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If you plan to visit Italy but don’t know where you start, you can find many tips in the following article.
There’s a lot to take into consideration when choosing your perfect location. Life in provincial places will, of course, be different from big, modern Italian cities. Coastal towns might be spectacular, but they’re pricier than inland.
NORTH OF ITALY: MILAN AND LAGO DI COMO
Milan is diverse and as lively and relaxed as a fashion capital should be. However, Milan is primarily a working and business city, so it offers all the perks and drawbacks that come with this.
As with any big European city, Milan is chaotovercrowdedted, polluted, and lacking concrete. For urban fans, it offers a lavish lifestyle. The restaurants and cafes provide food from all over the world. Museums, exhibitions, cultural activities, and entertainment are ayear-roundund.
Milan might be industrial, but it’s still Italian. This means Roman roots and tons of ancient history. You can still find the Roman walls surrounding Mediolanum (Milan’s name when it was a Roman capital).
Nowadays, Milan is a city with a vast cultural heritage, but it’s also an important centre for finance, fashion, and technology.
Milan is highly walkable, so many residents don’t own a car. In the city centre, you can walk anywhere in the time it takes to find a parking space.
Also, if you want to travel out of town on the weekends, you can move by car.
Milan has a very developed network of car-sharing. The best thing about Milan’s car-sharing services is that many will accept international and non-EU driving licences. Also, all car-sharing vehicles can operate without a fee within Milan’s central city ecozone, Area C.
Milan is well-connected internationally and to other areas of Italy. Lakes Como and Maggiore are easy to reach, and ski slopes are close.
If you don’t want the 24/7 chaos of city life but still want to be within easy reach of Milan, try looking at some nearby towns: Monza and Varese.
Alternatively, you can live on Lake Como in places like you are after a quieter and more serene life not too far from the buzz of Milan. Head to Lake Como to find your ideal location: Lecco or Como.
You can choose from several charming towns around the lake, with Colico, Lecco and Como being the most popular. Several other cities, like Varenna, Menaggio and Bellagio, are also located along this deep blue lake.
Como city and the nearby towns such as Cernobbio, Torno, Blevio and Moltrasio are becoming more popular with older ex-pats. The whole area is bliss for retirees.
The main advantage of living in Como or nearby is that you live in a beautiful and scenic area while all the primary services are 15 min away by car. You are also near Milan (40 minutes by train) and 5 km from Switzerland.
Compared to Milan, daily life in Como is simple: you can always walk on the lakeside and go to cafes downtown. Don’t count much on entertainment, events or exuberant nightlife, although the town centre has lovely cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Do you like walking? Como provides the most impressive and scenic walks you can ever find: the town’s narrow streets with colourful buildings lead you to a fantastic promenade that wraps around the lake's southwestern tip. What’s more, it’s surrounded by nature parks, all free.
The mountains surrounding Como are stunning. If you are into hiking, this is just the place. There are also spectacular mountain bike trails, sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.