Milan – Explore Fashion & Culture
All roads lead to Rome. But not this time! On my itinerary is the Italian fashion city of Milan. Famous for their cathedral, or better known as “Duomo”, Prada and Italian women on murderous high heel shoes. In Milan, you can satisfy your shopping pleasure and at the same time glance at the detailed antique buildings. I would like to show you my favorite sights and places and give you tips for your shopping tours!
Duomo di Milano &
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Both are probably the most known sights of Milan. That is why photos in front of the Duomo are a must. It’s a beautiful Gothic building. During daylight, the white-brown facade of the cathedral shines bright, even in bad weather. In the evening it is lit by several lights. It is hard to believe that the Cathedral has existed for more than 150 years. You can also visit it from the inside. However, you need a ticket for the visit, and the queue is often very long. So take time!
The shopping center Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is lushly decorated with stucco and marble. Here you will find the shops of luxury brands (such as Armani, Prada and Louis Vuitton) and gourmet restaurants. The roof is made of glass. On the floor are four mosaics depicting the coats of arms of the cities of Rome, Florence, Turin and Milan. They are meant to strengthen national awareness. A visit should be done in any case.
Colonne di San Lorenzo
One of my favorite places is the square around the Basilica di San Lorenzo di Milano. The basilica dates from the time of the Romans. On the square there are still columns with a typical central arch. Like the Cathedral of Milan, the basilica is illuminated by lights at night. You’ll find a beautiful picture of the Basilica. The district around it should also not be underestimated. Here you will find boutiques, delicious restaurants and a lot of bars.
The Navigli District
A touch of Venice in Milan. This district could be described as simple and brief. But there is much more to experience and glance at. Around the two canals Naviglio Grande and Pavese are numerous museums and excellent restaurants. Not to forget, Gelato! For ice junkies it’s a paradise. Also the center of nightlife you’ll find here. Artists, designers and stars gather in this neighbourhood.
A tip, which we received from our hostel: A collection of contemporary art from Italy exhibited in an old factory. Donated by the fashion company Prada. For art enthusiasts it is worth a detour.
Shopping in Milan
Milanese live and breathe fashion. Throughout the year there are various trade fairs and fashion shows in the city. The great thing is that you fond inspiration at every corner. Whether in designer dress and red pumps or in jogging pants with yellow sneakers. Each Milanese has its own style. Everything can be combined. In Milan you will find conventional shops, small boutiques and the large designer stores.
My favorite shopping streets: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II at the Duomo, Corso di Porta Ticinese between the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Navigli district, as well as Corso Buenos Aires at the Porta Venezia.