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Milan – A Shopping Heaven

There are many reasons why Milan is famous: the largest urban concentration of people in Italy with more than 7.5 million people, the unique opera shows at Teatro della Scala, the medieval Castello Sforzesco or the majestic Duomo, one of Italy’s largest, and many other sights. But there is one trait stronger than any of the above that made the city so famous: Milan is one of the world’s fashion capitals. So if you’re planning a trip to Milan, pack as little as possible, because you’re heading to a shopping heaven!

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So if shopping is more than a hobby for you, when searching for hotels in Milan, don’t forget that you’re looking for accommodation in a fashion city. That means that the luxury is at home in this Italian city. Expect here to find the Town House Galleria, world’s first seven star hotel and if you get in Milan some time in 2011, you might even stay at Armani Hotel. Lots of other boutique and fashion hotels are available here, so you’ll have plenty of options.

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The ground zero for shoppers in Milan is Quadrilatero d’Oro (the Golden Quad), an area bordered by Via Montenapoleone, Via Sant’Andrea, Via Monzani and Via della Spiga. These streets are packed with shops from designers such as Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Valentino or Versace. These worldwide famous clothing brands own here some of the biggest shops in the world; for instance, here you can wander among Versace couture spread across four floors. Don’t miss the little boutiques among these great shops, since here you can get an offbeat, yet classy outfit. Via della Spiga is also great for window shopping, since it is one of Milan’s greatest pedestrian zones.

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When your budget is low, ladies can try the second hand shopping venues in Navigli. The best bargains can be found at Eliogabaldo, Biffi and Floreta Coen Musil. Meanwhile, the gents can try out the shops on Corso Buenos Aires, for some great vintage fashion shops. Darsena, Calzaturifico di Parabiago and Il Drug Store are some venues one should not miss.

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But probably the most impressive shopping area in Milan is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, located between the Duomo and La Scala. This 19th century mall named after the first king of united Italy continues to be one of Milan’s most impressive and elegant landmarks. The elegant shops nowadays in this Galleria sell from haute couture and jewelry to books and paintings and there are also plenty of luxury restaurants, cafés and bars. From Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton to McDonalds, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a must-see in Milan, not just for the shoppers, but for everyone that comes to this great city.

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