The shopping, probably one of...
The shopping, probably one of the reasons why you decide to come here to the capital of fashion. The best area is Corso Vercelli, full of shops. The centre is really ok to walk but doesn't have shops where you can really can find good quality.
Via dante is ok too.
Corso Buenos Aires is mainly CRAP.
Bring with you a lot of money, above all, if you're a woman and like shopping. Does anyone know a woman who doesn't like it? Uhmm, rethoric question, indeed.
Well, as you know, , near the Duomo ,and to be more precise, in the so called 'Quadrilatero d'oro=Golden Quadrilateral' --Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Via S. Andrea-- there are the showrooms of the most important Italian stylists such as: Armani, Coveri, Versace, Krizia. An ideal place for your shopping, isn't it?
Try the one from Pasticceria Bastianello. Absolutely delicious. Panettone is the typical Milan Christmas cake. Life won't be the same after trying it. It's made of raisins, candy fruit and may be garnished with chocolate or other amenities. Real Milanese eat the traditional version. From 6 to 15 euros depending on where and what you buy. If you buy it in January or February prices go down steeply. It's impossible to find it from March to November.
All over Milan there...
All over Milan there are loads of bars and restaurants but this is probably the most populated area. It consists of two main canals which were built to bring the stone up from Pavia when they were building the duomo
There are bars and restaurants all the way up and down the canal and also some fab ice cream shops. The dress style is variable, a lot of people dress up a bit but you can also be very casual depending on which bar you go to. All the bars also send to sell snacks and are open until about 2am.
Its a great place to chat and people watch but beware of the mosquitoes in the summer, they are absolutley evil and must feast on all that flesh!
Milan to Switzerland border (Chiasso)
There are regular trains every day and many in a day from Milan to Swiss-Italian Border of Chiasso. The last italian town is called Como and the first Swiss town is called Chiasso. Interestingly in Chiasso everyone speaks Italian too.
The one way journey from Milan to Chiasso is 45 mins by train and it costs 5.06 Euros one way.