Lombardy is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Italy. The capital of the area is Milan which is a major fashion destination in the world. The region offers plenty of shopping streets selling high-end fashion items. The best way to shop here and throughout Italy is street shopping, including outdoor and flea markets, where you can find many locally produced products and different handicrafts.
Every month on the first Friday there is a large flea market held in the Castiglione Olona in Piazza Garibaldi. Here you will find unique items like antiques, glass, bells, silver candelabra and century-old books. In Milan every month on the last Sunday in Ripa Ticinese one of the biggest markets of the region is held. Along the Naviglio canal bank there are hundreds of stalls offering almost anything from jewelry, antiques and wooden items to handicrafts and different other products.
In Cremona the large market is held every month on the third Sunday in the Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Cavour. The market offers Danish porcelains, violins and other musical instruments, antiques and other handicrafts. Every month on the first Sunday a large market is held in Pavia which is located in piazza della Vittoria. You will find there a small group of vendors specializing in different items like rare old books and furniture. The market is held every year in September in Castello di Sartirana, a beautiful medieval castle.
The main shopping center in Milan is the Fashion District located between Piazza San Bablia, Piazza Cavour and Piazza Duomo. The area offers many shopping streets full of showrooms and boutiques that are famous all over the world. The stores here are chic and very expensive.
One of the most famous stores here is Giorgio Armani located on Via Manzoni Street. It’s a huge store offering several high fashion creations including Jeans Line, Emporio Armani and Armani Casa. The latter is a furnishing store, art shops, books and flower shops. There is also a play center, a Sony electronics showroom, Nobu sushi bar and even Emporio Café. Another world-famous brand located in Milan’s Fashion District is Dolce and Gabbana. This high end store offers a wide choice of chic clothing.
Even if you don’t have intention of spending lots of money on high end fashion items, there are lots of places to explore here. The Vercelli Avenue and Beunos Aires Avenue are two of the best places to shop in Milan. This is also known to be the longest shopping street in Europe. The Buenos Aires Street is quite commercial and connects Piazzale Loreto to Porta Venezia. Visitors would find brands here like Nara Camice, Kookai, Benetton, Mandarina Duck and Timberland.
Sights: Duomo di Milano, Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Hotels: Room Mate Giulia, Hotel Spadari al Duomo, Mandarin Oriental, Milan