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Hampton's trip: Milano

post #1 of 103
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In september i'm going for a weekend to Italy staying at the hotel Melia-Milano. I have never been in Italy before so i'm pretty lost here. I only have 3 days, so how can I enjoy this to the max?

 

Main reason is to enjoy all the quality stores over there as Rubinacci. So what shall I not miss?

 

Thanks.

 

/ H


Edited by Hampton - 8/5/12 at 2:36am
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Other tips beside clothing is also appreciated.

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Go to a football (soccer) game and see Inter Milan or AC Milan in action. It is much cheaper than in other European cities e.g. Barcelona, Madrid or London and tickets are almost always available. They can ususally be purchased at the stadium. Ask your hotel for help.

If you half a day to spare. Take a commuter train to Como and get on a ”hop on hop off” ferry that goes between the different villages surrounding Lake Como. Have a fantastic lunch in one of them before heading back to the city. The train ride to Como is roughly 40 minutes. One of the few things that usually work quite well in Milano is the subway and the commuter trains.

Good place for lunch in central Milano:
Obikà, Via Mercato, 28
www.obika.it

Nice place to have dinner (meat!):
I’ Uccellina, Corso Magenta 96
www.uccellina.biz/italiano
post #4 of 103
i think como is closer to an hour rather than 40 minutes, but its top of the list. check your train and ferry times online so you can plan it properly and not get stuck.

otherwise, go to gallo for socks and knit ties. theres a valextra outlet in the city as well as an etro one. the cracco peck deli is pretty cool.
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Only around 1 mile away from you is one of my favorite gelato places in Milan.

 

Il Massimo Del Gelato

Via L. Castelvetro, 18

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Originally Posted by Big Bird View Post

Go to a football (soccer) game and see Inter Milan or AC Milan in action. It is much cheaper than in other European cities e.g. Barcelona, Madrid or London and tickets are almost always available. They can ususally be purchased at the stadium. Ask your hotel for help.
If you half a day to spare. Take a commuter train to Como and get on a ”hop on hop off” ferry that goes between the different villages surrounding Lake Como. Have a fantastic lunch in one of them before heading back to the city. The train ride to Como is roughly 40 minutes. One of the few things that usually work quite well in Milano is the subway and the commuter trains.
Good place for lunch in central Milano:
Obikà, Via Mercato, 28
www.obika.it
Nice place to have dinner (meat!):
I’ Uccellina, Corso Magenta 96
www.uccellina.biz/italiano

I'm actually not a big fan of soccer, but I can imagine this is something very awesome. I will take notes of the restaurants

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i think como is closer to an hour rather than 40 minutes, but its top of the list. check your train and ferry times online so you can plan it properly and not get stuck.
otherwise, go to gallo for socks and knit ties. theres a valextra outlet in the city as well as an etro one. the cracco peck deli is pretty cool.

This is more me, thanks!

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Only around 1 mile away from you is one of my favorite gelato places in Milan.

 

Il Massimo Del Gelato

Via L. Castelvetro, 18

Thanks man, will take notes now and see how many restaurants I will have time with. 

post #7 of 103
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I will also visit many stores like Zegna, Brioni, Corneliani, Loro Piana but there is a lot more of stores i'm missing so fill me in.

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Few tips:

 

Sutor mantelazzi shop on Via Monte Napoleone, 3

Barba shirts at BRIAN& BARRY on Via Durini, 28

A.Testoni, Fray shirts on Via Monte Napoleone, 19

Kiton on Via Gesu 11

Finamore shirts at Antonia on Via Ponte Vetero

again Finamore shirts at Albano Francesco on Via Luigi Canonica 

Borrelli showroom on Via del Lauro 3

Nice shop Al Bazar on Via Antonia Scarpa 9

 

And find a time to visit the Duomo roof smile.gif

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Few tips:

 

Sutor mantelazzi shop on Via Monte Napoleone, 3

Barba shirts at BRIAN& BARRY on Via Durini, 28

A.Testoni, Fray shirts on Via Monte Napoleone, 19

Kiton on Via Gesu 11

Finamore shirts at Antonia on Via Ponte Vetero

again Finamore shirts at Albano Francesco on Via Luigi Canonica 

Borrelli showroom on Via del Lauro 3

Nice shop Al Bazar on Via Antonia Scarpa 9

 

And find a time to visit the Duomo roof smile.gif

That's more like it. Actually I had Duomo roof first to do list when i'm there, not checking that out is a shame of life :D But Via monte napoleone is that the street were most of the famous brands will be found? And is it near my hotel that will be on Via Masaccio, 19?

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You may better try maps.google.com, cause I have no idea where's Via Massaio in Milano.

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You may better try maps.google.com, cause I have no idea where's Via Massaio in Milano.

Yeah checked it out now around 15-20 min away, not that bad.

post #12 of 103
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I will also take pictures so many of the tips you all share here may end up in this thread later on :)

post #13 of 103
I live 3 hours from Milan, in Switzerland, and go there at least twice per year just for the sales.

I spent last week 2 days of shopping in Milan and a few hours in Como. In Milan was terribly hot (about 35 degrees), the shops were not crowded, although plenty of good deals - the end of the sales period. Next day I went to Como, close the to Switzerland border.

I bought more casual clothes and shoes this time, hope to have the time to give a full report and some pics.

Some of the stuff I bought in Milan:
Boglioli cotton/linen coat - Trevisan & Co, Corso Genova, 20
Allegri coat and sport jacket - C.so Venezia, 15
Buttero sneakers - Corso Garibaldi 113
Incotex, Cucinelli, Lanvin - Gio Moretti, via della Spiga 4 (in front of Car Shoe shop)
Jacob Cohen jeans - Rinascente department store
Shirt at Bardelli, Corso magenta 13 (more traditional shop, good prices for sport jackets)

Rinascente is a big multi brands store with inflated prices, but it's nice to check lots of brands (Slowear opened a corner last year there). Same for Brian and Barry, which is 2 minutes walk from Duomo.



In Como I checked Tessabit, they have about 10 shops in this small town, only 2 interesting for menswear (main one in Via Milano, the other on Vittorio Emanuele). The main shop has Finamore, Boglioli, Borelli and plenty of other Italian brands.

Best outlet in town is Il Salvagente, but during this period was in renovation, so very limited selection.


There are plenty good restaurants and tourist traps in the center. The best shop for food (either sandwich, take-away, olive oil, cheese, ham or fancy, or alternatively a fancy, expensive restaurant) in the center is Peck.

I found a fashion magazine with a book (The black book of retail 2012, available freely online) that lists interesting shops (from trendy brands to more traditional), about 17 addresses in Milan



You should also use the search function, there are a few good threads about Milan with addresses. If you are more specific on your interests, you can get better recommendations.
Edited by clausc - 8/5/12 at 3:05pm
post #14 of 103
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Hi Clausc

 

This is some very good information, thanks a lot. Also that peck store seems to be something for me since I wanna buy some good food/snacks to take with me back home. But in general how did you think of Milano, did you enjoy it (beside the weather?) I just can't wait for all the nice food, clothing and buildings I will experience.

post #15 of 103
Milan is a big city and not the most interesting to visit for other activities than shopping. All the shops are concentrated in a small area where you can walk or use the public transport. I shop there mostly during the summer or winter sales. The flagship shops on Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga are very expensive and you will not find Zegna, Cucinellli or Loro Piana on sale. There are plenty of Italian medium priced brands that are worth the price at retail though.

Enjoy the city, but plan at least half a day visiting smaller cities or villages in the area (like Como, Cinque Terre/Levanto, Lake Maggiore, etc).
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