Living in Milano

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The Comune di Milano offers a special website expecially dedicated to tourism and to cultural events in the city, where you can also download a complete tourist guide to the city (available in different languages) and several iPhone Apps to enjoy the city, its culture and its leisure: 

You can also ask for information to one of the two Tourist Offices in the city:

  • Piazza Castello, 1 - Ph. +39.02.7740.4343
    Opened from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm - Saturdays: from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 to 6:00 pm - Sundays: from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Milano Centrale railway station (next to platform 21) - Ph. +39.02.7740.4318-4319
    Opened from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Saturdays and Sundays: from 9:00 to 12:30 am

Among the main events there are: MilanesianaMiTo Musica and Villa Arconati Music Festival, the Fashion Week, the International Furniture Show, the Milano Film Festival. Among the Institutions engaged in the culture field we can find: Teatro alla Scala for music, Piccolo Teatro for pieces of prose, Triennale for contemporary visual arts, Cineteca di Milano for cinema, Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica for the scientific disclosure. Milano excels in sports, as it hosts several sport teams who won the most important international competitions (Milan and Inter for soccer, Olimpia for basketball). Milano is also the setting of an historical road racing event named Stramilano, that yearly attracts thousands of people. Autodromo di Monza (racing circuit) hosts Formula 1 competitions. You can have a look at the lists of public sport structures in Milano at Milano Sport.

Some special agreements between Politecnico di Milano and some theatres in town provide Politecnico’s staff with special offers and/or discount tickets. At the ticket counter of the following theatres and concert halls, by presenting your Politecnico badge, you can verify on which shows and concerts the offer or the discount apply:

Public Transports

ATM is the local Public transportation company, that holds subways, buses and trams either in the city centre and in the suburban area of Milano. On ATM website you can plan your journey and get information on the means of transport in order to reach you final destination. Also, on ATM website, you can download the smartphone App that will locate your position using GPS. You can download a complete map of all urban lines.  

The urban ticket is worth 1.50€ and it is valid for a single journey for a duration of 90 minutes after stamping. An urban monthly subscription is worth 35.00€. In order to purchase any kind of subscription, you have to request an electronic card that costs 10.00€ and is valid for 4 years. There are many further tickets and subscription solutions, you can see them on ATM website or ask directly at ATM Points, that are opened from Monday to Saturday from 7:45 am until 7:15 pm in the following subway stops: Duomo M1-M3, Centrale M2-M3, Cadorna M1-M2, Garibaldi M2, Loreto M1-M2, Romolo M2.

When you use public transportation, please don’t forget the following:

  • All tickets must be validated at the start of every journey
  • Remember to keep the ticket with you for as long as it is valid
  • Validate your ticket every time you change vehicle on the overground network (bus or tram)
  • On the urban railway network of Trenord and on Passante Ferroviario tickets are valid for only one journey
  • Urban tickets are priced at a flat rate. Extra-urban and cumulative tickets are priced progressively depending on the distance travelled between the departure point and the final destination

Sharing Mobility

Thanks to the Agreements between the Politecnico di Milano and some Sharing Mobility’s companies, you can take advantage of discounted rates for various transport services.

Experience a sustainable way of travelling, choosing the option that best fits your needs between: BIKE-SHARING, CAR-SHARING, SCOOTER-SHARING, BUS TRIPS and AEROPORTUAL TRANSFER.

Find out more visiting the website Campus Sostenibile.

Practical issues

Postal Service

Poste Italiane is the leading postal service operator in Italy, supplying mail collection and delivery, printed matter and parcels, telegrams, express mail and online services. Offices are usually open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm but many, especially in Milano, are open until 7:00 pm. Stamps, even the revenue stamp necessary for the permit of stay or for certifications, can be bought at tobacco shops and bars displaying a “T” sign. Some services, such as registered mail, are offered mainly by post offices. Please check for more details about all the services offered, office locations and timetables. Look for the “Sportello Amico”, a post office that supplies first issue and renewal permit of stay kits.

Phone Services

All phone services are provided by different companies which offer various services and rates depending on the time of the day, the type of call, etc. To sign up with one of the companies you need: a valid ID card or passport; a tax code (codice fiscale). It usually takes a few hours to activate your card, but in the meantime you can take advantage of free the internet facilities available around the city.

Useful Phone Numbers

  • 112 - Carabinieri (Police with military and civil duties), State Police, Emergency health assistance, Firemen
  • 02/0208 - Municipal Police (emergency call centre)
  • 02/34567 - Night-time and non-working day Medical assistance