Milan is the fashion center of Italy as well and also in Europe competing with Paris for the Fashion Runway of the year to which buyers flock from all over the world for the new season designs. When visiting Milano these are the main areas to go for fabulous shopping.
Piazza del Duomo
Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II – a beautiful glass-roofed arcade – is just off the piazza – here you’ll find Prada and Gucci stores, Diffusione Tessile (Max Mara outlet), as well as restaurants and bistros – walk out the other end and you will be at La Scala.
Walking away from the piazza along Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II you can make your way to Piazza San Bibila – along the way it’s worth wandering the surrounding streets for their range of stores and galleries – it’s also a nice evening passegiata.
From Piazza San Bibila turn left to Via Montenapoleone (see Quadrilatero D’Oro section).
Palazzo di Brera & Surrounds
After visiting the Palazzo head along Via Brera towards Via Fiori Chiari, taking time to explore the back streets; from Via Fiori Chiari take Via Madonnina for designer boutiques and antiques.
There is an antiques fair held on the third Saturday of each month on Via Fiori Chiari.
Quadrilatero D’Oro Shopping District
Fashionistas make a beeline for these streets north of the Duomo known as the Golden Quarter – Via Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Montenapoleone – home to prestigious fashion designers such as Prada, Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, and Valentino.
Even if you’re not planning to make a purchase, watching people parade up and down makes for an enjoyable couple of hours. You can also enjoy the fabulous window displays which are always of exceptional stunning design.