9 best reasons to work in Milan (at Empatica!)
Imagine that you have been working at your job for a while. You like what you do and your coworkers, but you are thinking about a change. Would you be up to the challenge and the excitement of moving to another city? What about another country? If you are considering these points and would like to work for a company that builds technology to help improve people’s lives, Empatica may be right for you.
Empatica is a vibrant, young startup that has offices in both Milan, Italy and Boston, USA. Our primary products are the Embrace2 and the E4 smartwatches. We are rapidly expanding, so we are always looking for the best and brightest talent to join our team. Perhaps our Milan office could tickle your fancy.
Let’s go over the 9 best reasons to consider Milan, Italy as your next home.
1. Easily travel within Italy, Europe, and the world with the multiple airports and train connections.
Milan has three airports: Milan Linate (LIN), Milan Malpensa (MXP), and Milan Bergamo-Orio al Serio (BGY). The closest airport is Linate, which is about 8 km from downtown Milan, and the others are about 40-50 km away. With all of these airports, you can find cheap, international flights within Europe for weekend trips and also direct connections for longer intercontinental flights.
Milan is also well connected to other major Italian cities, such as Rome, Venice, and Florence, with high-speed trains. You can get to Rome in 3 hours!
2. High quality of life.
In 2019, Deutsche Bank ranked Milan first amongst Italian cities, making it 17th amongst the European cities and 35th in the world in its quality of life index. Similarly, in 2018, Milan was ranked the best city in terms of quality of life, compared to 110 other provinces in Italy by the newspaper Sole 24 Ore. They considered indicators such as standard of living, business and work, health and services, population and public order.
3. There are lots of fun things to do in the city.
At Empatica, we work hard, but we also enjoy spending our free time together in different activities outside of the office. Being in Milan, there is never a dull moment, so you can always find something to do.
Milan boasts a variety of art and history museums, exhibitions, events, and concerts. The city hosts two large Fashion Week events per year: one for men and one for women. Similarly, there is a Design Week event every April, which is mostly focused on design in architecture and furniture. During all of these events, special parties and exhibitions are organized throughout the city (some are even free and very close to the office!).
Milan is also a hub for concerts. If you don’t want to miss a major artist or band touring throughout Europe, they’ll probably stop in Milan. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Muse, Beyonce, Jay Z, and Coldplay are just a few who have done concerts here.
If you like winter sports (and can wait a few years), Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will host the February 2026 Winter Olympics. This will certainly be a must-see event!
4. The variety of international and Italian restaurants are a foodie’s dream come true.
In Milan, you can find any sort of cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Eritrean, Mexican, Swedish, American, Filipino, and much more. Of course, being in Italy, you can also find restaurants that feature the most famous Italian food of each region. There’s much more than just pizza and pasta! Oddly enough, Milan has the best seafood in all of Italy, so be sure to make a reservation to eat some seafood when you come.
We appreciate high-quality food here in the office too; one of the benefits of working at Empatica is free lunch every day!
5. There are many green transportation options to move around the city without a car.
Milan has an extensive network of transportation with the subway (metro), trains, trams, and busses. The cost of one ticket is 2€, which is relatively inexpensive compared to almost 5£ in London. If you live near a subway stop, you can get around easily. There are also shareable bike, scooter, and car services available, if you don’t want to buy your own.
6. Experience the Italian culture (sort of).
If you have always seen the Italian culture from afar and wondered what it’s like to experience it first-hand, then working in Milan will give you an opportunity to do so. Although Milan is much more international than other parts of Italy, the locals are always ready to assimilate you into their rich culture.
The Empatica culture is all about caring, so we go beyond just being colleagues, ensuring that any new starters get their own taste of the city once they’ve joined. We’ll take you out for an “aperitivo” (which has its roots in Milan) similar to a “happy hour”, and our Italian colleagues will show you their hand gestures to convey different meanings when speaking. Walking around, you’ll get to admire the unique architecture and street art.
Drinking coffee like an Italian is a skill to master. Thankfully, Italy is known for its coffee culture, and around every corner, you’ll find a coffee bar. The rich taste of Italian coffee, for some, is enough motivation to work in Italy, where coffee just tastes different and you can’t have enough of it!
Here in the office, we have an espresso machine with a never-ending supply of free Italian coffee. There are also cookies available for dunking. Be careful to not get the jitters from all of the caffeine.
7. Great tourism and activities nearby.
There are so many great activities to do in your free time around Milan. The city is surrounded by mountains, and beautiful lakes such as Lake Como and Lake Garda are close by.
If you’re adventurous, it’s easy to pack a bag for the weekend and go hiking or skiing in the mountains. On the other hand, if you’re more inclined to water, you can go swimming in the lakes. If you are interested in going to the sea, you can get to the region of Liguria by train, bus, or car in a few hours. One of the most unique parts of Liguria is Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage List. There are five picturesque towns on cliffs by the water where you can hike or take a train between them.
There are other fun seasonal activities to look forward to, such as the Christmas markets in nearby towns in the winter and “Carnevale”, or Carnival parties, at the start of spring like the huge annual carnival of Venice.
8. Rich expat/international community.
Milan is home to a lot of big brands and also the home of fashion, so it has a nice mix of expats and international students and workers, alongside the locals. You can find lots of meetups for language exchanges or more specific topics such as data science.
Empatica alone has more than 20 nationalities in one office, so you’ll have lots of international colleagues to mingle and share ideas with! We are actively seeking to create and maintain this multinational environment, which brings talent and experiences from across the world to create a dynamic atmosphere to work in.
9. You can finally learn Italian!
What better way is there to learn a language than in the environment where it is being spoken? Working in Milan means you can finally add another language feather to your hat by learning to speak Italian! Even better, Empatica offers free Italian lessons for its staff who would like to learn the language.
Have we convinced you yet?
If you are convinced that Milan could be your next move, head over to our Careers page to see the open positions. Before applying, learn more about working at Empatica by reading our blog post: What’s it like working at Empatica?
We hope to see you soon for an aperitivo!