Transportation: The ATM Card

Guest Post By: Angela Li, a Junior. She studied abroad through Foster Exchange at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, during Autumn Semester 2023.

One of the smartest investments you can make in Milan is an ATM card. This card is your key to the city’s public transportation system, including trams, buses, and the underground tube. For around 20 euros per month, it’s a worthwhile expense considering how frequently you’ll use it to get around. Neglecting to purchase a ticket can lead to hefty fines, ranging from 50 to 80 euros, so having the ATM card is not only convenient but cost-effective in the long run.

While the Duomo is a popular spot for obtaining the ATM card, it can get extremely crowded around the times exchange programs begin. To avoid the rush and get a feel for the city, consider arriving a week earlier than your program’s start date. Fortunately, you don’t need a codice fiscale for the ATM card, making the process even more straightforward.

Grocery Shopping: Your Essentials

For your day-to-day needs, Milan offers several grocery shopping options. Esselunga and Amazon Fresh are excellent choices for purchasing groceries. Conad and Carrefour are convenience stores that also have a section for groceries. Exploring different stores can help you find the best deals and products to suit your needs.

Weather: Title: “Milan’s Weather

Milan’s climate diverges from Seattle’s, offering extended summers until the end of October however there is a quick transition to winter as the temperature rapidly drops from there. As autumn sets in, packing layers is essential for the swiftly approaching colder months, even though snow is a rarity. Navigating Milan’s climate demands a strategic wardrobe that adapts seamlessly to the city’s unique seasonal shifts.