The city of Milan is Italy’s fashion capital. It has also gained fame as the “Fashion Capital of the World” as well. This mecca for fashionistas is renowned worldwide for its highly popular Fashion Quadrilateral or Quadrilatero d'oro della moda.
This fashion hotspot has been attracting millions of people from different countries every year. With its numerous boutiques and leading fashion brands, the Fashion Quadrilateral has become the most sought after destination for business travelers and all those who are deeply or remotely connected to the fashion industry.
As you set out to explore the Fashion Quadrilateral, you will discover that four main thoroughfares border the district. The thoroughfares have given this area the nickname of Quadrilatero d'oro della moda. These thoroughfares include Corso Venezia, Via della Spiga, Via Alessandro Manzoni and Via Monte Napoleone.
The showrooms and boutiques in these streets are major attraction for tourists and business visitors arriving in droves from across the world, whose motive is to make purchases or merely take a peek into the latest fashion trends of the season.
Experience the true atmosphere of “Lombard Capital”
Exploring the Quadrilatero d'oro della moda is a completely fascinating experience. While navigating through its many thoroughfares it seems as though the authentic atmosphere of the Lombard Capital has overtaken your senses. The huge presence of various elegant workshops and exploring the unique and grandioso architecture will keep you spellbound endlessly. Moreover it’s the who’s who of the fashion world which will engage your attention and simply amaze you. Just name any of the world’s reputed fashion brands – Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Valentino, Cartier, Gianfranco Ferrè, Bulgari, Veneta, Bottega, Chanel, Fendi, Prada, Alberta Ferretti or Versace – you will find them all here.
Via Monte Napoleone is the heart of the neighborhood. It is among the world’s most expensive and chic streets, and is compared with Paris's Champs-Elysées and New York’s Fifth Avenue. This place has a history of its own. It got its name in 1804, when Napoleon Bonaparte was its ruler. During those days, the city of Milan was visited by foreigners mostly. However, it was only after the 1950s that Via Monte Napoleone gained prominence as an international shopping destination.
Via Alessandro Manzoni is yet another important street in the area which is greatly frequented by the visitors. It was already acknowledged as Mediolanum’s most elegant street during the early 19th century. The street has been named after Alessandro Manzoni, who died in 1874.
Apart from these major tthoroughfares, the Quadrilatero della Moda has many other streets as well. The famous streets also worth exploring include Via Bagutta, Via Sant'Andrea, Via Gesù, Via Santo Spirito and Via Borgospesso. These streets are replete with clothing and accessories boutiques.
Quadrilatero d'oro della moda – A cultural hub
The Fashion Quadrilateral though is a haven for the fashion lovers, it also means much more to those who visit here frequently. This vibrant place is a cultural hub as well, with its many historic palazzi dotted with numerous stores and shops. This place is home to many museums that are exclusively devoted to fashion. While enjoying your shopping sojourn, you can also take out time to visit some of the famous museums in this area such as Bagatti Valsecchi House and Poldi Pezzoli. You can also visit the newly opened fashion museum at Palazzo Morando as well. Don’t miss out visiting other attractions like the famous Grand Hotel et de Milan, the Church of San Francesco di Paola, Palazzo Borromeo d’Adda and the 1700s Palazzo Gallarati Scotti. Celebrated maestro Verdi is said to have resided at the iconic Grand Hotel et de Milan.
For all those serious about shopping or just visiting the area for amazing sightseeing, Milan will keep you entertained. Your fashion or cultural experience undoubtedly awaits you here.