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I LOVE SHOPPING … IN MILAN

Fri, 18 March 2016
I LOVE SHOPPING … IN MILAN
“Oh mia bella madunina…” (Oh my lovely little Madonna) the inhabitants of Milan proudly declare. High up on the steeples of the Duomo the golden statue of Our Lady looks out over the city and its daily hustle and bustle. Milan is a lively metropolis buzzing with energy, the epicentre of a modern, ..

“Oh mia bella madunina…” (Oh my lovely little Madonna) the inhabitants of Milan proudly declare. High up on the steeples of the Duomo the golden statue of Our Lady looks out over the city and its daily hustle and bustle. Milan is a lively metropolis buzzing with energy, the epicentre of a modern, glamorous way of life, so obvious from one glance at the shop windows in the city centre. Shopping among the stores on Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the esclusive boutiques in the « quadrilatero della moda» (fashion quadrangle) is a real pleasure.

Why not head for the exclusive , impeccable Via della Spiga which intersects with another street renowned for luxury, Via Montenapoleone. Be warned: you'll need to keep your feet firmly on the ground to avoid getting carried away and spending lavishly, though the quarter is definitely worthy of a visit if only to simply appreciate its elegant and international atmosphere.

Another interesting option would be to walk along Corso Como, a long pedestrian street that runs into Piazza XXV Aprile and the station of Piazza Garibaldi and on towards the futuristic Porta Nuova studded with skyscrapers and new buildings, which have completely changed the traditional Milanese skyline. In this area you will come across famous discotheques like Hollywood, Loolapaloosa and Tocqville and elegant lounge bars as well as renowned restaurants, very popular with VIPS and celebreties, especially throughout fashion week. The famous Galleria Carla Sozzani, is located at 10, Corso Roma while Teatro Smeraldo, currently closed down though once an important theatre in Milan, is to be found at the southern end in piazza XXV Aprile Smeraldo: instead, the building now hosts a new branch of Eataly, which stands for Italian products of the highest quality. Another pleasant walking tour departs from the Navigli, with its newly reclaimed Darsena, and proceeds towards Piazza Duomo: go straight on through Corso di Porta Ticinese as far as busy, bustling Via Torino, which teems with shops of all kinds.

Here, too, the presence of so many trendy locales gives the impression that this is where the Milanese trendsetters like to hang out, particularly in the area opposite the formidable columns of San Lorenzo. Instead, if you prefer art studios and design shops, head for the Brera quarter with its narrow streets, beautiful buildings and a market held on the third Sunday of every month in via Fiori Chiari. So, dear guests at our La Darbia, brace yourselves, take a deep breath, dive into the world of Milan shopping and savour the energy of that city even if only for one day. Then come back to the peace and quiet of the lake as evening settles in.

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