The days are longer and Milan is full of life — but don’t forget to pack your umbrella because this Northern Italy weather can sometimes fool you. Studying in the Italian city is epic, especially when you have these 8 things students should do in Milan in the spring:
1. Look at Milan from the Palace of the Lombardy Region
This is a perfect plan for Sunday, because from 10am until 6pm, the 39th floor of the Milanese skyscraper gives you the opportunity to marvel at the sights of the city. Admission is free, and unless you go in large groups, you don’t need to book ahead. It’s just a shame that they’re not open until 8pm to watch the sunset!
2. Discover the Lombardy region in the Orto Botanico di Città Studi
The Orto Botanico di Città Studi is already open to the public with its more than 22km of extension. A perfect cultural visit for spring where you can see the multitude of plant species that are originally from the Lombardy region, as well as an immense variety of foreign species. It’s also the perfect backdrop for a picnic! The centre is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
3. Dance like crazy at Radio Italy’s Concertone
It’s not your 35th anniversary every year. That’s why Radio Italia is organising a celebration you cannot miss on June 8 and 9. In the heart of Milan, in front of the Duomo, the radio station will give a feast for all party lovers.
4. Taste the rainbow in the Color Run
Milan is one of those non-stop cities, and that’s why the Color Run has so much success among the Milanese public. The 5km race is returning just before the summer on June 10 — and it’s impossible to come out of it clean. Embrace your inner 5-year-old and show off the colourful stains among 300,000 other runners.
5. Mangia at Streeat Food Truck Festival
Any Instagram foodie will die of envy if they can’t make it to this event. You may think that Milan is just another victim of the food truck festival fever. However, that’s not the case. In Italy, one of the havens of food lovers, they’ve managed to give a personal touch to this type of festival: you can only find typical Italian food, confected by la mamma. Check it out on May 5-7 in Piazza Leonardo daVinci and on May 26-28 in Sesto San Giovanni.
6. Break a sweat at Milano Spring Parade
For those who want to spend a fun day in a young atmosphere, the Milano Spring Parade returns on May 7 at the Idroscalo in Milan. A full day of fitness, live music, and above all, water!
7. Take out your towel at Pixel Picnic
On May 7, thousands of people gather at Parco Sempione for one of the most epic picnics in Europe. You just need to arrive around 12pm with your own food and drinks. Don’t forget to pay attention to the organisers; they will let you know once they take an amazing drone picture of everyone!
8. Visit the high city of Bergamo
With the snowy Alps behind it, Italy’s città alta (high city), Bergamo, rises high. From Milan, this Italian city is a one-hour train ride away (take the R14 train from Milano Porta Gribaldi or the RE_2 from Milano Centrale), and it’s one of the most preserved and most striking medieval areas in Lombardy. It’s full of awesome places, like Piazza Vechia, where you can have a coffee break or stay a bit longer to taste authentic Bergamasco cuisine. Buon appetito!
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