The best shopping
Quadrilatero della Moda or Fashion District in Milan provides some of the best shopping opportunities in Europe. It attracts not only tourists but also the locals who seek the best quality clothing and brands.
Most foreigners are usually overwhelmed by the large concentration of haute couture labels. Of course not everyone can afford a Versace or Armani but you can find the stores for any budget. After all, it’s fun to window shop there. This centrally located neighborhood offer not only fashion but also huge number of luxurious mansions from the 17 th to 19 th centuries which are worth to be seen. Since the 19 th centuries this area has been known as the Quadrilatero d’Oro or Golden Quadrilateral due to palatial buildings erected by wealthy citizens. Some of these mansions are home to museums such as the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi housed in a luxuriously decorated mansion in the Via Gesu.
Fashion District’s streets
The area called the Fashion District includes such famous streets as Via Montenapolone, Via Della Spiga and Via Manzoni. Most of these streets are pedestrianized what makes the area perfect for walking around. Each of the streets has its own list of design houses. Here is a description of the Fashion District’s streets.
- Via Montenapoleone. Known for locals as the Montepago, Via Montenapoleone is the most famous street in the district. It’s named after a bank – the Monte Napoleone that was located here until the early nineteenth century. This was the first street known for its luxurious fashion. Here you will find such renowned designers as Gucci, Versace, Luis Vuitton and many others.
- Via Sant’Andrea. Here you will also find numerous famous designer stores but also the Museo di Milano, a museum that documents the history of the city. The museum is housed in the eighteenth century Palazzo Morando Attendolo Bolognini.
- Via della Spiga. This is a wonderful pedestrianized street which is a home to many famous designer stores such as Sergio Rossi, Bulgari, Krizia, Dolce and Gabbana and numerous others.
- Via Manzoni. This is the widest of the streets in the Fashion District. It is a home to the elegant Grand Hotel et de Milan and several impressive palaces, one of the which is home to the Museo Poldi Pezzoli. This is a private museum where you can find a fine collection of tapestries, paintings, weaponry and decorative arts.
- Via Bigli and Via Gesu. Here you will find the oldest mansions built in the 17th century and the neo-Renaissance palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi.