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Quadrilatero d'oro

The local name for the four streets that contain the world's most famous up-market shopping district.

TravelCurious Tip

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.

Nearby Attractions

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The Theatre la Scala
An iconic theatre built in 1778 which has consistently held the most famous opera and ballet performances.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
One of the world's oldest shopping malls, this vast emporium is known locally as "Milan's drawing room".
Milan Cathedral
This spectacular Gothic cathedral, took 600 years to build. With Napolean finishing the facade in 1805.
Brera Palace
A neoclassical structure containing the Pinacoteca di Brera, an art gallery showing Milan's most famous work.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Founded by Gian Poldi Pezzoli this art museum holds a wide variety of Italian and Northern European work.
Museo Bagatti Valsecchi
Originally the Bagatti brother's house, it contains Renaissance furnishings, tapestries and art works.

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