You say luxury and the first word that comes to mind in Milan is the ‘Quadrilatero’. That’s right because, throughout the world our Quadrilatero della moda is recognized as the most exclusive destination for upscale shopping. Via Montenapoleone, via della Spiga, via Gesù, via Verri, via Borgospesso, via Santo Spirito, via Sant’Andrea and via Manzoni are the nec plus ultra of Milanese fashion, for men, women and even children, thanks to the marvellous boutiques that vie for attention with glittering window displays and unmissable collections. But not only. If you’re tired and want to take a truly chic break then Via della Spiga make sure to recharge your batteries with a classic espresso at Cova, the historic bar now owned by fashion giant LVMH in via Montenapoleone or the new Pasticceria Marchesi across the street, currently owned by the Prada Group. Another reference point for upmarket shopping is the picturesque, iconic and simply spectacular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, home to the greats of fashion, including Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Versace…a unique destination both whose upper and lower spaces are well worth a visit. Known as the ‘Living Room of the Milanese’, the Galleria now also offers a spectacular rooftop view. In fact, a pedestrian path along its rooftop walkways was recently opened to the public together with a small skating rink, from which you can enjoy an unparalleled view over piazza Duomo and its surroundings!

[Photo Credits: Condé Nast Traveler]