The industry of fashion and design – one of the main factors which attract every year millions of tourists to Milan. Here it is possible to find clothes and accessories from the last collections of the most known world brands.
Where to follow world brands?
In Milan between the first display of a collection on a podium before sale can take place less than a week. However in difference from Paris where places for purchase of fashionable clothes are separate on different districts of the city, in Milan boutiques of world brands are concentrated in the area known as Quadrilatero d’Oro.
On Via Della Spiga Street there are such brands as: D&G, Fendi, Armani, Prada,, Just Cavalli, Marni, Roberto Cavalli. On Via Manzoni Street are: Armani Superstore, Armani Casa, Paul Smith. On Via Sant’Andrea Street are: Missoni, Trussardi, Moschino, Kenzo, Chanel, Versace, Hermes, Miu Miu, and others. On Via Montenapoleone Street are: La Perla, , Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Christian Dior, Alberta Ferretti.
Even if the prices in these boutiques too high for you, you can spend in this area much time, simply peering at show-windows of these shops. The stop of Montenapoleone or San Babila is simplest to reach this area by the subway.
One more historic center for shopping in Milan is the well-known gallery Galleria Vittorio Emanuele ll. Gallerey, covered from above with a glass roof, is near the well-known Milan cathedral of Duomo (Duomo). Gallerey it was open in 1867 that does it to one of the oldest shopping centers in the world. For example, the Prada shop in this area continuously works since 1913 behind which Louis Vuitton and Gucci followed.
Councils to fans of shopping
If your budget is limited, go to shop 10 Corso Como with the infinite regiments filled with clothes of such brands as Chloe, Helmut Lang, Comme des Garcons and others. But even at 50% discounts, the prices can bite here.
It is possible to leave in country shopping centers. Many tourist offices offer flyers on visit of big country shopping centers. There it is possible to find a set of branded shops with big discounts under one roof. One of examples is Fow Town in which there are more than 250 shops.
Discounts at the end of a season. Dates of seasonal discounts are controlled by the local government and are usually appointed to some weeks every January and July.
Tax refund. If you are not the citizen of the European Union, you can submit the application for return of the VAT (Tax Refund) for purchases more than 155 euros in one shop. For this purpose it is necessary to warn the seller that you need tax refund. Keep checks and papers for tax refund which will need to be shown at the airport at a departure from Italy.