Living in Italy

Hilarious expat adventures

living italy expat book


paperback & ebook


Available at Amazon
and other retailers


Top Attractions
Milan Major Sights


Last Supper

Teatro alla Scala

Galleria VE
Castello Sforzesco
Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Cimitero Monumentale
Brera Art Gallery
Lake Como

EXPO 2015



Aperitivo & Nightlife


Art & Photography

Bars & Café's

Churches & Abbeys


Family Fun

Fashion & Design

Hidden Gems


Major Sights Milan



Parks & Gardens

Practical Info


Shops & Markets

Sport & Wellness

Squares & Streets

Theaters & Venues



Follow us

Facebook page Milan Guide AppTwitter Milan Guide App


top Attractions and sights


Quadrilatero d'Oro

Milan guide

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 Monte Napoleone is available at the RealShopping Italy 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.

Milan app

Get Milan & More: A Marvelous Travel Guide App for your iPhone

Copyright (C) Stef Smulders. All rights reserved.

Published by Sutro Media





"A unique introduction to 'the Italian way"



A charmingly lighthearted recollection"





Living in Italy

expat italy

Would you dare to follow your dream
and move or retire to Italy?

Stef & Nico did, although their dog Sara had her doubts.
Now from your comfortable armchair you can share in
the hilarious & horrendous adventures they experienced
when they moved to Italy to start a bed and breakfast.


For lovers of amusing travelogue memoirs who like a good laugh
Glossary of Italian words included! Learn a bit of the Italian language along the way
Practical advice on how to buy a house in Italy pleasantly presented within the stories



A charmingly lighthearted recollection” Kirkus Reviews

A comical, often downright hilarious account” Reader’s Favorite Review

Smulders’ storytelling artistry is wildly entertaining” Blogcritics/Reader Views