The university towns are all sparkling and active, very often full of art, culture and entertainment. In Italy there are many universities. The choice of the course of study, the teaching used and the prestige of the university are fundamental. But if you decide to study off-site , the city atmosphere and its peculiarities also matter a lot . With you we want to discover the 20 best university cities : follow the ranking!

20 – Trieste

Border town, a city of contrasts, but also a university city. Founded in 1924 as the Royal University of Economic and Commercial Studies, replacing the older Higher School of Commerce when Trieste was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is a university center of excellent quality in a city rich in history and … wind. Unfortunately you will have to take the bura into account, it is such a distinctive trait that it is impossible to ignore it. A multicultural city for historical reasons, which will conquer you thanks to its architecture, its position and its folklore .

  • Quality of university services: 4/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 3/5

19 – Matera
The city of the famous and very special Sassi , Unesco Heritage of inestimable value, and also a university seat. The small and recent University of Basilicata counts, in 2016, 7094 students enrolled. This year it took third place as the best small Italian university .
If you do n’t like confusion , you love admiring or photographing incredible landscapes and you like traditions and folklore , Matera could be the right choice.

  • Quality of university services: 4/5
  • Quality of urban services: 1/5
  • Fun and entertainment: 1/5

18 – Bolzano
Bolzano is a double city , strongly Italian but also strongly Austrian. His university is young (born in 1997) and trilingual : here the teaching takes place in Italian, German and English. In addition, the Faculty of Education also has a section in the Ladin language (no, it’s not Latin …).
A city full of castles and noble residences that offers numerous green areas and buildings and equipment for practicing many sports . It is the perfect university location for those looking for a polyglot , quiet and immersed in the quiet of the mountains.

  • Quality of university services: 4/5
  • Quality of urban services: 5/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 4/5

17 – Verona
The romantic Shakespeareian city of Romeo and Juliet is also currently the most renowned university in Italy . Founded in the early 1980s as a branch of the illustrious University of Padua, the Veronese university offers excellent advanced training courses and research paths .
Furthermore, Verona is a splendid city, full of activities and entertainment . It has its famous Arena , home to numerous concerts of international and local stars every year.

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  • Quality of university services: 5/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 4/5

16 – Modena
Photo by Pibi1967. Its university is the fourth oldest in the old continent , now joined to the Reggio Emilia pole. Modena is a beautiful city, lively and not too far from the frenetic Riviera Romagnola .
Emilia Romagna is a land of enjoyment, where people have always known how to have fun and live well and Modena is no exception. A little less “known” and smaller than the nearby university city par excellence (Bologna), Modena will nevertheless conquer you.

  • Quality of university services: 3/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 3/5

15 – L’Aquila
Photo by Pietro. At the foot of the Gran Sasso, L’Aquila attracts a large number of students . It is a historic city , although now much ruined by the earthquake. It is a culturally lively city , but far from the chaos of the metropolis. It has numerous departments scattered around the city and beautiful libraries. In the moments free from studying it offers many possibilities for recreation and entertainment. Although the wounds of the earthquake have irremediably marked it, it really deserves a little thought.

  • Quality of university services: 3/5
  • Quality of urban services: 2/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 2/5

14 – Padua
Padua is the city of the “3 without”:

  • it has a saint without a name (Sant’Antonio and simply for the citizens “the Saint”);
  • the lawn without grass (Prato della Valle is actually a square);
  • the Caffe without doors (the famous Caffe Pedrocchi, open day and night).

But it’s not without a university! Shakespeare liked the Veneto and here I set “The Taming of the Shrew”, defining it “cradle of the arts”. Moreover Padua offers any type of entertainment, day and night . Not bad, no

  • Quality of university services: 5/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 3/5

13 – Turin
Turin: city of mysteries and magic, efficient in services and proliferating on a cultural level . Its beauty is in the details. Home to many faculties and the renowned Polytechnic , it also offers historic bars and chocolate shops where you can indulge in moments of sweetness. Turin knows how to make you study, entertain and pamper you.

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  • Quality of university services: 5/5
  • Quality of urban services: 4/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 4/5

12 – Palermo

An ancient and renowned university in a splendid Baroque city by the sea : what more to ask
The University of Palermo, founded in 1806, is one of the largest Italian universities in terms of number of students.
Palermo offers you the warmth of Sicily, an excellent course of study, the beach of Mondello (among the most renowned and fashionable in Italy) and fantastic culinary specialties. You are still so undecided .

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  • Quality of university services: 2/5
  • Quality of urban services: 2/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 4/5

11 – Naples
If they have dedicated so many poems and songs to Naples so far, there must be a reason. It is a city full of contrasts, but which knows how to strike at the heart. Sparkling and superstitious city , rich in history and good food. Its historic center and Unesco Heritage. Naples has several universities, but the Federico II University is famous , one of the oldest in Italy and in the world. It has a primacy: it was the first state and secular, commissioned by the same Emperor whose name it bears.

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  • Quality of university services: 2/5
  • Quality of urban services: 2/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 4/5

10 – Trento
Photo of Greymouser. If you love the mountains and winter sports, Trento is for you! It is a pleasant city, full of services and a university seat. It has been rated as the second best state university for attractiveness towards off-site students and has the oldest faculty of Sociology in Italy.
A curiosity : in 1968 it was the first university to be occupied in Italy and became the cradle of the 1968 student movement and its protest. Trento is a city that has a lot to offer, very rich in art and traditions.

  • Quality of university services: 4/5
  • Quality of urban services: 5/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 3/5

9 – Rome
Rome has it all: art, history, culture, nightlife, entertainment and leisure . Lying on the seven hills and crossed by the Tiber, the eternal city bursts with life. It also owns 4 universities , so the university choice is wide.

  • Quality of university services: 4/5
  • Quality of urban services: 2/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 4/5

8 – Pavia
Photo of Sammytd. The beautiful Pavia offers peace and tranquility , as well as numerous services . Its students can boast the monumental University Library , one of the oldest in Italy. Furthermore, the University has an enviable amount of cultural heritage , just like its city. If you are looking for a university that offers you a peaceful university life, Pavia will not disappoint you.

  • Quality of university services: 5/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 3/5

7 – Florence
The cradle of the Renaissance is so rich in art, history and culture that it seems superfluous to underline it. A city that the world envies us for its beauty , uniqueness and landscape profile. A city full of tourists and students from all over the planet make it alive, current and sparkling.
Its fourteenth-century university with its priceless library heritage await you for a course of study immersed in beauty.

  • Quality of university services: 4/5
  • Quality of urban services: 4/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 4/5

6 – Siena

A small enchanting city , which comes alive in a crazy and almost anachronistic way during the famous Palio . If you are partygoers , you love fans but also art and history, Siena is exactly for you. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this small town set in a particular landscape will fill your heart with emotions. It also has a specific university for foreigners and its beautiful state university dates back to 1240.

  • Quality of university services: 4/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 3/5

5 – Pisa

The University of Pisa is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Italy and in Europe. Founded in 1343, it has a considerable size especially in relation to the number of inhabitants of the city that hosts it. It is no coincidence that it is the first university in Tuscany for the number of students.
Pisa is a pleasant city , known by all for its famous leaning tower and for its Piazza dei Miracoli, rich in history and tourists . If you are looking for an illustrious university in a lively city of art, Pisa is for you.

  • Quality of university services: 5/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 3/5

4 – Perugia
Perugia has a lot to offer. It is the capital of green Umbria , and home to an important university , it is a really pretty city and it is also multiethnic . Many foreign students have chosen it and make it a stimulating environment, far from the hectic metropolis. There is no shortage of entertainment and making new friends is easy.

  • Quality of university services: 4/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 3/5

3 – Venice
Venice is a unique and inimitable masterpiece that the world envies us. It has always been a crossroads of different cultures and it is no coincidence that its university has an international vocation . Of course, moving to Venice is not exactly like moving to other cities, but the charm it possesses is unbeatable. Those who have studied it describe it as a unique life experience in one of the most beautiful cities in the world . Well, we don’t have a hard time believing him!

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  • Quality of university services: 5/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 4/5

2 – Milan
The Milanese city is famous for its various and renowned universities , both state and private. Milan doesn’t need big introductions. The busiest and most frenetic city in Italy offers a lot: clubs, bars, luxurious shops within everyone’s reach, concerts, exhibitions, events, art, libraries, parks, culture. It is no coincidence that it is the capital of one of the largest and most important regions of the beautiful country.
It also becomes even more “business & fashion” during the fashion week . In short: whether you are a nerd, a fashion victim, a nightlife lover, eager to live in an intercultural financial center or just a student, Milan can offer you everything … except the sea.

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  • Quality of university services: 5/5
  • Quality of urban services: 3/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 5/5

1 – Bologna
It is the university city par excellence . “La Dotta” boasts one of the oldest universities in the West .
Unthinkable Bologna without students. Rich in life and culture, it offers entertainment for all tastes. Its center is alive, sparkling, stimulating and full of activity . She could only be the queen of the rankings.

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  • Quality of university services: 5/5
  • Quality of urban services: 4/5
  • Leisure and entertainment: 5/5
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