Head to the nearby Pasticceria Confetteria Cova for delicious panettone and coffee — size 0 is overrated, anyway
The Quadrilatero d’oro (Golden Quadrilateral) refers to four adjoining streets found just north of the Duomo. Those four streets mark the fashion district in a city that is renowned for just that. As you would expect, it is full of chic boutiques, design showrooms and extravagant jewellers. Many of the streets are pedestrianised, so its the perfect place to stroll and marvel at what money can buy, which is rather a lot.
Milan is home to the flagship stores of many designers, among them Armani, Versace, Prada and Gucci. All that glamour is concentrated in the Golden Quadrilateral, and the succession of exotic yet familiar names read like a spell, mesmerising alongside the lights, colour and sheer elegance of the ateliers. It enchants you to spend, but be careful: the Golden Quadrilateral ranks among the most expensive and upmarket areas in the world, together with New York’s Fifth Avenue and Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris.
There’s more to the Golden Quadrilateral than simply shopping. Interspersed among the fashion stores are numerous historic palaces, including the Palazzo Morando which contains the city’s fashion museum. There are also two house museums in the shape of Poldi Pezzoli and Bagatti Valsecchi, as well as the Grand Hotel et de Milan, where Verdi himself is said to have lodged. And finally, if you feel the need to balance out the materialism with some spirituality, you can visit the Church of San Francesco di Paola, a beautiful neoclassical church that echoes the Parthenon.
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