Via Dante is a vibrant street between the Piazza Courdusio and the Sforzero Castle in Milan. The street is very wide and free of automobiles. Along the street are charming shops, restaurants and a wide variety of street actors and artisans. The street artisans were different from areas of Italy and Spain. In one case there was an excellent marionette show, a man carving flowers out of fruits and vegetables, and a very good singing of an Italian opera. T
After seeing "The Last Supper," then visiting the Parco Sempione and Castello Sforzesco, we finished our day with a very leisurely walk on the Via Dante, beginning at the castle and headed in the general direction of the Milan Cathedral.
This street is totally pedestrian, and has been since 1996. It is lined with palaces, fine shops, restaurants, and bars, and has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. It is the kind of place I could sit for hours nursing a coffee or a vino - just people watching. I remember Rick Steves saying that local businesses were quite concerned when the Via Dante became pedestrian only, but would not have it any other way now.
Located in the heart of the city, from Piazza Cordusio to Castello Sforzesco, Via Dante is a lively commercial street of Milan.
Numerous shops (not fashion), but also restaurants and coffeehouses are attracting both tourists and natives.
Being close to the heart of Milan’s financial life (Piazza degli Affari - Piazza Cordusio), during lunch time many Milanese business men and banker can be seen taking the lunch or just a walk in this area.
Another ritzy street in Milan full of expensive stores and restarants and gelaterias that have chandeleirs.
When I was there they had an exhibit with pictures of people from around the world with spiritual sayings from such people as Gandi, Martin Luther King, and Jiddu Krishnamurti.
I hope this exhibit stays in Milan so people can stop and realize that there is more to life than the pursuit of material wealth so you can enjoy the good life.
Between the Duomo and the Castello/Parco Sempione you’ll find yourself walking on the Via Dante. A big street famous for all the banks that’s situated there, but also for all the shops and restaurants. All the way down from the cathedral is crowded with nice shops, for both men and women, fine restaurants, wine shops and then in the middle, at Piazza Cordusio, you’ll find all the banks.
Keep in mind though, that the restaurants here are quite expensive and touristy. The same goes for the shops, although they might be a bit specialized. I have hardly ever bought anything on Via Dante, but there are for sure some good shops there.
The road that leads from the Piazzo Duomo to the Sforza Castle is not a tourist draw in itself, but does offer tantalising views of the spectacular Milanese fortress. On many days, as can be seen in the picture, the street is lined with market stalls selling all kinds of produce. Luciano's brother Carlo bought some wonderful Sicilian bread from one market stall, that had possibly the hardest crust I have ever experienced, along with some fine Italian cheeses.
Take a short stroll along the street Via Dante connecting the Piazza del Duomo to the Castello Sforzesco.
Via Dante is lined with shops and restuarants. You can see at the far end the Castello Sforzesco.
When I was there in Oct 04, Via Dante was lined with huge photos of various people and places around the world (right side on the picture)
Although it is not an official attraction, this business building on via Dante is worth taking a picture of. It represents the spirit of Italy - grand and beautiful.