This article was written by Sophie J Green, published on 30th March 2010 and has been read 22635 times.
Useful local words: Apperitivo or happy hour - most bars have a set time in the evening (normally 7-9.30) where for the cost of one drink (around 7 euros), you can help yourself as many times as you like to an extensive buffet of food. Expect salads, pizza, pasta dishes, and cold meats but some extend to oysters and desserts, and Indian and Japanese-themed aperitivo can also be found. Cheese, Obika and Trattoria Toscana are all highly recommended!
What not to pack: Towels - you can easily get some while you're out here. Bedsheets too for that matter!
What to pack: Mosquito repellent - the city has loads and they stick around until November.
Couldn’t have done without: A guidebook.
Word of advice: If looking for a room in an apartment in Milan, be aware that many internet adverts are scams. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is! Never give any money over before seeing the apartment.Sophie J Green, Italian and English Literature, Edinburgh University