Once settled in the city, if you miss your fellow nationals or you want to mingle with an international crowd for business or for fun, there are plenty of groups and association that can help you do just that. Here is a selection of the most interesting and fun ones.
American Business Luncheon
The premiere networking circle for English-speaking professionals that do business in and around Milan and northern Italy. Once a month the centrally-located luncheon draws a variety of attendees who are Corporate, Entrepreneurs, Small business owners, Professionals in such fields as law, medicine, finance and marketing. Attendees include both long time residents and those new to Milan, native and non-native English speakers. Membership is free – you pay only the cost of the luncheon at the door. Bring your business cards! And if you are a first time attendee, you will have the opportunity to briefly introduce yourself to the group: why you’ve come, what you offer, what you are looking for. Luncheons are held once a month. Info: www.americanbusinessgroup.org
Social group for expatriates and Italians aged between 30 and 40. Arrange evening events, movies in English, wine tastings, concerts,comic theatre productions and festivals at various places around Milan. No fees, no memberships, just show up when you like: http://aperonet.too.it
Benvenuto Club of Milan
Since 1967 the Benvenuto Club of Milan has been an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that welcomes English speaking expat and Italian women to join together in a spirit of international friendship for philanthropic, cultural, and learning fun. There are a variety of recurring and unique opportunities to meet from seasonal events to weekly coffees, from book clubs to hiking trips, museums visits and cooking lessons and much, much more.
Visit their website at www.benvenutomilano.net or email: email@example.com
Black Women Milan (BWM)
Black Women Milan (BWM) is a newly created group (2021) to bring together black women living in and around Milan. The purpose of this group is to celebrate Black culture, share information and experiences, build friendships, and help each other navigate life here in Italy. Their Facebook Group will provide additional info.
The British Chamber of Commerce
The focal point of the British business community in Milan and other major Italian cities. Activities in Milan include a monthly lunch – an ideal networking opportunity – on the last Thursday of the month, seminars, tax and legal round tables, as well as an interesting social calendar (wine trips, golf outings, etc). Further details on www.britchamitaly.com .
Casa Scozia and Oro di Scozia: the Italian Scottish Community
The home of Scottish Culture in Italy, Casa Scozia is an association supporting Scottish initiatives or events involving Italy; from Scottish country dance lessons, Tartan night, Whiskey day to St. Andrew’s Dinner Dance.
In the main picture of this article, you can see a shot from the St. Andrew’s Day 2017 event in Milan by Casa Scozia. In the middle: Mr. John Murphy, true Scotsman and president of the organization.
Another Scottish-friendly organization is Oro di Scozia, based in Como and led by the Italian Ferdinando Viti, who founded it to spread the Scottish culture and atmosphere in Italy.
Learn more at www.casascozia.org
Their events gather a varied community of both English-speaking locals and passing-by backpackers. The Milan chapter is the largest Couchsurfing group and also the most active one in Italy.
Its members organize all-year-round gatherings and silly events, such as the language exchange groups or the international aperitivos (10-50 attendees) or the huge annual events pillow fight in pyjamas and no-pants subway run, attended by thousands of glocals. The best way to learn more is checking the Milan Facebook group
An informal club for European professionals to meet and discover Milan. Monthly happy hours and other events are organised for members. Contact Maria Chiara Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional info at www.eurocircle.com,
The Hash House Harriers
The Royal Milan & Bordighera Hash House Harriers, is a branch of the original club formed in Malaysia by British colonists who, given the lack of hares or foxes in that distant land, invented a chase based on a human hare leaving trails (true and false) of flour. Today in their attempts to cater for “the fit, the unfit and the social misfit”, they hold a group 40 to 60min run in Milan on alternate Mondays at 7.30 pm, a run in the countryside every other Saturday or Sunday, and various other events. Info on their website at www.milanhhh.com
iBrit, Istituto Brasile Italia
The official organisation for Brazilian culture in Milan, providing information on the country, and organising various cultural events including children’s activities. For further information, iBrit, Via Borgogna 3 (MM1 San Babila), phone 02.7639.2273, e-mail email@example.com .
The Indian Association of Milan
A network aiming to support you when moving to or settling in Milan: connect with fellow expatriates in Milan, receive helpful advice and information about expat life in Italy. www.internations.org
The Irish Business Network Italy
The Irish Business Network Italy, is a network for the Irish community living and working in Italy as well as those Italian professionals with an interest in Irish business. It is a non-profit entity and membership is free.
With 100+ members the Irish Business Network Italy is very active, organising events on a monthly basis. Past events include a Reception with the Irish Ambassador to Italy, a concert by Traditional Irish music group ‘Inisfail’ as well as numerous pub quizzes and aperitivi. More info on their Facebook Group.
Milan Acceuil helps French and French-speaking people who have moved to Milan. It organizes meetings, social, sports and hobby events. It publishes the bimonthly “Tam Tam”. Info: tel. 02.4871.2519 (Thurs 9.00-15.00), email firstname.lastname@example.org . Milan Accueil, Viale Ranzoni, 17, Milan.
The Milan Cricket Club
Founded in 1972 by a brave group of UK expatriates. Fixtures are usually held on weekends in the countryside with lunch and dinner on Sunday. Visit their web site for additional info.
Milan Greeters, Free Walking Tours by Locals
Milan Greeters are volunteers who will share their love for the city with you in an enthusiastic and hospitable manner. A Greeter will walk with you through the city for a couple of hours and make you experience Milan in a unique way. For families, friends or people travelling solo.
Info at www.milan.greeters.info
The Professional Women’s Association (PWA)
P.W.A. is a dynamic group of international women with members from over 24 countries who share one thing in common: they all live and work in Milan and want to make the most of their time in the city. It was established in 1987, based on the need of working women for a resource and network with which to exchange information about living and working in Milan.
Website www.pwa-milan.org, e-mail email@example.com.
Bilingual group for those wanting to improve their professional and personal communication skills. Meetings held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 18:45-20:30 at Caffetteria S Stefano Piazza S Stefano 8, 20122 Milan (MI). Info: www.toastmasters.it, firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees apply.