops, jewelry stores and showrooms of designers. Ideally, the Fashion District is closed between four roads, Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia, but also the internal streets are hunting for Japanese and Arabs tourists.
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele & La Rinascente: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the most prestigious shopping streets of Milan. With the porticoes on both sides of the walkway and central Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is a series of branded stores, clothing and several young showcases intimate. Towards the end, at the Piazza del Duomo, you can find La Rinascente. In the 11 floors occupied by the mall you will find all the products one could wish, from cosmetics to accessories for the home, clothing casual to elegant: the seventh floor, fully glazed with views of the spiers of the cathedral there are restaurants and bars
- Navigli, vintage store young and very casual punk rockers style 70s and 80s, but also showcases beautiful antiques, art studios and workshops. there are two markets in the Navigli area: Fiera di Senigallia and the Mercatone dell’antiqariato. The Fair, near the station of Porta Geneva, is the flea market of Milan (only on Saturdays),the Mercatone only takes place on the last Sunday of the month on the banks of the Naviglio Grande.
Step 9 : Sight-seen
In Milan there are a lot of things to visit: Duomo is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and become the most popular tourist attractions in Milan. Piazza del Duomo, the square where the cathedral is the center of the historic area of Milan, you can go also on the top of the Duomo and having the skyline of all the city.
In this square there is also a statue of Vittorio Emanuele, Palazzo Reale, the Duomo Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art- Museo del 900
The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan http://www.tickitaly.com/galleries/davinci-last-supper.php the castle is located near the center of Milan. Inside the castle you can see the palace artifacts and architectural details art of Michelangelo’s last sculpture. There was also a museum of ancient art, a collection of musical instruments, parts of Egypt and prehistoric archaeological museum
Castello Sforzesco http://www.milanocastello.it/ing/home.html
Teatro alla Scala is one of Italy’s historic opera house. Attending an opera at La Scala is a peak experience for fans of opera, but you must book tickets in advance. http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/
Galleria Vittorio Emanule was built in 1867. This place has huge glass roof and the inside lined elegant shops, Inside this place there is also a mosaic with the symbol of the new cities of the united Italy. This gallery connects two of Milan’s most famous landmark is the Duomo and the Teatro Alla Scala.http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187849-d194342-Reviews-Galleria_Vittorio_Emanuele_II-Milan_Lombardy.html
Parco Sempione: you can relax or take a walk in the park Parco Sempione, between the fort and the Porta Sempione and Giardini Pubblici or public park, outside the historic center of the Corso Venezia where you will also find the Museum of History nature.
Step 10: Culture & Language
Lombardy is an international region especially Milan, the center of the economy and fashion of Italy and international. For example, in public places and stores all employees speak English so there are no communication problems.
- Lombardy it’s a good place to learn italian, there are different school for foreign people in all the major cities.