SMART: If The Ferrari Is A Bit Too Rich For You
These little cars are actually very popular in Italy and especially in the cities where parking is limited. Prices for these start from about 9,700 Euros including IVA and test drives can be arranged without having to pay for them.
Website below has all the details including downloadable brochures.Related to:
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La Rinascente: Unique Items in A Large Department Store
La Rinascente is a department store with a great history dating back to the mid 19th century in Italy. There are eleven stores in Italy including one in Milan and two in Rome. However the Milan store is truly unique. Offering everything from home goods, clothing, food court, to an exquisite candy store in seven floors it is worth a quick diversion while in downtown Milan.
I was particularly taken by the quality of the goods and their very high prices. Many men's shirts were over 100 up to 150 euros. Women's clothing was proportionally higher.
There was a gorgeous restaurant on the seventh floor with beautiful views of the Duomo from its deck. The restaurant was absolutely packed even on a Sunday mid afternoon. For the views alone the restaurant is worth checking out.
What to buy: The unique candies on the seventh floor. Chocolate molded into beautiful shoes, purses and animals. We purchased a black and white small chocolate purse for one of my wife's aunts for approximately nine euros.
What to pay: Expect to pay a lot for nearly anything in the store.
Algani: A.C. Milan or Inter Soccer Jersey??
More like a nook than an actual store, Algani's is located just behind the Vittorio Emanuele Galleria in the Piazza della Scala. This cute little place has a friendly staff and variety of small and affordable souvenirs. I especially liked it for its reasonably priced Italian soccer team jerseys. I bought a jersey for each of my children who were younger at the time and they were a big hit.
What to buy: Many nice items such as small plates, stationery, postcards, T-shirts, small items and Italian soccer team jerseys to more expensive Italian glass items. Soccer jerseys made of good material were only about 13 Euros; a small plate of Italian scenes was 3 Euros; good paper stationery featuring a scene from one of Da Vinci's paintings was about 6 Euros.
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The Ferrari Store: If You Want A New Car
It's not really my thing but this shop is a bit of a Mecca for car and motor racing enthusiasts. I'm not sure whether the Formula 1 model is actually up for sale or not but the road car on display is with prices starting from about £212,096. Note though that there's a bit of a waiting list and so you can't just fork out the dosh and drive it away.
As an alternative you can arrange a test drive - this costs a bit too and you have to book a slot - there's a stall on the piazza where they'll arrange it for you.
If this is all still too rich for your budget, or if you don't want to wait for your gratification, you can always buy a souvenir key ring or other Ferrari branded stuff - in this case you can just fork out the dosh and walk away with your purchases. Prices still aren't cheap though and a simple leather fobbed keyring will set you back in the region of 50 Euros.
What to buy: Me, I just went for a beer which at about 5 Euros was a much cheaper alternative and to my mind just as satisfying ;-HIC!Related to:
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Rizzoli: If You Run Out Of English Language Holiday Reading
Unsurprisingly, given its location in the grandoise Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Rizzoli bookshop specialises in high-end arty stuff and academic tomes. It does though also stock a range of bestsellers (mostly hardback though) and has an English-language section.
Browsing is of course free and you can have a good gawp at the ornate exterior too!Related to:
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Prada: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The "Prada" shop, which is located in the central position of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the most attractive shop I have seen so far in Milan. You have to belive in my judgement because the fashion clothes is my job.
The collections I have seen are of the extraordinary prestige, top designed, made of excellent fabrics and quality.
What to buy: The prices are very high, not affordable to an five figures income.Related to:
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The Alessi Store: All Alessi
I've loved Alessi designs for years, so I was delighted to find a large Alessi store here,
They make stylish kitchenware and home décor items, ranging from expensive stainless steel teapots and platters to whimsical plastic pieces.
The plastic ones are more in my price range. (Examples: a rabbit in a top hat is a toothpick holder—pull him out by his ears to get the toothpicks; and two little fat guys (salt and pepper shakers) are attached to a pole by their magnetic feet.
Even if you aren't buying, this stuff is fun to look at. I spent quite a while trying to determine what some of the quirky plastic things are used for. I had intended to look, but I got carried away.
Hours: 10-7 Monday-Saturday. (Closed from 2-3 on Mondays)
What to buy: Whatever you love. I couldn't resist some pretty napkin rings and a couple of the fun plastic things.Related to:
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Telecom Italia Spa (TIM): Use of phone while overseas
One way to save on phone bills was to unlock a phone, look for a phone store in Italy and insert the country SIM card. It worked like a charm...easy, fast and inexpensive.
What to buy: We purchased a TIM/SIM card and installed in into our T-mobile phone (which we had unlocked before leaving) and it worked like a charm. For €10, we could make/receive phone calls, send text and call the U.S. for minimal cost per minute.
Football Corner: Support your favorite team
If you are looking for a sporting goods store which sells stuff for your favorite "futbol" team, then this is the place to go. Great selection and good prices with up-to-date gear to choose from.
What to buy: I purchased two shirts from this store, one for AC Milan and the other for Inter Milan.
What to pay: I payed €39/shirt
VestiStock Outlet: Designer shop - outlet
VestiStock Outlet is an outlet in a quiet part of Milan. I knew about it as I arrived at Malpensa airport. It was worth a visit because I noticed that the clothes did not have any problem or damage. The selection is not huge but you will be delighted with the fine selection. There are many shirts for men and nice clothes for women (and a few bags).
It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday thru Friday. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. but on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What to buy: I got pieces from Moschino, Ballantyne and Escada
What to pay: 30% of the original price
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Giuseppe Mengoni, Italian architect, designed the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in 1861. The facade, with its roof made from iron and glass, was built from 1865 to 1877. I was very close to associating its style to baroque because of the colours and some details - but it is of renaissance.
I only had time to look at the architecture and did not go inside the shops. I need to pay a second visit to better describe the shops and what makes it stand out.
What to buy: World-class shops are found in here (Louis Vutton et al).Related to:
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Ferrari Store Milan: Shopping in Fashion District
If you like Ferrari then do not miss their shop in the Montenapoleone elite shopping area on Piazza Liberty. The store is in a five storey building whose interiors contain sales area and an exhibition illustrating the famous automobile maker's history.
The store is very impressive; it is definitely not a two-dollar shop, it is rather a candy shop … it is difficult to walk out without buying something. The shop is designed to appeal largely to people who can not afford a Ferrari but like the brand.
What to buy: It is the best place for a windows-shopping, or if you are really brave you might even buy something. I myself bought nothing, and would recommend you to take a look without buying what you do not need and do not want, simply enjoy.
What to pay: The cheapest item is a €6 ($10) sticker, but a realistic professionally assembled 1/12 scale model of the Ferrari Enzo Street 2002 is already €300 ($500).
The most expensive was a Ferrari road car with a top speed of 350kph +, 0-100kph in 3.65 seconds, 0-200kph in 9.5 seconds!!... and the price, €700,000.
Ferrari Shop: Get yourself noticed on the road
We wandered through this shop and nearly had to put the sunglasses on as some of the clothes were so bright!
We generally looked around but found most things too expensive to even think about buying.
Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Armani, Gucci: Top design
The top designers of Italy has their head quarter here in Milan. It is obligatoric to take a visit to their mainstore. if you dont buy anything at least its worth looking.
Walking the streets of Via Spiga and Montenapoleone you probably will rub shoulder to artist. footballers, actors and supermodels. Pay attention:)
What to buy: everything you can affore. the dresses from Versace are wonderful. or what about a lepard-printed coat from Cavalli?
What to pay: a lot
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Street Sellers: BEWARE OF REPLICAS
You will see on the street many young men selling purses, billfolds, jewelry, watches and other small items that they can pick up and take quickly. I say quickly because when the local police come into the area they grab everything and move away.
Many of these items for sale are fakes made in Asia. So that fancy purse that is being sold for such a great price, is not really such a deal if you want to original designer purse.
It won't do any good to ask them if it is real or not, and if you act interested they will try to pull you into a "deal". Best thing is to ignore them.
What to buy: This Foto below is of the famous, well photographed Fashion Area of Milano. When you see the real thing, up close and personal, it doesn't look so fancy.Related to:
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