2 Days Fashion Itinerary in Milan

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Itinerary by: Design Your Italy
3 months ago
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Duration: 2 days

Milan l'è un gran Milan or Milan is just one great Milan, says the most famous song that honors the Northern Italian city. And it couldn't be any other way because the Lombardy metropolis, also known as the economic and fashion capital of Italy, is a vivid, colorful place where history, art, fashion create a unique synergy. If you are about to make a short fashion holiday in Milan, continue reading as this itinerary will guide you through some iconic places.

Day 1

Day 1 Fashion Itinerary

Stroll around some of the most iconic Milan landmarks.
09:00 - 11:00
Milan Cathedral - Duomo di Milano
P.za del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Ok, we know we said the watchword is "fashion", but speaking of Milan, it is not possible not to visit its most emblematic landmark - Duomo di Milano, the fourth largest cathedral in the world. The Duomo is the very heart and the essence of the city and is easy to reach with many public transportations. If you use the underground to move around Milan, you can get the yellow and red metro lines and hop off at Duomo Station. But there are also a few trams that will bring you directly to the city center. Milan has a very well connected public transportation system and is easy to get around. Once you reach the main square the, Gothic-style cathedral will take your breath away. Constructed for over six centuries, Duomo Cathedral pierces the sky with its 135 spires and enhances the surroundings with its majestic and imponent presence. If you want, get inside and admire its beautiful and spacious interior, where the stained-glass windows and dark marble blocks and columns make a unique ambiance. For those that want to experience the spectacular view over the city, and in clear days, also the Alps, you can climb to the Duomo Rooftop terraces. If you feel comfortable, you can choose the spiral staircase with approximately 1000 steps, or if you prefer, you can get the elevator. Be aware that not all the surface is flat and there are some stairs to climb so wear appropriate footwear. Also, the terraces are open from June to September, so before planning a visit, please check the official website of Duomo di Milano. Photos: Design Your Italy
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Standard 5.00 - 20.00 EUR

11:00 - 12:00
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
P.za del Duomo, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Once you visit the Duomo, head to Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, Italy's oldest shopping gallery and another of the city's symbols. Known as Milan's drawing-room, the elegance of the gallery speaks itself. Built in the nineteenth century, the astonishing mosaics embellish the gallery while four-story double arcades house international luxury brand shops. Stroll around and enjoy all the details and sophisticated atmosphere. A curious fashion fact about the gallery relates to the world-famous Italian brand Prada. The first-ever shop for leather goods, was opened by the two brothers Mario and Martino Prada exactly in this gallery. Moreover, it also houses some of the historical cafes and restaurants in the city, such as Camaprino bar. If you want to grab a coffee or have lunch in the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, keep in mind that the prices are very high, and if you are traveling on a budget, it is not your place to dine. However, if you want to include Milan again in your travel plans, don't miss to stop and spin three times on the dancing bull mosaic. Photos: Design Your Italy
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13:00 - 14:00
Quadrilatero d'Oro - The Golden Fasion Quadrilater
20121 Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Continue your thrilling fashion experience in Milan by strolling around one of the most famous fashion districts in the world. Just a throw away from the Gallery, and bounded by fours streets, the Quadrilatero d'Oro - translated as Golden Quadrilateral - is the shopping area par excellence for luxury buyers. But even if you don't have any intention of purchasing any goods is an absolute must-stop for those interested in fashion. The four main thoroughfares that form the rectangular are Via Montenapoleone, Via Borgospesso, Via Della Spiga, and Via Sant’ Andrea. It is the beating heart of Milanese fashion. Strolling around means making a deep dive into beautifully organized windows of the chic and luxury boutiques that will give you a sense of all the top season trends. During the Woman Fashion Weeks held twice a year, the streets become a theater for pompous events and cocktails where world-famous personages from the fashion spectrum meet. This upscale area is the very epicenter of Milan, making the city recognized on the international fashion scene as one of the most important. After your stroll and eventual window shopping, head to one of the most fashionable places in the whole city and get your eyes mesmerized by some eternal masterpieces created by the legendary Giorgio Armani. Photos: Design Your Italy
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Standard Free

15:00 - 17:00
Armani/Silos Museum
Via Bergognone, 40, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
Armani/Silos is an extraordinary exhibition of one of the most iconic Italian stylists. Known as King Giorgio, he not only shaped the fashion history of Milan but the entire industry, leaving everlasting traces. Created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of uninterrupted success, the museum summarizes the outstanding career of the creative Armani. The permanent art space exhibits timeless pieces divided into different categories. It houses 600 outfits, 200 accessories, and a digital archive. Following the four decades of work, all pieces reflect the stylist philosophy of elegance and essentiality. From masterly tailored dresses worn by famous stars to day wear and exotic sections. Via Borgognone, number 40 is an address you can't miss if you are fashion addicted and where you can spend a couple of hours immersed in human creativity and genius. You can reach the museum from Duomo Cathedral in several different ways. If you like walking, you can get there in half an hour pleasant walk. Otherwise, you can use public transportation as an option. Tram N14 and the green metro line will also get you there at approximately the same time. Photos: Design Your Italy
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Standard 0.00 - 12.00 EUR

18:00 - 23:00
Refreshing Aperitivo in Navigli
Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 14, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
After the visit to the museum, it is time to get a refreshing Milanese-style Aperetivo in one of the most vivid areas of Milan - Navigli. With a short walk of 15 minutes, reach one of the most loved districts characterized by quirky charm and lively nightlife. The history of the canals of Navigli is quite ancient and spans many centuries ago when the city was navigable and crisscrossed by canals and rivers. However, from that past, nothing has remained. In the modern era, Navigli is a trendy area that boasts numerous bars, cafes, and restaurants that offer multiple dining solutions for every budget. Photos: Design Your Italy
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Day 2

09:00 - 11:00
Fondazione Prada
L.go Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano MI, Italy
In the morning, on your second day of the fashion itinerary, start with visiting the cultural foundation co-chaired by one of the most influential and talented Italian stylists, Miuccia Prada. Born and raised in Milan, Miuccia founded Fondazione Prada back in 1993 based on the philosophy and ethical principles of the freedom of creative interpretation in different fields such as art, architecture, and cinema. In fact, the exhibition place is a hub, a converted old distillery, where the contemporary finds some of its best expression in the Lombard capital. And when you reach Fondazione Prada to welcome you is the gorgeous bare stone wall covered in 24-karat gold leaf. Stop by and grab a cup of coffee in another Bar Luce. It is another of the outstanding projects of the Prada Group. Designed by the American film director Wes Anderson, the bar recreates the typical elegant atmosphere of the 50s and the 60' Milanese coffee. The palette of pale green and pink colors, the jukebox machines, and the patterned wallpaper all pay homage to the Italian popular culture of the previous century. The cultural institution area is unique of its kind and offers various conception displays ranging from mesmerizing to provocative. The Torre building offers nine floors. Six of them are dedicated to artworks exhibitions, on the last floor, there is a splendid terrace and rooftop bar, while the rest are visitor facilities. One of the most attractive installations in the Torre is the Upside-Down Mushroom Room by Carsten Höller and Tulips by Jeff Koons. The sober architecture of the museum and its total concept embrace the idea that culture is necessary, deeply connected to modern society. But it is also attractive and engaging. You can reach Fondazione Prada getting the yellow metro line and hopping off at Lodi station. Then, with about a 10-minute walk, you'll be at the entrance. The venue of the exhibition area hosts both permanent and temporary installations, so based on what you want to see, the ticket price varies. Photos: Design Your Italy
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Standard 15.00 EUR
Students 12.00 EUR
Kids 0.00 EUR Under 18

12:00 - 14:00
Brera District
Brera, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
After visiting Fondazione Prada, get the yellow metro line and head to Duomo Square and then to the bohemian heart of Milan - the Brera district. Situated north of Piazza del Duomo and close to the worldfamous Teatro della Scala, it is one of the historic neighborhoods and a must for fashion lovers. The narrow-cobbled streets and the tranquil old-school charm and atmosphere make Brera ideal for a pleasant stroll through the picturesque alleys, escaping the frenetic life of the big metropolis. The area is loaded with copious stylish drink and eat options to choose from, so you can have lunch based on your demands and budget. Just be aware of the so-called tourist traps as they are also not missing in the area. And through the authentic and romantic winding maze of streets and alleys, there are countless small ateliers, shops, and artisan spaces that will make you get into the very essence of the district. Brera is a synonym to art but also an institution on the Milan vintage scene. There are numerous unique apparel retro shops where it is possible to find rare designer pieces and accessories dating back to the 1920s. If you want to make a diverse experience from the usual shopping, then immerse yourself in the fascinating perfume universe. Bring home something fashionable and highly personalized and create your unique fragrance in a perfume boutique. Besides fashion, the district captivates visitors with its long history and art. And when we talk about Brera, it is impossible not to mention the Brera Art Gallery in the beating heart of the neighborhood. It houses numerous artworks of Italian and international painters and has one of the most valuable collections in Italy. But also, the tiny and scenic Botanic Garden and the spectacular ancient red-brick Santa Maria del Carmine Church, situated at the square with the same name. Photos: Design Your Italy
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14:00 - 15:00
Gucci Art Wall
Corso Garibaldi, 111, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
From Brera district, take Corso Garibaldi and continue with your fashion adventure in Milan. Your next stop is Gucci Art Wall. Between Garibaldi and Moscova, more precisely in Largo La Foppa, there is a magnificent colorful mural. The famous Italian brand decided to create a dialog between fashion and street art, giving opportunity talented artists to design original mural paintings that perfectly reflect the brand's fashion identity. The large-scale facade is of quite big dimensions - 176 m sq. (1894 sq foot). The house collaborates with different street artists from all over the world for their campaign. Hence, the urban pattern of the Art Wall always enhances the main street with diverse, seasonal appearances. So, don't miss to look up and admire one of the most outstanding murals in Milan, signed by Gucci. Photo: Design Your Italy
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15:00 - 16:00
Eataly
Piazza Venticinque Aprile, 10, 20100 Milano MI, Italy
Corso Garibaldi is the beginning of another lively district, the Garibaldi one. In recent years the whole area underwent several developments, thus becoming one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city. At the end of the street, you'll find yourself in front of the Garibaldi Gate and Piazza XXV Aprile, where stands the cult destination for Italian gastronomy - Eataly Smeraldo. Housed in the former Smeraldo Theater today, the iconic Italian upscale supermarket offers a wide range of high-quality Italian products. Photo: Design Your Italy
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16:00 - 18:00
10 Corso Como
Corso Como, 10, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
Not far away from Eataly, there is another place that has shaped Milan's fashion identity for decades. 10 Corso Como is a world apart from the frenetic rhythm of the city. It's an exceptional micro-world and one of the oldest concept stores in the fashion capital. It started as an art gallery and bookshop, but not later fashion and design also found their place. Scuttered in a hidden green oasis, 10 Corso Como also has a fashionable garden cafe, where to sit for a while and grab a cocktail or a snack. It's a place where shopping, culture, and relaxation create a dazzling combination and unique synergy. Photos: Design Your Italy
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18:00 - 19:00
Piazza Gae Aulenti
Piazza Gae Aulenti, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
The Garibaldi district is a mix of historical and contemporary areas, and its look rapidly changed over the past decade. So, proceed with your exploration through the shopping area that offers vast choices of shops and pieces of emerging designers. Then reach Gae Aulenti Square and the Unicredit Tower that changed Milan's skyline. The impressive glass structure of the highest skyscraper in the city reflects itself in the futuristic fountain water in the middle of the plaza. The square is a great stop to stop for a while and admire the new modern face of the city. Photos: Design Your Italy
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19:00 - 20:00
Vertical Forest
Via Gaetano de Castillia, 11, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Just a stone throw from Gae Aulenti, there is another of the city's landmarks-the Vertical Forest. The the innovative project involves residential development, and environmental sustainability is one of the most enthralling and original buildings in the whole of Milan. The two iconic residential towers are unique examples of urban architecture, creating a biological habitat and urban ecosystem linking urban life and nature. Covered head-to-toe with various tree species, during the different seasons, the buildings change their look accordingly. In springtime, when all blooms, they become even more picturesque. So, finish your 2 Day Itinerary in this zone. Get a refreshing Aperitivo and have dinner in one of the many restaurants and bars in the area. Say goodbye to Milan! Photos: Design Your Italy
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Hello, I am Vanya, a long-time veteran in the Hospitality industry and founder of Design Your Italy, an independent consultancy firm for tailor-made trips based in Milan. It was my passion for traveling and love for Italy that, over time, had led me to become a professional Travel Designer, helping independent travelers translate their ideas into unforgettable trips. I am happy to share itineraries you can draw inspiration from for your next Italian adventure. Enjoy!

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