Milan: Shopping in the Capital of Fashion
Fashion and Milan have a lasting tie, Milan is the first city in Italy for the number of people employed in the fashion field (80,000 people) and it is estimated that the turnover amounts to 18 billion Euros. Knowing this connection is useful to understand the importance of this city and better appreciate the top tourist attractions that it offers.
One of the most original routes to follow, in fact, is the luxury shopping itinerary, designed primarily for those who love to buy clothes and accessories on vacation and for those who love to discover new stores, historic shops and trendy venues.
To follow this itinerary you’ll need advices by locals, daily immersed in the cosmopolitan mood that characterizes the capital of Lombardy: the stopovers are recommended by Hotel Windsor Milan, located close to the most elegant streets of the center and ideal starting point.
Credit: Flickr user Slayer
Fashion walk in Milan center
It is inevitable to start with the most famous district, the Quadrilatero della Moda (Fashion District), including 4 streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia, where there are boutiques, ateliers and showrooms of the high-class international brands such as Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Bulgari, Prada, Fendi, Chanel, Alberta Ferretti, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Cartier, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferrè, Kenzo, Pierre Cardin.
To get an idea of the number of luxury shops located at Via Montenapoleone, you only need think that this street ranked as the sixth most expensive shopping street in the world, according to the “Main Streets across the world” index, among Fifth Avenue in New York, Oxford Street in London, the Avenue des Champs-Éysées in Paris, Causeway Bay in Hong Kong and Pitt Street Mall in Sydney.
Via Manzoni, once called “lane of the Garden,” is also interesting from the architectural point of view, because of its neoclassic buildings, the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, a house museum that houses Baroque and early Renaissance artworks, and Gallerie d’Italia, exhibition venue dedicated to the XIX century.
Credit: Flickr user Jason Paris
Via della Spiga, a pedestrian zone paved with cobbles, it is recommended not only for fashion ateliers but also for the gardens of Villa Reale and Palazzo Garzanti, realized in the 30s by the designer Giò Ponti.
The surrounding streets suggested for shopping are via Borgospesso, via Bagutta, via Santo Spirito and via Sant’Andrea, where stands the Palazzo Morando, seat of Costume Moda Immagine, museum dedicated to collections of precious fabrics and new fashion trends.
To finish the walk you should visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where there are nice restaurants and cafes and where the central octagonal is believed to be the “drawing room” of the city, a meeting place for tourists and Milanese people. Thanks to the presence of fashion brands and shops of all kinds, Milan is the dreamy destination for those who want to renew look and make original gifts rather than the usual souvenirs.
Waiting for Expo 2015, the city is preparing to welcome so many travelers and fulfill the demands of the most selective tourists.