Explore the metropolis of Milan, a trend-setting city in northern Italy.
Live like the Milanese and say si to la dolce vita when you travel to this chic, cosmopolitan city.
Milan is recognized as a global capital of design and fashion; it’s also Italy's leading financial center and home to a bustling business hub. Hosting an array of awe-inspiring architectural and historical landmarks, high-end restaurants, and upscale shops, there’s sure to be no shortage of things to do or sights to see in this dreamy destination.
Whether you’re exploring the glass vaults of Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II, trying the longstanding Milanese tradition of aperitivo, or window shopping luxury couture, inspiration awaits. Find yourself in the hustle and bustle of Milan as you follow in the footsteps of famous former residents like da Vinci and Verdi.
A trend-setting city. Alongside London, New York, and Paris, Milan is recognized as one of the four fashion capitals of the world for its influence over international design and fashion trends. Get ready to see some spectacular streetwear as you explore!
Feast your eyes. “The Last Supper” is one of the most famous and iconic pieces of art in the world; commissioned in 1495 and completed in 1498, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece lives in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie convent in the heart of the city.
Must-see for music lovers. La Scala is among the world’s most famous opera houses; many of the greatest global singers in the past two centuries have performed here since its inauguration in 1778.
Navigate the nightlife of Naviglio. By day, this neighborhood hosts a collection of charming artists’ workshops and boutiques; by night, Naviglio transforms into a vibrant destination for city-dwellers in search of canal-side cafés, lively bars, and trendy clubs.
Six centuries in the making. The Duomo of Milan is the second or third largest cathedral in the world (there is some debate!), though it is universally renowned as the largest to be built in the Gothic style. Construction began in 1836 and the final details were completed in 1965.
Try the traditional dishes. Dine on the city’s most famous meal, Risotto alla Milanese, then enjoy Panettone for dessert.
Annabel H., EF Gap Year Class of 2019 Boston University Class of 2023
My gap year took me out of my comfort zone so many times—and my life is better because of it. Now, as I head off to college, I am able to focus on my excitement rather than feeling nervous, because I have built so much confidence within the past year. If anyone is searching for a path to follow, a way to achieve their goals, or even just who they are, they need to take a gap year.