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Streets and Squares in Milan

Milan is a big, busy city, but don't be afraid do discover it on foot. Walking along its streets and passing through the numerous squares, you'll get the feel of this fascinating metropolis. You should definitely stop on Piazza della Scala to have a look at the most famous opera house in Europe, and on Piazza Duomo to enter the world's largest Gothic cathedral. After sightseeing, it’s time to think about souvenirs and gifts to bring home with you. There's no better place to shop than at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a glass-domed four-storey arcade that you can enter directly from Piazza Duomo. You'll also find many designer's boutiques and upmarket jewellery stores along Via Monte Napoleone, which belongs to the so-called Milan Quadrangle of Fashion.


Corso Vittorio Emmanuele
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Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, by Anthony Majanlahti
 
Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II
Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II
 
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Corso Vittorio Emanuele represents the most popular covered shopping street in Milan. Situated behind the Cathedral of Milan, it connects the Piazza Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala. Flanked by modern porticoes, this walking passage offers the greatest selection of stores and boasts the second largest pedestrian precinct in the city centre. It has a modern design with two glass-vaulted arcades, crossing in an octagon. Even on rainy days Corso Vittorio Emanuele is very convenient for shopping - providing shelter and a cosy ambience for shoppers.
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Duomo Square in Milan
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Duomo Square in Milan , by Paul Sperneac Sperneacd
 
Piazza Duomo
Address: Piazza Duomo
 
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Piazza Duomo is the major square in Milan and one of the most renowned tourist sites in Italy’s capital of fashion and business. It features the Duomo Cathedral, Royal Palace and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is located in the city centre and is easily reached by the metropolitan railway. At the square you can visit luxurious shops and charming restaurants with inviting settings and excellent cuisine.
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Viale delle Belle Arti
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Viale delle Belle Arti, by Sandrine Legal
 
Via S. Andrea
Address: Via S. Andrea
 
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Via S. Andrea is another street famous for fashion shops and elegance. It is located in the city centre and goes towards Via della Spiga, parallel to the prominent via Monte Napoleone. Like many other streets dedicated to fashion, also via S. Andrea offers a great shopping experience at top designers’ stores. You will be enchanted by the collections of Krizia, Gianfranco Ferré, Prada and Tod's Hogan, as well as many others. Walking down the street, you can meet celebrities, models, beautiful women and many tourists. Indulge into the unique atmosphere of this street!
 
Via Calatafimi
Address: Via Calatafimi
 
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Via Calatafimi is home to Fiera di Senigallia – a well-established flea market that opens every Saturday morning in the area along the wharf Darsena. A vibrant and colourful place, full of noise and smells attracts customers from early morning hours. You can find a wide range of goods here, starting from new and second-hand clothes, through military items, perfumed candles to jewellery. This is an excellent opportunity to find a useful piece of furniture, Art Nouveau lamps, African, South American and Indian craftworks and cheap perfumes. Some of the stalls are well-arranged and tidy, other are messy but everywhere you can try to bargain. There are also books, records, videos and DVDs with music from all over the world. The atmosphere on the market becomes even more vivid with the music of Senegalese musicians, who play on drums and encourage people to shop.
 
Viale Papiniano
Address: Viale Papiniano
 
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Mercato di Viale Papiniano (Market in Papiniano Alley) is the most famous market in Milan. On Tuesdays and Saturdays numerous customers come to look through the multitude of goods, displayed on the colourful stalls. It is known as the biggest market in the city, held close to the Piazza Cordusio and next to the market of illegal commodities and bicycles of doubtful provenance. At times there is an inroad by the police who look for smuggled goods. In general, you can choose among the fashionable clothing and shoes (sold especially in the summer), as well as large collections of collectables, such as stamps, coins, cards, toys and others. Because of the great number of the customers, sometimes the traffic in the area of the market is almost paralysed.
 
Via Palazzo Reale
Address: Via Palazzo Reale
 
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Via Palazzo Reale is home to Mercato dei Fiori e delle Piante – an open-air market, held in the morning hours on Sunday from March to December. It is situated next to the Duomo and opposite Palazzo Reale, selling mainly beautiful flowers and smaller plants, also decorative ones. This is a great place to visit, especially on sunny days when the weather is fine. Vivid and friendly atmosphere is in the flair of this place, with varied colours and enchanting smells in the air. Here you can choose a nice flower or plant to decorate your home or office, or to take a bunch of flowers for your beloved one.
Piazza Mercato Abbiategrasso
Address: Piazza Mercato Abbiategrasso
 

Piazza Mercato Abbiategrasso features one of the most interesting markets in Milan. It is open every other Sunday of the month, from 8am to 7pm. If you want to get the best bargains you have to wake up really early before they're sold out. The market is full of curious objects, collector’s items and second-hand furniture – all at reasonable prices. If you're there early enough, tiy can see the still sleepy craftsmen, who help set up the stalls and arrange the goods. That way, you will also be the first to take a look at all items and choose the best ones.
 
Alzaia Naviglio Grande
Address: Alzaia Naviglio Grande 4
 
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Mercatone dell'Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande – one of the biggest markets with antiquities in Milan spreads along the Alzaia Naviglio Grande. It is held every last Sunday of the month, from 8.30am to 6.30pm and it is always better to come early to catch the best bargains. The market was organised for the first time in 1982 along the beautiful banks of Naviglio Grande and it has been attracting a great number of visitors ever since. Over 400 stalls are placed in the area, selling a large selection of goods, starting from clothing, furniture, books, jewellery and various items of bric-a-brac. Sellers will offer you also porcelain, watches, silver things and toys, as well as interesting objects for your home. Some of the exhibitors have their own shops in the same area on the Naviglio Grande banks. You won't get lost because the stalls are numbered with even numbers along the Alzaia Naviglio Grande and the odd ones along the Ripa di
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