You’ve probably already seen the half-day itinerary Trip Designer and Slow Road columnist Georgia Yuill offered in her Insider’s Guide to her hometown, Milan. But in typical Georgia fashion, she offered more great suggestions than we could squeeze into one post. If you’ve got a full day to spend in Italy’s fashion capital, then make the half-day offered in our Insider’s Guide your morning, and continue on to these sights in the afternoon.

Afternoon Itinerary

Milan Sights

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 de Brera (Brera Art Academy), Milan Sights

The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the world’s most famous collections of Italian paintings.

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.

Your Plan

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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