BOCCONI UNIVERSITY was established as a private, independent, non-profit university in 1902, through a philanthropic gift from Ferdinando Bocconi in memory of his son Luigi, lost in war. Bocconi was the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics and management, and has played an important role in Italy’s social and economic modernization. Today it is considered one of the leading European universities in economics, management, finance, data science, law and political science. Bocconi University appears in the most prominent rankings which cover its areas of expertise, steadily positioned among top European institutions. The University has a growing reputation as a global research institution in the social sciences, with a worldclass faculty and a diverse student population. Besides its 14,000 students, Bocconi has a global network of 100,000+ alumni, 270+ partner schools, and 600+ employers. By virtue of these strong ties with firms/institutions and individuals, Bocconi is able to ensure a remarkable career impact: employment rate one year after graduation is in fact above 95%.
Bocconi School of Law has established its reputation among the major European law schools, with a high number of foreign students and extensive teaching in English. Besides a 5-year undergraduate degree in law, Bocconi offers two one-year LLM programs, one in European Business and Social Law and one in the Law of Internet Technology. The Bocconi PhD in Legal Studies comprises a specialization in Business and Social Law and a specialization in International and European Law, following a 25-year tradition of specialization in International Law and Economics.
Milan may be Italy’s second city in terms of size but it is the most important for finance, banking and innovation. On the international scene, Milan is renowned the world over for its fashion industry and design. For those who don’t follow fashion, the city is also well-known for being home to two world-class football teams – A.C. Milan and Inter Milan.
The origins of Milan go back to 400 B.C., when the Gauls settled and defeated the Etruscans. In 222 B.C. the city was conquered by Romans and was annexed to the Roman Empire. For about a century, Milan was the seat of the Western Roman emperors.
Its location in the north of Italy, as a gateway to the rest of Europe, has consistently meant it was a prosperous trading town.
In 1300 the Visconti family brought a period of glory and wealth to the city, building the Duomo (Cathedral) and the Castle. Their power was lost to the Sforza family, who invested heavily in the development of sciences, art and literature and many artists, including Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante, were brought to Milano to work with the Sforza Duchy.
For many centuries, Milan was under Spanish and then Austrian Habsburg rule. It successfully broke from Austrian rule in 1859 and joined the process of Italian unification that ended in 1870.
Following the Second World War, Milan was the center of the Italian economic miracle – the boom years.
What to Do in Milan?
Attractions not to be missed in Milan are the Duomo – the third-largest cathedral in the world; the Sforza Castle, built in 1368, it later became an elegant and stunning Renaissance residence; Teatro alla Scala Opera House – completed in 1776 and hosting superb theatrical productions; and Santa Maria delle Grazie – an elaborate church dating back to 1463, home of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting ‘The Last Supper.’ Leonardo da Vinci’s presence can also be seen at Italy’s largest technology museum, the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum. Here, amongst the museum’s large collections and exhibits is a gallery with Da Vinci’s drawings, and models of his inventions.
You can also enjoy the many art galleries and museums hosting everything from Classical to Medieval to Renaissance to Modern to Contemporary art and design. The industrialization of the city has also shaped the architectural skyline, which is reflected in many other architectural highlights, including the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade, Milano Centrale railway station and the iconic modernist Torre Velasca skyscraper.
If you have some time after the sessions, then you can have a stroll around the “Navigli” district, one of the most vibrant in the city boasting many restaurants, bars, and live music venues. Moreover, the area is known for its painters’ studios and the typical Milanese houses – “Case di Ringhiere.” The Navigli district is a few minutes’ walk from the Bocconi. Also not to be missed is a stroll around the Brera district, the famed antique area. With its hidden churches and cobblestone streets, it really is a delightful area. If you plan to stay on for a few extra days after the Congress, then we recommend discovering the areas around Porta Garibaldi and Porta Nuova, built up for the “World Expo,” hosted by Milan in 2015.
Another thing that should not be forgotten is that Milan is the city for fashion, with shops to suit all tastes and budgets. Finally, Milanese cuisine has much to offer and there are many innovative restaurants offering classic Milanese dishes like risotto and much more. Over the past few years, many international chefs have opened their doors in Milan so there is now a wide variety to be found.
Overall, Milan really is an intriguing city that manages to blend history, art, fashion and fun perfectly.
If you have some extra time, why not travel a little further afield and unwind for a few days? Lying at the foothills of the Alps, Milan is a stone’s throw away from the Italian lakes – Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Garda and the lesser known, but equally beautiful Lake Orta and Lake Iseo. Moreover, the renowned Italian Riviera is only a one-hour drive from Milan.
Travel Information (how to get there)
Bocconi University is located near the “Navigli” (canal) district of Milan and about a 15-minute walk from the world-famous Piazza del Duomo, considered to be the heart of Milan. Bocconi University is easily reachable both on foot and with public transportation from any of the main hotels based in the center of Milan.
Getting To Bocconi From Arrival Points
From Linate Airport
- By taxi it takes about 20 minutes and it costs approximately €30.
- Public transport. Take the bus 73 for San Babila. Get off at Cinque Giornate, take tram 9 towards Porta Genova. and get off the tram at “Bligny Lodovica”. Via Roentgen is opposite the stop. The bus ticket is €2.00 and may be bought at tobacco shops and newspaper stands inside the airport.
From Malpensa Airport
- By taxi it takes about 50 minutes and it costs € 95 (fixed rate).
- Malpensa Express. Take this train to Cadorna Railway Station (approx. €13), then take the underground (green) line 2 (direction Abbiategrasso Chiesa Rossa or Assago Milanofiori forum), Get off at Porta Romana and take tram 9 towards Porta Genova. Get off the tram at “Bligny Lodovica”. Via Roentgen is opposite the stop. The underground and metro ticket (combined and valid for 75 minutes) is €2.00 and may be bought at tobacco shops and newspaper stands inside the airport.
- Malpensa Shuttle. This bus takes less than one hour to reach Stazione Centrale (Central Railway Station), from Malpensa airport. It runs every 20 minutes and the price of the ticket is €10. From Stazione Centrale take underground (yellow) line towards San Donato), get off at Porta Romana, take tram 9 (Direction Porta Genova) and get off the tram at “Bligny Lodovica”. Via Roentgen is opposite the stop. The underground and metro ticket (combined and valid for 75 minutes) is €2.00 and may be bought at tobacco shops and newspaper stands inside the airport.
From Orio al Serio International Airport (Bergamo)
Please see https://www.milanbergamoairport.it/en/bus/
From Stazione Centrale FS (Central Railway Station)
- By taxi it takes about 20 minutes and it costs approximately €20.
- Public transport. Take underground line 3 for San Donato. Get off at Porta Romana and take tram 9 towards Porta Genova. Get off the tram at “Bligny Lodovica”. Via Roentgen is opposite the stop. The underground and metro ticket (combined and valid for 75 minutes) is €2.00 and may be bought at tobacco shops and newspaper stands inside the airport.
From Stazione Porta Garibaldi
- By taxi it takes about 20 minutes and it costs approximately €20.
- Public transport. Take the underground line 2 (green) and get off at Stazione Centrale. Here change to line 3 (yellow) for San Donato. Get off at Porta Romana and take tram 9 towards Porta Genova. Get off the tram at “Bligny Lodovica”. Via Roentgen is opposite the stop. The underground and metro ticket (combined and valid for 75 minutes) is €2.00 and may be bought at tobacco shops and newspaper stands inside the airport.
The Conference dinner will take place in the Foyer of the “Grafton Building”, Floor -2, Via Röntgen 1.