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NORTH OF PIAZZA DUOMO
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the classic choice for the start of a city centre stroll, a large pedestrian zone linking the central Piazza del Duomo with Piazza San Babila, giving the choice of either shopping or monuments and museums. Along the Corso there are many clothing shops that cater for all tastes including the younger market. It is the street where the low cost stores have joined forces with designers creating collections to suit all needs, including trendy and affordable collections. The architectural layout of the area, with its wide porches, enhances the street's shopping experience. Visitors to the city, as well as the Milanese, love to sit at the tables of the bars under these arcades to chill out in the shadow of the Madonnina.
Corso Venezia is the street that unites the two most important centres of Milanese shopping: San Babila, entrance to the fashion 'quadrilateral' and Corso Buenos Aires, the popular reference point for city shopping. In the first part of the street, starting from the centre, there is a myriad of shop windows boasting fashion names but heading north the lovely green atmosphere of the district takes over. This is due to the presence of the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli gardens which favoured the introduction of the Liberty stile at the end of 1800 with its sumptuous palazzi, much loved by the elegant bourgeoisie Milanese of the period.
Corso Buenos Aires
A commercial stretch of over a kilometre long with a multitude of shops offering various types of merchandise. Corso Buenos Aires is always busy at any time of day; it meets the needs of many whether you want to buy a shirt or a pair of pants, spectacles or a good book, or even jewellry, shoes or sporting goods.The street, which spans from Piazza Oberdan (Porta Venezia), is a continuation of Corso Venezia going straight to Piazzale Loreto. It is served by 3 metro stops on the M1 red line (Porta Venezia, Lima and Loreto).If you have some free time available pause a while on this street, where the bars and pizzerias invite you extend your busy shopping schedule.Moving north in the direction of Piazzale Loreto lies Corti di Baires, with attractive shop windows and an outdoor seating area that invites shoppers to relax between purchases, snatching a few moments from the enjoyable frenzy of impulse buying.
SOUTH OF PIAZZA DUOMO
Starting from the centre of the city it is one of the most important shopping streets that connects Piazza del Duomo with the Navigli area. In the past it was packed with artisan shops and workshops, now it is one of the major centres of Milanese shopping catering for every taste and style but with particular focus on the younger market. Its city centre location has always favored this particular vocation. So, strolling between monuments and artistic jewels such as the Basilica of Santa Maria presso San Satiro, you can admire numerous eclectic shop windows.
Corso di Porta Ticinese
Here you can find the more alternative shops and boutiques, designer labels sit alongside handcrafted items, the outcome of expert artisan skills. Ideal for those looking for original one-off shops, cult places for clothing or niche footgear. It is 'the place to be' for vintage clothes, tailor-made garments or natural and ethnic products, great for those looking for funky fashion accessories. Footwear, clothes, jeans and sporty chic accessories; a vast assortment to be unearthed.
Lofts, design and photographic studios, showrooms, workshops and fashion studios - this is one of the new and characteristic faces of the city. Restored sites and buildings constructed from basic materials such as iron or brick and furbished with large lofty windows and skylights characterise this area. Via Tortona, Via Savona, Via Bergognone not just one of the most interesting design areas but also a new place on the map for browsing or quality shopping. In addition to the big names temporary shops have become the trendy new phenomenon: spaces that are opened for a limited period, usually for a few weeks. Their success is due to various factors: the novelty of the venue and the focus of consumers' attention on a brand or a product that entices the temporary visitors to take advantage of the opening period.
IL QUADRILATERO DELLA MODA (FASHION QUADRILATERAL)
Sports cars parked at the curb, celebrity spotting and a tad of designer frenzy. Plus, the windows. These are just some of the ingredients that characterise via Montenapoleone. The name itself serves as an international calling card, immediately conjuring up the attractive lure of the big names.We can say, without any doubt, that Via Montenapoleone represents the living symbol of Made in Italy and is the reflection of an important city that attracts visitors from all over the world. This is the street where you can count on finding all the high fashion garments, jewelry, watches and every other item that represents excellence on the market with a huge variety of proposals. However, the street also knows how to reveal unexpected and sophisticated surprises like the 'boutique of taste' where you can savour holistic new emotions.During the main fashion shows models flock here from all over the world, VIPs mingle with the merely curious who want to experience for themselves the unique shopping district in the world capital of fashion.
Want to know which are the most exclusive products of sophistication, luxury and elegance? Do you have a special wish? Would you like to give in to a whim and buy that gift that you have been aspiring to for a long time? This is the right place in the city. Via Sant'Andrea crosses via della Spiga and is parallel to via Gesù: we are in the heart of the famous 'quadrilateral' of fashion, where the ancient courtyards are filled with workshops and designer showrooms. The street is home to Palazzo Morando, a space dedicated to creativity, which also shows films pertinent to the history of costume.
Via della Spiga
Enter into via della Spiga and you're immediately struck by the beauty of the window displays and the profusion of the most famous brands in fashion. The politeness and elegance of the in-store staff contributes to this special feel.The cosy, secluded atmosphere of the street, an oasis closed to pedestrian traffic, invites and entices you to calmly enjoy browsing the shop windows. The cobblestone street merging with the luxurious facades of the buildings gives a particular degree of pampered sophistication to the setting.However, what you are about to embark upon is a walk that is anything but 'tranquil' because on offer is an extensive range of proposals to be seen, alternating superb taste and creativity.
Via del Gesù
More intimate than other streets of the 'quadrilateral', via del Gesù is home to the renowned international designer shops and gems of Italian craftsmanship, fruit of the great manufacturing tradition. Rare items that are not found in all cities. Here lies the renowned Four Seasons Hotel, a temple of hospitality that offers a characteristic refined and intimate atmosphere and the famous house-museum-Bagatti Valsecchi, which boasts a large collection of modern art.
Via Manzoni starts from Piazza della Scala and is one of the most sought after shopping destinations in the city for its variety of shops and the elegance of its purely Milanese flavor. Even a simple stroll here is wonderful. On the street, which leads to the Roman Porta Nuova, are the exclusive showrooms and boutiques. Admire the elegant neo-classical style buildings and the Museo Poldi Pezzoli a museum which houses important collections and works of art. Alternating along the route are buildings that have shaped the history of Milan, like the Hotel Et De Milan which has hosted famous personalities like Giuseppe Verdi.