Fashionista’s Paradise: Shopping in Milan
Brimful of majestic architecture aided by Gae Aulenti, Giovanni Muzio and Renzo Piano, Milan is the Fashion Capital of Italy and of nations across, if I am not wrong. With downtown rooftops, skyscrapers and the astonishing Alps in the backdrop amalgamated with a serene sunset, the rooftop of Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery features a splendid view of the city. Also with the Milan Cathedral and Pinacoteca di Brera art museum posing majestically, the place is loaded with culture and architecture.
If you are in the global fashion capital, you would enjoy by exploring this chic city via bikes (preferably vintage aluminium bikes),a common medium of transportation in Milan. Being a city of canals, you can happily indulge yourself in a shopping spree at markets set up alongside these watercourses and savour some delectable cuisines at the adjoining restaurants and coffee shops.
A shoppers paradise, Milan hosts trends that are yet to conquer the markets and boasts top-notch designer stores, boutiques and outlets. But it’s not just limited to high end fashion brands, the city also exhibits affordable yet elegant outfits. So, drench yourself with fashion at these outlets.
Guarded by four major thoroughfares on the periphery, namely Via Monte Napoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia, the Quadrilatero d’Oro exhibits several boutiques catering to the needs of high end fashion brands, jewellery and decor.
Splurge on the high end brands that are scattered around the place with the likes of as Armani, Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Bulgari, Cartier, Valentino and Gianfranco Ferrè. Yeah, the list just goes on and you just cóuldn’t ignore any!
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Shop for designs and trends that are yet to rule the world only in Milan. If you have a serious taste for high end brands, you must stroll through one of the expensive streets of the world- Monte Napoleone and embrace the extravagance as you ramble across the street. Also, while you are here, you would definitely want to absorb the city’s culture through its scattered museums such as Poldi Pezzoli and Bagatti Valsecchi and get a hang of the bygone era.
Porta Venezia leads your way to Corso Venezia; encircled by an array of imposing buildings encompassing architecture methodology that ranges from Renaissance to Art Nouveau, the vicinity truly manifests opulence and sophistication.
Accommodating exceptional assemblage of international brands, the avenue is lined up with a smashing Neo-classical palaces, parks and gardens that exhibits patterns of the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. Being the longest shopping street in the world, it boasts brands like H&M, Zara, Boggi, Liu Jo, Guess, Furla, Nike and Adidas. It also accommodates some of the best menswear brands such as Stone Island, Henry Cotton’s, Brooksfield and Burberry.
Corso di Porta Ticinese
Commencing from Colonne di San Lorenzo, skirting Roman ruins that overlooks the Basilica di San Lorenzo and ending at Piazza XXIV Maggio, Corso di Porta Ticinese is one of the largest churches of Florence that exhibits offbeat fashion brands. Hosting brands like Diesel, 55DSL, Gas, Carhartt, Armani Jeans, Diesel and Camper, the street is apt for denim admirers.
Sprawling with vintage shops that specialises in classic attires and accessories, the street is equated with Portobello Road in London. With a neo classical style of architecture, it is also characterized by astonishing record and food stores. Also, indulge in its splendid night life at Colonne di San Lorenzo and drink, play, sing and reminisce your youth as you witness copious groups of youngsters.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
A broad thoroughfare, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II bridges Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Babila. Piazza Duomo dissects into Vittorio Emanuele and further via Torino. Located at the heart of the city, the avenue is traffic-free zone brimming with strolling shoppers and locals. Rambling across the streets, you can’t shy away from its opulence although you can shop for both expensive as well as mid-range brands.
Named after the first king of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II, the street strongly reflects exuberance and here, you can fill your wardrobe with Zara, H&M, Mango and Bershka and many others. It also hosts La Rinascente, that boasts eight floors dedicated to womenswear, perfumes and accessories.
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Corso Buenos Aires
Situated in north-eastern part of the city, immersed in 19th and 20th century architecture, the avenue starts from Porta Venezia neighborhood and ends in Piazzale Loreto. About 1.2 kms long, it flaunts over 350 international ready-to-wear brands. Preferred for an economical shopping, the place is devoid of luxurious brands like Prada and Dolce & Gabbana but features more affordable brands like H&M, Swatch, Desigual, United Colors of Benetton and Boggi.
Being Europe’s longest shopping street, it is equated to London’s Oxford Street. As you stroll across the streets, a number of cafés and bars are available to rejuvenate.
Embrace a shopping experience like never before as you splurge on the high end fashion brands as well as mid-range brands and sip in some espresso on your way.