Shopping in Quadrilatero, Milan’s high fashion district
The area known as the “Quadrilatero” includes Via Sant’Andrea, Via Spiga, Via Borgospesso and Via Montenapoleone. One thing that continues to be true about Milan is it’s domination on the fashion scene. In a very tight area of the city’s historic centre you’ll find the greatest concentration of famous-name shops, both Italian and foreign, comprising jewellers, furriers and antique dealers. Wander these charming four streets to find labels such as Armani, Hermes, Chanel, Fendi, Versace, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana and more.
Accademia di Brera (Brera Art Academy)
This 17th-century palace now contains one of the most famous collections of Italian paintings in the world, the Pinacoteca di Brera, which houses masterpieces from the 14th to 20th centuries. Closed Mondays.
After Piazza Duomo, you can easily move through the Quadrilatero and onto the Brera district for a look into the art gallery. If you are really serious about your shopping, most hotel concierges have excellent contacts with local personal shoppers who can navigate and direct you to whatever your fashion tastes desire.
To experience a different side of Milan, spend your early evening in the Navigli district, where a bustling cocktail (aperitivo) hour takes place at vibrant cafés and bars. Following some of the restaurant suggestions noted here, a pizza or casual trattoria meal can be found in this Soho-like area.
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