Just name Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Miuccia Prada, Krizia and Dolce & Gabbana and you think: Milan!
Love of fashion is still a main reason for many people to visit the city of Milan. Shops and shows abound as all major and minor brands want to be in one of the major fashion capitals of the world. This guide offers below an overview of the main shopping areas and streets, with overviews of the shops present .(click to open the panel with the additional information).
Palazzo dell'Arte or La Triennale
This museum is located in Sempione Park.
The 1933 building is called the Palazzo dell'Arte and was especially constructed to house the three-yearly art exhibition of Milan (till 2002). Since 2007 it is the home of the Triennale Design Museum, the Triennale Exhibition Center and the Triennale Design Café.
The Design Museum gives a unique overview of the experimentations and innovations of Italian Design of the modern era: furniture, household objects and much more are on display. The exhibit is renewed annually.
An overview of current exhibitions is available on the Triennale website.
Finish your visit with a coffee in the modern café which is a popular meeting place of the Milanese. WiFi Internet available. At Thu&Fri you may combine the Happy Hour aperitivo with the museum visit for 13 euro.
The museum is a short walk from Piazzale Cadorna and afterwards you can go for a stroll in the Parco Sempione.
Completely accessible to the disabled.
Milan's Fashion District
What the Bermuda Triangle does for aircraft, the Milanese Rectangle does for your money: it makes it disappear into thin air. If you are tempted to buy, that is to say. Fortunately they invented the credit card, so you won't notice (immediately).
This high-class shopping district is home of the world's major fashion brands, like Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Viktor & Rolf, Prada, Versace etc. You'll find jeweler's, boutiques and design and furnishing showrooms.
The sides of the quadrilateral are formed by Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia (sometimes it is also called the Triangolo della Moda, but is hard to see why).
An overview of shops at the Via Montenapoleone is available at the RealShoppingItaly website.
The district is not far from city center and the Poldi Pezzoli museum and Bagatti Valsecchi palace. The Giardini Pubblici are also close.
In the district you'll also find Caffe Cova one of Milan's oldest and most fashionable, founded in 1817.
A mile of shopping
From the north east corner of the Giardini Pubbliciprolonging the Corso Venezia, the Corso Buenos Aires, the longest shopping street of Milan heads north for over a kilometer.
The Corso Buenos Aires is a main artery of the city and has over 350 shops, with an emphasis on pret- a-porter instead of haute couture clothing (75 women clothing's shops). There are about 30 shoe shops. The main shopping mall of UPIM is also located here. There are 15 (wine) bars and a few restaurants along the way. A list of shops is available at the RealShopping website.
Along the way you'll have the possibility to visit the Museo Boschi Di Stefano and if you continue a little after Piazza Loreto you may visit the Santa Maria Bianca della Misericordia. At nr 33 is the recently reopened Teatro Elfo Puccini.
The street is easily accessible via the metro 1 red line which runs underneath the corso.
Peculiarity: when the street was built, it flanked the old Lazaretto (part of the wall still exists), made famous by the novel I Promessi Sposi of Manzoni
A mini life style emporium
Founded in 1990 by art gallery owner Carla Sozzani, the small art, design and fashion shopping center 10 Corso Como is now a well-known venue for socio-cultural events, among which the World Press Photography exhibition each year.
Located in the inner courtyard of a traditional Milanese palazzo,somewhat north of the Santa Maria Incoronate church, it also has a café, a bookshop and small hotel (called 3 Rooms) to offer. There are also an on-line shop and an Outlet Store (at Via Tazzoli 3) connected to the 10 Corso Como company.
Metro 2, Garibaldi stop
The new Montenapoleone
After years of hard work on what has been (and still is) one of the largest development projects in Europe (estimated cost 2 billion €), the entirely new Porta Nuova center is nearing completion right now,
Apart from business skyscrapers, green areas and residential buildings the new centerhouses over 50 shops, showrooms, art galleries and restaurants. The first, now almost completed phase is called the Corso Como District as it is directly connected to the existing Corso Como street.
Alongside the San Lorenzo Maggiore running a little north and mostly south is the shopping street of Corso di Porta Ticinese. This is the street to do your alternative shopping from little artisan-type shops, also second-hand.
Right beside the Colonne di San Lorenzo there is the medieval Porta Ticinese. At the far south end there is another Porta Ticinese, the neoclassical one.
Before reaching the end of the street you may want to visit the magnificent Sant'Eustorgio church and the Diocesan Museum.
An overview of the shops along the corso is available at the RealShoppingItaly website. You'll find 15 (wine) bars, over 40 women's clothing shops, several shoes' shops and restaurants.
Tram 3 Carrobbio stop
This street offers a range of major sights of Milan:
- the San Maurizio church
- the Museo Archeologico
- the Palazzo delle Stelline, now hotel and congress center
- the Palazzo Litta with the oldest theater of Milan, the Teatro Litta
- and last but not least the Santa Maria delle Grazie with the Last Supper of Leonardo
The list of shops along the Corso is available at the RealShoppingItaly website. You'll find over 10 wine bars, women's clothing shops and several restaurants.
Tram 16 or 27 Via Meravigli stop
Shopping & sightseeing
This important street starts off at Piazza San Babila and runs on for almost 1 km in north east direction. First it serves as the eastern border of the Quadrilatero d'Oro shopping district, then it flanks the Giardini Pubblici, to finally flow into another important (shopping) street, the Corso Buenos Aires.
Along the way you'll be able to admire and visit:
- Casa Fontana-Silvestri
- Palazzo Berri-Meregalli (a bit east of the main street)
- Palazzo Serbelloni
- Palazzo Bovara
- Palazzo del Senato (a little west)
- Palazzo Saporiti
- the Museo di Storia Naturale
- the Planetarium Hoepli
- the Porta Venezia
Across the Piazza Venezia/Oberdan at the end there is also the Casa Galimberti.
A complete overview of the shops at the Corso Venezia is available at the website of the street. You'll find 7 wine bars, 14 women's clothing shops, 8 shoe shops and a pizzeria-restaurant.
The street is easily accessible via the metro 1 red line which runs underneath the Corso.
The oldest pedestrian street of Milan
From the Duomo to Piazza San Babila runs one of the important pedestrian shopping areas of Milan, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, not to be confused with the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele at Piazza Duomo. The Corso is characterized by the porticoes that run along the whole street (nice in case of rain).
Along the corso you'll find a range of shops, see the site of RealShoppingItaly for an overview. There is also a mini version of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Galleria del Corso at the end.
In between the Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the Corso Europa (east parallel) is the little church of San Vito al Pasquirolo. At the same height a little to the left on Via San Paolo is the Palazzo Tarsis.
Right next to the Palazzo is the small square Piazzetta del Liberty with the peculiar modern building with the ex-Trianon facade pasted on it. In the new building you'll find the one Ferrari store of Milan.
At the end of the Corso, near San Babila, is the church of San Carlo al Corso.
Shopping city in modern design
In the North West of the city, near Monte Stella, you may want to visit a small city's worth of shopping, called Piazza and Portello.
On the location of the former Alfa Romeo factory terrain architect Gino Valle designed this modern shopping mall. See the website for the shops and facilities present.
The entire Portello district is in development with modern residential buildings and offices.
Since 2012 the largest square of the whole of Milan is ready with an automatic car park underneath and connected to a 65.000 sq m spiral sculpture park with a spectacular artificial hill.
Bus 69 stop Certosa Accursio or Certosa Grosotto, or 48 stop Ist. Pazalolo
Tram: 14, 19, 7 stop Viale Certosa Via Grosotto
Shops, museums, palazzi
The long radial that starts out from the Teatro alla Scala in north eastern direction, the Via Manzoni, is one of the more important, busy and interesting streets of Milan.
In this street you'll find, apart from shops (jewelry, antiques), bars and the like, the following interesting sights:
The Via Manzoni is also the western side of the Quadrilatero d'Oro fashion district. The Via Montenapoleone starts as a side street from the Via Manzoni.
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