MA­JOR SHOP­PING DISTRICTS

Where Milan - - THE GUIDELINES -

Gal­le­ria Vittorio Emanuele II

Lo­cated in the heart of the city, and known by the lo­cals as the ‘Liv­ing Room of the Milanese', the Gal­le­ria is con­sid­ered the old­est shop­ping ar­cade in the world. This stun­ning feat of ar­chi­tec­ture is lined with some of the world's most fa­mous fash­ion and de­signer stores (in­clud­ing Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuit­ton and Ver­sace), land­mark restau­rants and cafés. Other in­no­va­tive ad­di­tions in­clude a ho­tel and the ‘High­line Gal­le­ria', a new high­line walk­way giv­ing ac­cess to the Gal­le­ria's rooftops. Map F4

Duomo

One of Mi­lan's most well-trod­den shop­ping routes starts at the Pi­azza del Duomo with the renowned de­part­ment store Ri­nascente, of­fer­ing wide range of fash­ion items un­der one roof, sand con­tin­ues onto Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the pedes­trian street lined with the most pop­u­lar brand-name stores. Map F4

Quadri­latero della Moda

An ex­clu­sive des­ti­na­tion for lux­ury shop­ping, the Quadri­latero is si­t­u­ated just a short dis­tance on foot from the Duomo. This quaintly cob­bled quad­ran­gle of streets is bounded by via Montenapoleone, via della Spiga, via Gesù, via Bor­gospesso, via Santo Spir­ito, via Sant'An­drea and via Man­zoni. The Quadri­latero is a ref­er­ence point for the most pres­ti­gious Ital­ian and in­ter­na­tional fash­ion stores, where all the big de­signer names and most lux­u­ri­ous stores in the world con­verge. Map F4

Brera

The heart of the Milanese ‘movida', Brera is syn­ony­mous with the artis­tic heart of the city. One of the city's most pic­turesque ar­eas, its streets are lined with stu­dios, stores sell­ing can­vases and paints, an­tique shops, art gal­leries and win­dow dis­plays show­cas­ing fash­ion items, ac­ces­sories, jewelry and de­sign ob­jects. To­day it is a hub of ‘haute par­fumerie', pop­u­lated with big-name brand boutiques and ar­ti­sanal man­u­fac­tur­ers who cre­ate cus­tom­ized fra­grances. Map F3-F4

Porta Nuova

Lo­cated around Stazione Garibaldi, Porta Nuova is Mi­lan's trendi­est, most avant-garde district. Its fo­cal point is pi­azza Gae Au­lenti a mas­ter­piece of con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign. Stretch­ing from pi­azza XXV Aprile and Corso Como to the Isola district, it of­fers an ar­ray of shops, lo­cales and new open­ings. Map F2

Cor­du­sio

Young, more af­ford­able brands can be found in via Torino (Map F5), one of Mi­lan's old­est streets which con­nects the Duomo to corso di Porta Tici­nese and the Navigli (canals). For­merly home to the work­shops of gold­smiths and ar­ti­sans, it is now lined with nu­mer­ous shop win­dows show­cas­ing young, trendy cloth­ing. The “5vie Art+De­sign” district, home to his­toric ar­ti­sanal work­shops, arty con­cept ate­liers, show­rooms and art gal­leries is within close prox­im­ity. Via Dante (Map E4), a pedes­trian street lined with shops and bars where you can sam­ple an aper­i­tivo or eat lunch while sit­ting out­side, runs be­tween pi­azza Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco.

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