6 Made in Milan Brand Museums

Fashion, the automotive industry, cocktails, design and football. These sectors are all essential to Milan’s identity and business community. And each is represented by a company based in the city with their own museum. Find out more about where you can learn about each company’s history and brand. all Made in Milano.

Bodice of embroidered garment1. Armani Silos: Fashionistas should head to this museum, focusing on 40 years of Armani fashion. Sections focus on different topics, including Stars, Daywear, Esotismi, Cromatismi and Luce. Come to browse 600 outfits and 200 accessories from Armani collections. Get an inside look at the designer’s aesthetic and how it has evolved over the years.
Address: Via Bergognone 40
Getting There: M2 Porta Genova
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-8pm; Thurs and Sat open till 10pm
Admission: €12

2. Fondazione Pirelli: The automotive industry in Northern Italy is world-famous, with brands based in Maranello (Ferrari), Torino (Fiat) and Sant’Agata Bolognese (Lamborghini). But most of these cars get their tires from a company based right here in Milano: Pirelli. To find out more about the history of the company and their communication materials, visit the foundation.
Address: Viale Sarca 222
Getting There: M5 Ponale
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; reservations required
Admission: Free

Stand with Campari logo3. Galleria Campari: A brand known around the world for its pre-dinner cocktails, Campari is also based in Milano. Check out their cool multimedia exhibit featuring their communication campaigns, especially from the belle epoque era. With 150 years of history, their image and design identity are still very relevant today.
Address: Via Gramsci 161, Sesto San Giovanni
Getting There: M1 Sesto 1 Maggio
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri: tours at 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm; first and third Saturday of every month: tours at 10am, 11:30am, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm
Admission: Free

Façade of Kartell Museum4. Kartell Museo: Milano is known around the world as a design capital. As one of the most famous Italian design brands, Kartell’s museum does not disappoint. Located outside the city (so you’ll need to take a bus to get there), great collections of 8,000 objects, 5,000 designs and 15,000 photographs are available. You can learn more about the brand’s history, production, materials used, technology and communication strategies.
Address: Via delle Industrie 3, Noviglio
Getting There: Take the Rosate or Motta Visconti bus from the M2 Famagosta stop and get off at the Noviglio Santa Corinna stop
Opening Hours: Contact the museum to make a reservation
Admission: Free

Cup and exhibit from AC Milan museum5. Mondo Milan Museum: For soccer fans (and especially AC Milan fans), this is the museum for you. Learn all about the team’s history, spanning over 100 years, with a focus on famous players, trophies and memorabilia. There is currently a temporary exhibit included in the price focusing on the FIFA World Cup and how its made.
Address: Via Aldo Rossi 8
Getting There: M1 Lotto or M5 Portello
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm
Admission: €18 full price, €12 for Cuore Rossonero cardholders

6. Museo Branca: With a history dating back to 1845, Branca’s museum has been open since 2009. Located in the 1913 factory, it focuses on the brand’s advertising history and the production of the digestif. And if you want to find out even more, head to the Torre Branca (admission cost €5), designed by Gio Ponti and towering 108m above Parco Sempione.
Address: Via Resegone 2
Getting There: M3 Maciachini, Passante Lancetti
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-3pm; reservations required
Admission: Free

Where to Get Designer Clothes at Half the Price in (and near) Milano

With all the #milanfashionweek fashionistas around town recently, you might feel inspired to update your wardrobe. But there’s only one problem: you’re on a student budget! Have no fear, we’ve got the solution for you. While you may not be able to get the absolute latest styles with your depleted funds, that doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on quality.

In addition to the many online options, there are quite a few brick and mortar spots in and around Milano for some good old-fashioned retail therapy: sometimes you just need that in-person browsing, where you can feel the fabric and try on each garment before buying.

A few discount outlet shops are located in the city, but the big outlet malls are all out of town. So, without further ado, here are 4 smaller stores in Milan and 5 outlet shopping centers a few kms away, along with 1 bonus outlet shop.

People walking through galleryOutlets in Milano

10 Corso Como Outlet: The sister store to the world-famous 10 Corso Como, this outlet version has a great selection of past collections at discounted prices. Each week features specific designers, so you’re always sure to find something new!
Address: Via Tazzoli 3 Milano
Getting There: M2 Porta Garibaldi stop
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm

Il Salvagente: This is one of the city’s best known and oldest outlets. Enjoy browsing the three floors of designer clothing, focusing on Made in Italy styles.
Address: Via F.lli Bronzetti 16 Milano
Getting There: Take the “Passante” (underground train) to the Dateo stop
Opening Hours: Mon 3-7:30pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7:30pm; Sun 11am-7pm

Dmagazine Outlet: This outlet offers 3 super-central locations but not super-big discounts.
Addresses: Via Manzoni 44; Via Bigli 4; Via Forcella 13
Getting There: M3 Montenapoleone; M1 San Babila; M2 Porta Genova
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-7:30pm; Mon-Sun 10am-7:30pm; Mon-Sat 10:30am-7pm

Diffusione Tessile: A nationwide chain, this factory outlet also has an online store. When browsing, you won’t know which designer created the clothing, but quality is always high. There are two locations near Milano, but the store below is easier to reach by public transport.
Address: Via Benedetto Croce 1/A Cesano Boscone
Getting There: Take the S9 “Passante” (underground train) from Romolo or Porta Romana to the Cesano Boscone stop
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

Outlet Malls Near Milano

Serravalle Designer Outlet: Opened in September 2000, this mall says it’s one of the largest factory outlet spaces in Europe with over 180 stores with prices reduced from 30%-70% all year around.
Address: Via della Moda 1, I – 15069 Serravalle Scrivia (AL)
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

FoxTown Factory Stores: Actually located in Switzerland (very close to the border), but only 50kms away from Milano, with over 170 stores to browse through.
Address: Via A. Maspoli 18, CH-6850 Mendrisio, Switzerland
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm

Fidenza Village Outlet Shopping: This shopping center is located near the beautiful city of Parma and has over 90 stores with a lot of discounted items.
Address: Via San Michele Campagna – Località Chiusa Ferranda 43036 Fidenza (Parma)
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

Vicolungo Style Outlet: Has over 150 stores with discounts from 30%-70%.
Address: Piazza S. Caterina ang. Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, 28060 Vicolungo
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

Franciacorta Outlet Village: 70 minutes from Milan, Franciacorta Outlet Village is located in a beautiful land famous for its sparkling white wine. 160 stores offering the trendiest brands in clothing and accessories, with up to 70% off traditional store prices.
Address: Piazza Cascina Moie 1/2, Rodengo Saiano BS
Getting There: A shuttle leaves daily from Largo Cairoli and Central Station; roundtrip tickets cost €20 and a coupon for shopping is included
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

Bonus: Armani Outlet near Como

Armani Outlet: If you love everything Armani but can’t handle the resulting strain on your wallet, you might consider a visit to the official outlet. You’ll probably have a much larger selection here than any outlet mall or shop and it’s not too far from Milano.
Address: Via Provinciale per Bregnano 12, Vertemate con Minoprio
Getting There: Take the train from the Milano Nord Cadona station to Fino Mornasco (40 minutes), then a 15-minute taxi to the outlet
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2pm and 3pm-7pm

2014 Christmas Markets in Milan

With the holiday season almost here, the time has come to think about exchanging gifts with friends and family and maybe decorating your apartment or dorm room with some festive trimmings.

As a predominately Catholic country, Italy celebrates the several important holidays in December and early January. In Milan, the season official kicks off on 7 December, the Feast of St. Ambrose, the patron saint of the city. That’s immediately followed by a national holiday on 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Then of course Christmas is on the 25th, and the day after, St. Stephen’s Day, is also a holiday. Winter vacation usually ends right after 6 January, which celebrates the Epiphany.

So now that you know more about the calendar, you can understand why Christmas shopping usually revolves around 7-8 December: everyone has some extra time to think about presents and seasonal decorations! Milan may not be as famous for its Christmas markets as some other northern European cities, but the Milanese do enjoy taking part in some annual holiday shopping. Find out more below!

Crowds at holiday marketL’Artigiano in Fiera
This huge event has been hosted in Milan for almost 20 years – it seems to get bigger each year. With over 3,000 stands (!), you really need at least a full day –and a lot of stamina – to see everything. Your best bet is to make a game plan beforehand so you can hit the countries or Italian regions you’re most interested in. And don’t forget to come hungry: this market is also a great place to taste some good food from all over the world.
Open daily from 10am to 10:30pm through 8 December. Take the red line (MM1) to the Rho Fiera stop, but make sure you buy a €2.50 transport ticket since Rho is outside the city limits. Admission is free.

Fiera degli O’Bej O’Bej
This traditional market reportedly dates back to the 13th century. It’s held on and around the city’s saint’s day, 7 December, and lasts about one week. For the past few years, the market is located in Piazza Castello. Crafts and other items are on sale, as well as typical winter foods like chestnuts and sweets.
This year the market will be held from 5 to 8 December. Located at the Cairoli Castello stop on the subway (MM1).

Corsa dei Babbi Natale
On 13 December at 3:30pm, hundreds of people dressed up as Santa Claus will take the streets on a 5km run starting and ending in Piazza Castello. The registration fee is €15, and all participants will receive a Santa hat, bag, a race number and a few coupons from sponsors. The website is in Italian so you might need a native speaker to help you navigate the online registration.

Other Markets
Various other outdoor markets around the city will also start springing up during the weekend of December 7th, and should last until Christmas. Locations include Duomo, Paolo Sarpi, Piazza Gae Aulenti, Affori, Portello, Isola and others!

Internet Fashion Inspiration from Milano

One of the world’s most important cities for the fashion industry, Milano is especially known for its top-down spread of trends and style. What you see on the designer runways usually eventually translates into what you can find on the store racks and what is worn on the streets in the city and then in other parts of the country and other parts of the world. But with the Internet changing so many aspects of life and culture these days, there’s a bottom-up process going on too, letting anyone with a camera and some IT skills influence the fashion world. With fashion photo blogs, people on the street are influencing the broader public as well as the fashion industry itself.

To find out more, browse our list of street fashion bloggers working in and around Milano. You might get some ideas for your next clothing purchase, tomorrow’s outfit, or maybe even be inspired to add your own voice to the blogosphere!

  • The Sartorialist – known as the original fashion blogger, he specializes in street photography, often following events in the main fashion cities, including Milano;
  • Blue is in Fashion this Year – this blog has a mix of style trending, with lots of photo collages of other fashion blog sites;
  • The Fashion Fruit – the creator is a young lady interested in fashion. She models for most posts, often posing in one of Milano’s parks;
  • Corriere della Moda – this site features another young lady in Milano commenting on fashion and modeling her own outfits;
  • Street Peeper – this NYC-based street photographer posts occasional photos from Milano too;
  • The Blonde Salad – Chiara, a well-known Milano fashion blogger, she’s a former Bocconi student who has a super-large following.

What’s Happening in Milano in September 2014

September is a time for new beginnings. Students come back to school classrooms and university lecture halls, workers filter back into town after spending a few weeks at the beach or in the mountains. And the city of Milano comes to life with tons of cool events, from music to film to soccer to fashion. To find out about the biggest fests and happenings, read on!

MiTo logoMITO Music Festival
4-21 September
A yearly event held in both Turin and Milan, this festival brings music to the streets and halls of the city. Mostly focused on classical music, there are also jazz performances and other events like lectures, book presentations and exhibits. A closing dance party is also on the program, set for 21 September, at the Mercedes-Benz Center Milano. Ticket prices are different for each event, and can be purchased online or before the performance, if available. Don’t miss it!

Milano Film Festival
4-14 September
This annual movie fest has feature films, shorts, animated flicks, events and movies for kids lots of other side events. Films are from all over the world so lots of languages are represented, check out their website for more info. Ticket prices range from €4-8 and can be purchased before each screening. It’s a must for film lovers and a great way to enjoy the outdoor venues as the Milanese return to the city after summer break!

AC Milan logoSerie A Soccer Games at San Siro
14, 20, 24 and 28 September
AC Milan or Inter fan? The Serie A tournament kicked off at the end of August, which means the city’s soccer stadium will be packed whenever a game is scheduled: they’re typically on Sunday evenings, though games can also be on Sunday afternoon or Saturday evening or the occasional Wednesday evening game. The next matches will be:
– Inter-Sassuolo, Sunday 14 September, 3:00pm
– Milan-Juventus, Saturday 20 September, 8:45pm
– Inter-Atalanta, Wednesday 24 September, 8:45pm
– Inter-Cagliari, Sunday 28 September, 3:00pm
AC Milan tickets can be purchased online, at a Banca Populare di Milano branch or the AC Milan offices, near Portello. Get more info on the team’s website. Inter tickets can be purchased online or at one of the many Best Union sales points located in Milano and around Italy. Get more info on the team’s website.

Fashion's Night Out logoVogue Fashion’s Night Out
16 September
This event was created by the world-famous fashion magazine in NYC in 2009. It gradually expanded to include other fashion capitals and now events are organized in tons of cities around the world. What can you expect if you’re out on the town on the 16th? Lots of people hanging out in designer shops after-hours, some freebies, limited edition items, a fun look at the fall/winter fashions and maybe some celebrity sightings. What’s not to love to kick off fashion week?

Milan Fashion Week
17-22 September
Each fall after New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, fashionistas head to Milano to see  lots of great designers sending their newest looks down the runway. If you’ve got an “in” with the fashion world, you might be able to snag in invite to one of the shows. If not, you’ll have to settle for people watching outside the venues or watching live or taped fashion shows on the jumbo screens scattered around town.

Celebrating Halloween in Milano?

Historically, Italy has been a prevalently Catholic country. So it should come as no surprise that all the big Vatican holidays on the calendar are also national holidays in the bel paese, giving students and workers a break from their everyday routine. On some campuses, these holidays also coincide with exams, and at Bocconi partial exams are scheduled around the time of All Saints’ Day, November 1.

Black gloves with painted bones

In recent years, the Anglo-Saxon tradition of Halloween has crept into popular culture around Milano, especially among the younger generations. Kids might dress up as witches and vampires, enjoying another opportunity to wear a fun costume. Same goes for the twenty-something crowd, because there are lots of parties at clubs around town where you can dress up and dance the night away. Just do an internet search for Halloween parties in Milano and you’ll be spoiled for choice.

But before heading out to that special party on the 31st, you’ll need a costume! It’s too late to take advantage of the many online resources available (shipping takes at least a few days). And if you’re not into DIY, or you left your handy sewing machine back home, your only option are those old-fashioned brick-and-mortar shops. Luckily for you, Milano has several options:

  • Most of the larger supermarkets have a small selection of the usual costume supplies like hats, make-up kits and some low-quality outfits. Some might be more geared towards the kids, but it’s usually worth a browse while picking up some groceries.
  • There are lots of variety stores or discount stores scattered around the city that often carry holiday supplies. Cartolerie (office and school supply stores) also might have children-oriented goods.
Window with Halloween decorationsIf you want the more variety and maybe higher quality, there are also quite a few stores specializing in costumes in various parts of Milano. Here are just a few:
  • Mondo in Festa, Via Col di Lana 7. This is the closest holiday supply store to the Bocconi campus. It’s fairly small but should have a few options, including face paints, costumes and other supplies if you’re hosting a Halloween party.
  • Carneval Planet, Piazzale Cantore 5. Very close to the Darsena and the Navigli, this is a larger shop with a wide variety of costumes. It’s also pretty close to campus.
  • La Bottega del Carnevale, Via Mercato 5. This store has been specializing in costumes for decades. It’s huge and located near the Lanza station, near Brera. Worth a visit any time of year!
  • Party World, Via Alessandro Volta 16. Near the Moscova subway stop, this place has a good supply of costumes and supplies.
  • Publimagic, Via Paolo Lomazzo 25. You can rent costumes here if you’d rather not buy your costume. Just make sure you’re not too late to get the one you want! Located near Corso Sempione.
  • Party Magic, Via San Gregorio, 6. Located near the Lima subway stop (red line), here’s another option for your fancy dress needs.

The above links are generally in Italian, so for more info, either get an Italian-speaking friend to help you out or go directly to the store to see for yourself. And of course, be safe, dress to the nines, have fun and…

Happy Halloween!

Remember When…

As study abroad students are finishing up their exams and packing up their things to either travel around the globe or head back home, it’s time to start thinking about what souvenirs you should bring home to friends or family, or keep as a memento of your time in Milano! Here’s a list of ideas. What are yours?

“I heart Milano” memorabilia – Whether you opt for the classic white t-shirt, a different color or a mug, pencil or keychain, this design has taken off in Milano too, like many other cities around the world since it was started in the ’70s in NYC.

Soccer jersey – For all the soccer fans out there, there are plenty of sports stores around town that sell popular jerseys for footballers from the two Milano teams, Inter and AC Milan. Just pick your favorite and wear it with pride!

Souvenir of Milano monument – With three icons to choose from – the Duomo, the La Scala opera house or Leonardo’s Last Supper – there are lots of little souvenirs for you to remember the city. Whether you choose a little statue of the Duomo to keep on your desk, a La Scala poster from the opera you attended or a book on Leonardo, the choices are endless.

Recipe notes – Italian food is renowned the world over, so why not put together some of your favorite recipes from your time in the bel paese? Ask some friends or just jot down a new way of cooking your favorite meal so you don’t forget. And maybe pass it along to some friends back home!

Italian foodstuffs – Italy is also well-known for its edible products, from olive oil, vinegar and saffron to chocolate (think Ferrero anything, gianduiotto or chocolate from Modica). Be sure to stock up on whatever you can’t get back home, and let your friends try something new.

Italian beverages – For anyone who enjoys having a drink every now and then, it’s not a bad idea to take home a memento from an excellent Italian vineyard. Wines with DOCG status (denominazione di origine controllata e garantita, the highest quality category for Italian wines) from Lombardy include Franciacorta, Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico, Valtellina Superiore, Sforzato di Valtellina and Moscato di Scanzo, but there are so many good wines from the region and all over Italy that it usually just depends on your own personal tastes when choosing the best bottle. And what’s more, there are also some delicious beer brands that are hard to find outside Milano. The classic brand Menabrea, made west of Milano in Biella, is just one example of a pretty high-quality brew. But remember, when flying you’ll have to check any luggage with these tasty liquids and be sure to pack with lots of padding!

Milano movies – Update your DVD collection with a few movies set in Milano. Here are just a few titles:

  • Che Bella Giornata (2011)
  • I Am Love (2009)
  • The International (2009)
  • Si può fare (2008)
  • Chiedimi se sono felice (2000)
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)

Memorabilia from your alma mater – Last but not least, don’t forget to pick up something from the university that hosted you while abroad! Milanese universities (including Bocconi) have various items, like t-shirts, mugs, bags, pens, etc. at their book stores which you can get to show off your college spirit.