Latest updated on 13 December 2018
This mega shopping centre opened in April 2016. Shopping lovers had great expectations on it, and in the week following its opening day, a crowd of over 350,000 of curious people went to visit this huge full-service supermarket and its 200 plus shops and boutiques.
Il Centro includes – among others – the first LEGO flagship store (not the biggest, though) ever opened in Italy, the first store by H&M Home and also the first KFC to open in the country, the widest Primark store of Italy, a Zara Home, an Illy Cafe, and over 25 food outlets.
The building was designed by architects Michele de Lucchi, Davide Padoa and Arnaldo Zappa, who took inspiration from London’s Covent Garden, they declared. Porches and gardens, doorways, streets, buildings and airy, light-filled interiors pay tribute to the ancient courts of Lombardy and also enhance the shopping experience. The use of polycarbonate sheets for the roof facilitates the diffusion of the light reducing at the same time the radiation, which is normally caused by a transparent surface. Furthermore a particular treatment of the panels’ external wall allows to block the passage of infrared rays that would cause a temperature rise inside of the building. Il Centro won the EPSE AWARDS 2016 for the building’s sustainability through the use of polycarbonate, a prize by the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders.
Multi-Awarded shopping experience
Speaking of awards, the newly open shopping centre also won the Prix Versailles 2017 for its beautiful and also green design, a nomination from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for the 2016 Awards, for the application of the best practices in its business field, and was unique winner of the 2016 Cannes MAPIC Award (a competition annually rewarding excellence, innovation and creativity in the retail real estate industry) in the category Best New Shopping Centre of the year, ‘for its innovative design, iconic architecture, technological solutions and the eco-friendly building materials”. The shopping centre beat international rivals such as the Mall of Scandinavia (Stockholm, Sweden), the Parc Central (Guangzhou, Cina), the Polygone Riviera (Cagnes-sur-Mer, France), the Starfield Hanam (Hanam, South Korea), and the Westfield World Trade Center (New York, USA).
Besides an impressisv enumber of stores, IL CENtro features also a covered play area for children, a baby-sitting service, free Wi-Fi, an information office, tax-free shopping and a dog sitting and grooming service.
In addition to shops and stores, visitors will also find LA PISTA. Where today there is the biggest shopping area of Italy, once there were a factory of legendary cars. Until 2002 this area was the headquarters of Alfa Romeo, and even if the factory moved, the love for motors lasted.
The old circuit of Alfa Romeo has been converted in a brand new testing and safe driving track managed by ACI VALLELUNGA: 1,500 meter of track where to free your own speed desire, learn the importance of safety with safe driving courses and attend events and exhibitions about motors. >>Read more about LA PISTA ACI VALLELUNGA
Only few steps away from the circuit, inside two building signed by Michele De Lucchi, there are a business and didactic centre, as well as a vehicles show room. And for those who still fancy motors, the car industry museum of Alfa Romeo s located just few metres away. >> Read more on the Alfa Romeo museum
Shopping for home and high-tech:
3 stores, Bialetti, Casa Shop, Fazzini Home, Kasanova, H&M Home, Maisone du Monde, Mediaworld, Nespresso, Cover Store, TIM, Viridea, Vodafone, Vorwerk Folletto, Wind, Zara Home.
Adidas, Alcott, Aldo Shoes, Aw Lab, Bata, Barca, Belmonte, Benetton, Bershka, Bianchi, Brums, Calvin Klein, Calzedonia, Camicissima, Camomilla Italia, David Naman, Del Mare 1911, Desigual, Fiorella Rubino, Foot Locker, Foot Locker Kids, Forpen, Game 7 Athletics, Geox, Gutteridge, H&M, Harmont & Blaine, I Am Store, Il Laccio, Imperial, Intimissimi, Jack & Jones, JD Sport, Kiabi, Levi’s, Libero Milano, Liu Jo (Jeans and Man), Mango, Massimo Dutti, Max & Co, Mayoral, Mixeri, Moreal, Motivi, Napapijri, Nara Camicie, Navigare, New Balance, Nucleo, Nuna Lie, Nuvolari, Okaidi, Oregon, Original Marines, Oviesse, Oysho, Paul Taylor, Pellizzari, Piazza Italia, Pimkie, Pittarosso, Primadonna, Primark, Principe, Pull & Bear, Quore, Rinascimento, Ritmo Shoes, Roberta Biagi, Sisley, Stradivarius, Superdry, Tata Italia, Tally Weijl, Terranova, Tezenis, The North Face, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Treesse, Valerio 1966, Vans, Via Condotti, Yamamay, Zara.
Shopping for fashion accessories, gifts and free time:
Accessorize, Bijou Brigitte, Bluespirit, Carpisa, Chic Accent, Disney Store, Dolfi Home, Esotica, Fabiani Gioiellerie, Game Stop, Kaidor, La Boutique del Regalo, Lego, Locman, Miriade, Mondadori Bookstore, O Bag Store, Pandora, Piquadro, Stroili Oro, Swarovski, Thun, Tiger, Toy’s.
Beauty and health:
Bath & Body Works, Bottega Verde, Capello Point, Douglas, Frank Provost, Grand Vision by Avanzi, JLD, Kiko Make Up, L’Erbolario, Limoni, Mac, Nau, NYX, Origani, Parafarmacie Arese, Salmoiraghi & Viganò, Sanafir Wellness, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret.
Food and drink:
Iper la grande i, Iper Drive, Alice, Baccanale, Bar Iper, Caffè Milani, Cioccolatitaliani, Cremamore, Da 30polenta, Daddy Nosh, Dispensa Emilia, Domori, Espressamente Illy, Gelateria Iper, Il Mezzanino Birrificio, KFC, La Piadineria, Lindt, Mc Donald’s, Picard, P.I.E. Pizza Italiana Espressa, Portello Caffè, Ristò, Roadhouse, Rolleat, Signorvino, Stecconatura, Viva, Wiener Haus, Yun Quick.
Pharmacies, Humanitas Medical Care, La Fioristeria flowers, Lava e Cuce, L’Edicola, Mi Fido doggy day care, Pillo, Salus Ortopedia, Viaggi nel risparmio.
Regular opening hours: 7/7, from 9am until 10pm
Open until 11pm during Christmas season (16-23 December 2017), closed on 25 and 26 December, 1 January, and on Easter Sunday.
Opening days and Hours
Open daily 9am-10pm.
Opening hours during sales seasons: usually 7/7, from 8am to 11pm
Open from 9 to 7.30pm on the public holidays of Christmas Eve (24 December), New Year’s Eve (31 December) and usually also for Ferragosto (15 August)
Via Luraghi, 11, city of Arese (Milan)
If you are getting to Il Centro from Milan, please remember that regular underground tickets (1,50€) do not cover the entire journey from the city centre to RHO: Milan’s city centre formally ends at underground stop Molino Dorino (see underground map). Therefore, you should buy an underground ticket to RHO FIERA, or, if you are owner of special carnets, an extra ticket to cover the additional distance. If you own a carnet, you can buy your extra ticket at any of the newspaper shops within the underground, by showing your carnet and telling to shop assistants that you need to reach RHO.
How to reach IL CENTRO:
– Shuttle buses by Zani Viaggi with departure from the main train station are available.
Pick up point: Piazza Duca d’Aosta (underground stop ‘Centrale FS,’ lines: M2, green and M3, yellow)
A round ticket costs 5€ and the purchase is available both on board and on www.zaniviaggi.com
– Bus line 560 from M1 (red line) QT8, the final destination marked on the bus is Arese. Talk to the driver and tell him/her you want to go to the Arese shopping center, the stop is V.le Maretti V.le Nuvolari (Arese) and is roughly 1 Km far from the shopping centre
– Bus line 561 from M1 (red line) Rho Fiera, the final destination marked on the bus front is Arese. Talk to the driver and tell him/her you want to go to the Arese shopping center, the stop is Via Luraghi (Arese) and is very near to the shopping centre (check the timetable here and get confirmation by writing to email@example.com or calling 800-12.69.68)
– Bus lines Z110 and Z122 if you arrive from the train station of the village Garbagnate
– Bus line Z121 if you arrive from the train station of the village Bollate
– Free return shuttle buses from Lainate and Arese are available.
– Guests can also opt to reach the mall also by Drive Now car sharing