Friday, January 30, 2009
Shopping in Milan
Milan is a paradise for shopping lovers. All the clothes you have ever dreamed of are available in Milan. This is the home of fashion and design. It is also the home of the flagship stores of many great designers: Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Krizia, Missoni, Ermenegildo Zegna, Moschino, Mila Schön, and Trussardi among others. If you are a high priest or priestess of style, take the first flight to Milan and go directly to the so-called "Quadrilatero d'Oro" or the Golden Quadrilateral.
The Golden Quadrilateral is formed by the Via Montenapoleone, Via Della Spiga, Via Manzoni, and Via Sant'Andrea. They are the most expensive high-fashion Milan areas. These streets contain the most prestigious boutiques and showrooms in the world.
The most luxurious accessories, dazzling jewels, beautiful clothes... Everything is impregnated with ostentation in the Golden Quadrilateral. Many tourists just go to Milan to go shopping.
Via Montenapoleone is the most important street of the "Quadrilatero d'Oro." Here you'll find, amongst other things, all these boutiques: Gucci, Luis Vuitton, Prada, Tanino Crisci, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tanino Crisci or Cartier. In Via della Spiga is the home of some other major brands such as Sergio Rossi, D&G, Krizia, Gianfranco Ferré, Tod's, Genny, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Chopard or Bulgari. Via Manzoni holds the Armani kingdom. It has a huge multi-concept store with a luxury Japanese restaurant, a show room and a cafe. In Via Sant' Andrea you can find such famous boutiques as Armani Chanel, Fendi, Kenzo, Moschino, Hermés, or Trussardi.
If you can not afford such high prices, don't worry! There are more affordable stores spread around four important streets: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Corso Buenos Aires, Via Torino and Corso di Porta Ticinese. Here you'll find the more popular stores such as H & M, Footlocker and Zara, etc
Outside the historic centre, there are thousands of fashion outlets, which sell last seasons major brand clothes at economical prices. For those who prefer the bustle of street markets, Milan not only stands out for its luxurious boutiques. It also has beautiful street markets where you can find almost everything you could wish for. Milan's largest street market is the one held on Via Papiniano: some stalls sell designer seconds clothes. There's an antiques market on Via Fiori Chiari and a large flea market, with everything from books to clothing to appliances.
Most shops open from 9:30 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:30, although the bigger stores stay open all day.
Don't stay at home! Take your credit car with you and go to Milan to enjoy the most beautiful shops in the world! You will have a great time there so prepare to make your wallet tremble! Ren Milan apartments for the best accommodation.