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Ranking of the 20 best cities Italian university students

The university cities they are all sparkling and active, very often rich in art, culture and entertainment. In Italy there are many universities. The choice of the course of study, the didactics used and the prestige of the university are fundamental. But if you decide to studying off-site, it also matters a lot the city atmosphere and its peculiarities. 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's a university center of excellent quality in a city rich in history and ... wind. Unfortunately, you will have to take into account the bura, it is such a distinctive feature 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 World Heritage of inestimable value, it is also a university. The small and recent University of Basilicata, has, in 2016, 7094 students enrolled. This year he conquered the third place as the best small Italian university.

Se don't like confusion, you love to admire or photograph incredible landscape views and you like them traditions and folklore, Matera could be the right choice.



  • Quality of university services: 4/5
  • Quality of urban services: 1/5
  • Leisure 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: teaching takes place here in Italian, German and English. In addition, the Faculty of Education also has a section in Ladin (no, it's not Latin ...).
A city full of castles and noble residences it offers numerous green areas and buildings and equipment for practice many sports. It is the perfect university venue for anyone looking for a polyglot environment, 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 presently the most renowned University of Italy. Founded in the early 80s as a branch of the illustrious University of Padua, the Verona university offers excellent advanced training courses and research courses.
Furthermore, Verona is a splendid city,full of activities and entertainment. He owns his famous Sand, seat every year of numerous concerts of international and local stars.

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

16 - Modena

Its university is the fourth oldest on the old continent, now joined to the Reggio Emilia hub. Modena is a beautiful city, alive and not too far from the hectic Riviera Romagnola.
Emilia Romagna is a delightful land, 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

At the foot of the Gran Sasso, L'Aquila attracts a large number of students. It's a historical city, although now much ruined by the earthquake. It's a city culturally alive, but far from the chaos of the metropolis. It has numerous departments scattered around the city and beautiful libraries. In moments free from the study it offers many possibilities for recreation and fun. 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":

  • has a saint without a name (Sant'Antonio is simply "the Saint" for citizens);
  • the lawn without grass (Prato della Valle is actually a square);
  • the Café without doors (the famous Caffè Pedrocchi, open day and night).

But it is not without university! TO Shakespeare he liked the Veneto and here he set "The Taming of the Shrew", defining it "cradle of the arts". Also Padua offers any kind of entertainment, day and night. Not bad, right?

  • 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 proliferates on a cultural level. Its beauty is in the details. Seat of many faculties and the renowned Polytechnic, also offers historic bars and chocolate shops where to indulge in moments of sweetness. Turin knows how to make you study, entertain and pamper you.



  • 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 could you ask for? The University of Palermo, founded in 1806, is one of the largest Italian universities by number of students.
Palermo offers you the warmth of Sicily, an excellent course of study, the Mondello beach (among the most renowned and fashionable in Italy) and fantastic culinary specialties. Are you still so undecided?

  • 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 will be a reason. It is a city full of contrasts, but which knows how to strike at the heart. Sparkling and superstitious city, full of history and good food. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Naples has several universities, but theFederico II University, among the oldest in Italy and in the world. It has a record: it was the first state and secular, commissioned by the same emperor whose name it bears.

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

10 - Trento

If you love the mountains and winter sports, Trento is for you! It's a pleasant city, full of services and university seat. It was rated as the second best state university for attractiveness to non-resident students and possesses 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 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 well 4 universities, therefore the university choice is wide.

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

8 - Pavia

The beautiful Pavia offers peace and quiet, as well as numerous services. His students can boast the monumental University Library, among the oldest in Italy. In addition the University owns an enviable amount of cultural heritage, exactly like his 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 inart, history and culture which seems superfluous to underline it. A city that the world envies us for its own beauty, particularities and landscape profile. A city full of tourists and students from all over the planet make it alive, current and sparkling.
Her 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 lovely little town, which comes alive in a crazy and almost anachronistic way during the famous palio. If you are party people, you love fans but also art and history, Siena is exactly for you. His 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 owns a specific university for foreigners and its beautiful state university it even dates back to the 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 Italian and European universities. 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. IS' capital of green Umbria, is home to a important university, it's a really nice city and it is also multiethnic. Many foreign students have chosen it and make it a stimulating environment, far from the hectic metropolis. The fun then there is no shortage 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 crossroads of different cultures and it is no coincidence that his university has one 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!

  • 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 several and renowned universities, 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 larger regions and important ones of the Bel Paese.
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.

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

1 - Bologna

E' 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 activities. She could only be the queen of the ranking.

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