A glance at the city…
When considering a trip to Italy, there is no reason that Milan should not be your first stop. Located in the northernmost region of Italy and surrounded by several airports, Milan is an ideal introduction to Italian life. Being one of the largest cities in Italy, and in Europe for that matter, there is certainly no lack of sites and wonders to explore here.
The first impression you will get as you arrive at the centre of the city is the magnificent architecture. This is exemplified at the main railway station, Milan Centrale, as the structure presents a mixture of architectural styles and is filled with various sculptures. It is a pleasant welcome if you are just arriving from the Milan-Malpensa Airport.
Next, it would be unthinkable to visit Milan without at least passing by the Duomo di Milan. The Milan Cathedral towers over the Piazza del Duomo as it shows off its intricate gothic style. The cathedral is also complimented by the adjacent arch leading to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you are led to various shops and restaurants under its beautiful glass ceiling. It may also be worth considering heading to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to catch a glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous mural, The Last Supper.
On top of Milan’s wealth of art and architecture, the city is also famous for its fashion, culinary arts, and music scene. You may even want to take the opportunity to catch an opera at La Scala, Milan’s world-famous theatre.
Connecting with the Italian culture
Besides the thrill of viewing all the art and beauty of this historic city, there is also the experience of interacting with the Italian people, which is typically a pleasure in itself. If you are a stranger to the Italian language, it should be comforting to know that it is usually not hard to find an Italian that can communicate with you in English. However, to enrich your experience even further, it would certainly be worth possessing the ability to express yourself in Italian. The Italian people tend to be very proud of their beautiful, romantic language, and they are often very accommodating to foreigners that make an effort to speak it.
By participating in an Italian Cultural Exchange in Milan, you can have the opportunity to experience all the splendour of the city while simultaneously integrating with the local community, making your stay even more noteworthy. In addition to learning the Italian language through formal instruction, there are also social activities organized to help put your studies into practice. Not only is this an ideal method for learning a new language, but it also creates an environment to meet new people and possibly form lasting relationships, which otherwise would be perhaps a bit more difficult on your own.
Through B&20 British School Italian Exchange Program, you can find an experience from which you return home with more than just photos, but a new perspective and knowledge of the Italian language and culture.
Or, who knows, maybe you will become one of Italy’s newest residents.
If the idea of learning Italian and expanding your cultural knowledge by immersing yourself in one Italy’s finest cities, please contact B&20 British School for more information about our Summer Italian Cultural Exchange program.