The 5 best university cities in Italy

Venice University... imagine going to class by gondola! / Wikipedia
Venice University... imagine going to class by gondola! / Wikipedia
9 September 2019, Eleonora Passetto

Tourists love them and the students who have lived there for a while on Erasmus never forget them: they are the 5 best known university cities in Italy and today we’re counting them down.

These university cities are beautiful, active, full of art in every corner and lively with events, exhibitions and parties. Come with us to discover which are the 5 most beautiful university cities in Italy and let yourself be tempted by a trip to any of these destinations or to help you choose the next step in your uni life.

Pisa, in the heart of Tuscany

The University of Pisa is one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian and European universities. Founded in 1343, it has a remarkable size, especially in comparison to the number of inhabitants of the city where it is. It’s no coincidence that this is the top university in Tuscany in terms of number of students.

Pisa is a pleasant city, known by all for its famous leaning tower and for the Piazza dei Miracoli, rich in history and tourism. If you are looking for an illustrious university in a lively city of art, Pisa is the place for you.

Bologna, the learned scholar

Bologna, "La Dotta", is the Italian university city par excellence and the oldest in the West, being founded in 1088.

Bologna is full of life and culture, with entertainment for all tastes. The city centre is bright, stimulating and full of activity. Today, its University has a wide range of programs at all levels. In Bologna there is a student population of more than 85,000 students, of which 30,000 are postgraduates and university researchers.

A city of this type, with so many activities at cheap prices, is the perfect place for young people to get carried away from time to time, surrounded by the beauty of the city and its secret places.

Milan and the thousand faces of northern Italy

Milan University / Wikipedia
Milan University / Wikipedia

The city of Milan is famous for its state and private universities. Italy’s foremost business city also offers a lot by way of entertainment: clubs, bars, luxury shopping, concerts, exhibitions, events, art, libraries, parks and culture.

Milan Fashion Week and the Salone del Mobile (International Furniture Fair) are just some of the most important events that take place in this city. If you are a follower of fashion, a lover of design and nightlife, Milan can offer you all this.... And much more.

Venice, Ca’ Foscari on the canal

Venice is a unique and inimitable masterpiece that needs no introduction. The city has always been an incredible mix of different cultures and it’s no coincidence that Venice university has a distinctly international flavour perfect for Erasmus students.

The QS World University ranking has included the Ca’ Foscari University among the 150 best universities in the world for "Arts and Humanities" and "Languages" and among the 200 best universities in the world for "History", while for "Economics" it is among the 250 best in the world. Those who have studied here describe it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Perugia, universities in Umbria

Perugia has a lot to offer. It is the capital of Umbria, one of the greenest regions of Italy, is home to an important university. The city, like all Italian cities, is extraordinarily beautiful and is also particularly multi-ethnic. Many foreign students have chosen it for their Erasmus year and it makes for a stimulating environment, while being far from the hectic metropolis.

The University for Foreigners of Perugia (Università per Stranieri di Perugia) is the oldest and most prestigious Italian institution dedicated to the teaching, research and diffusion of Italian in the world. Furthermore, there’s no lack of entertainment here and making new friends is easy!

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