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Shopping in Milan: a beginner’s guide

It’s not a secret that most tourists eager to visit Milan aren’t attracted by historical or cultural attractions, but want to purchase branded clothing from the latest collections.

During recent years shopping tours to Milan have been only gaining in popularity. The number of people ready to travel to Milan just to renew their wardrobe is unbelievably large. This article showing major features of shopping in the city must be very helpful for many tourists.

Why should you buy clothing in Milan?

Here are the main reasons of such huge popularity of shopping in Milan:

– Milan is rightfully considered the world’s fashion capital. It’s here the famous leading Italian designers embody their great ideas in fabrics of the highest quality
– Top boutiques of Milan offer only the latest collections of clothing and have a large assortment
– In Milan, you can purchase really unique clothing no one else will have
– Here is a large concentration of boutiques and shops. The world’s leading clothing brands are literality located next to each other.

More likely, you have already heard that buying fashionable stuff in Milan is economically profitable. And indeed it is, but it applies only to the world’s famous brands of Italian manufacturers that are still quite expensive for average people. In general, you should have at least 4 thousand euro in your pocket to renew your wardrobe with fashionable and high-quality stuff.

When is it more profitable to buy clothing and accessories in Milan?
If you’re focused on buying goods for the lowest price, then try visit Milan during season of sales, when you can find some great discounts. Sales are held twice a year in winter and summer.

Winter sales start in January and last till the beginning of spring. In fact, it’s really hard to find something after the 20th of February because everything is sold out. During the period of winter sales it’s very easy to find nice coat for less than 100 EUR and cashmere sweater for about 50 EUR.

Summer sales are held during the period from mid-July to late August and give you a chance to buy attractive pants, jeans, blouses, shirts, shoes and a lot of other things at very reasonable prices. Experienced travelers say that the beginning of the sales delights with a huge range of all sorts of goods, whereas the end – with great discounts.

When buying clothing during sales in Milan, you should remember a few important points:

– It’s better to avoid touristic areas, because there isn’t great choice of goods and discounts are small.
– As a rule, shops and boutiques sell new collections, but outlets might also sell past collections with really huge discounts of up to 70%!
– Even during sales season there aren’t discounts on some kind of goods such as jewelry or clothing made of fur.

What to buy in Milan?
The answer might seem obvious, but clothing and accessories aren’t the only things you can bring home from Milan. Don’t hesitate to buy food produced in this area. Delight your friends with delicious Prosciutto, Parmesan cheese and of course olive oil, the selection of which is quite wide and its quality doesn’t cause even the slightest doubt.

It’s also recommended to buy at least one bottle of Italian vine or a bottle of grappa. Grappa is strong Italian alcoholic beverage that contains up to 60% of alcohol. If you are looking for some interesting gifts, then pay attention to different household items. Milan offers good selection of tableware, furniture and bed linen.

Where to buy clothing in Milan?
Finally, we have come to the most important part of the article describing the most popular shops and outlets in Milan.
The most popular district, where most tourists buy luxury clothing of the word’s famous labels, is located in the very heart of Milan in its historical center. The evenings here are never dark, because when the sun disappears below the horizon, the showcases of numerous boutiques are illuminated with thousands of LEDs. Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Armani, Fendi, Tiffany, Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Bulgari, Cartier, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferre, Valentino, Prada all these brands are represented with its own boutiques attracting tourists with the best and latest creations of designers.

If you also want to bask in the light of high-fashion then go to the “Fashon District” surrounded with four streets of Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Alessandro Manzoni and Corso Venezia.

If you aren’t chasing after high-fashion and want to purchase some nice clothing at affordable price, then think about visiting outlets in Milan. Some of them are located quite far from the city itself, so you should solve your transportation problem in advance. Whereas public transport or special “shopping” buses are just waste of time, money and nerves, car rental becomes really helpful. Take into account that it’s always cheaper to book car online.

Among all outlets in Milan and its surroundings, Serravalle Scrivia, Outlet Matia’s and FoxTown are worth special mention.
Serravalle Scrivia is located in about 100 km from Milan, but if you have rental vehicle, it won’t be a problem to get there. You’ll be delighted with unbelievably huge choice of qualitative clothing of famous brands such as Versace, Calzedonia, Cacharel, Dolce & Gabbana, Mandarina Duck, Benetton, Roberto Cavalli, Trussardi, Rifle, Diesel and hundreds of others.

FoxTown is closer to Milan, only in about 50 km, but actually it’s located in Switzerland. FoxTown houses about 200 shops of different brands, among which are Nike, Adidas, Desigual, Escada, Esprit, Geox, Mptivi, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Iceberg, Lee, Wrangler, Levi’s.

Outlet Matia’s can boast of large discounts of 50-70% and good assortment of clothing made of cashmere. Among the brands offering by Outlet Matia’s are lberta Ferretti, Moncler, Ralph Lauren and others.

After you have fully enjoyed shopping, leave a few days to discover Milan as the city full of cultural and historical attractions. Be sure, Milan has many things to surprise you aside from its active shopping life.

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