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

6 Weeks Left to Visit Expo Milan 2015

White pavilion against blue skyIf you’re new to Milano, you might have noticed that this year is a big one for the city. Thanks to Expo Milan 2015, the city is humming with tourists and lots of great new stuff is popping up all around town. The World Fair itself has been welcoming record numbers of visitors in September and August. So what are you waiting for? You can browse some general Expo info and keywords on our website. And here are some more tips for planning your September or October visit.

Ticket Discounts
If you qualify for a student ticket and are planning more than one daytime visit to the Expo, you might want to get a season pass. It’s only €58 for students (€75 for all other visitors) and it can be purchased at the Expo site itself or an authorized reseller (remember that you can’t buy student tickets online because your ID needs to be checked for eligibility). Here’s the official price list.
Another option: if you’re thinking about using Milan’s BikeMi bike sharing, you could take advantage of their Expo discounts. With just a few euros more than the regular price for an annual subscription, you get one Expo ticket with your year pass (for a total of about €40). There are also discounts for week or day BikeMi passes with an Expo ticket. Complete info is on the BikeMi website.

Tree of Life with white lights and waterEvening Visits
For shorter, evening-only trips to the Expo, remember that the admission price is only €5. What’s new is that this price is now valid starting at 6pm instead of 7pm, so you’ll have an extra hour to enjoy the event at the super cheap price. And with the area open until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s an even better deal! If you go, don’t miss the Tree of Life light shows at 10pm and 10:30pm every evening (and 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays).

Expo Passport
Last, but not least, there’s a cool way to record your experience and bring home a unique souvenir: the Expo passport! You can fill up your Expo passport with stamps from all the participating countries, getting some cultural vibes from countries you might never fill your real passport with. You can find stands selling passports after entering the Expo site, and they’re just €5.

Keywords for Cracking the Expo Milano 2015 Code

With an area covering 1.1km² and over 140 countries involved, it’s no wonder the 2015 Expo has created something of its very own language. To help you navigate the event, we’ve put together a list of keywords that will guide your visit to the unique celebration that is the Expo!

Rendering of Decumano
Photo from Expo2015 website

Cardo – a 350m axis that is the central pathway for the Italian Pavilion. It runs north-south, as the term was originally used for the main road in this direction in ancient Roman cities. Find out more about it in the Cardo section of the Expo website.

Casa dell’Acqua – 32 free water kiosks where you can drink still or sparkling water, provided by Gruppo Cap.

Cascina Triulza – one of the many Expo pavilions, it’s an old farmhouse that’s been renovated for the event. It houses civil society organizations and focuses on sustainable food practices and part of the UN’s Zero Hunger Challenge installations. More information can be found in the Triulza section of the Expo website.

Cluster – there are 9 pavilions hosting multiple countries or regions, but focused on a particular food topic located throughout the site. These include: Rice, Cocoa and Chocolate, Coffee, Fruits and Legumes, Spices, Cereals and Tubers, Bio-Mediterraneum, Islands, Sea and Food and Arid Zones. Find out all about these areas on the Expo website.

Decumano – a term originally used in ancient Roman cities to describe the road running east-west, this is the main drag at the Expo site. Also called World Avenue, the street is 1.5km long and flanked by the national pavilions and clusters. It symbolizes the connection between where food is consumed (the city) and where food is produced (the countryside). More information is available in the Decumano section of the Expo website.

Expo – also known as the World’s Fair, World Exposition and Universal Exposition. These events are held every few years at a different location around the world and generally have a main theme that participating countries focus on in their pavilions. The first Expo was held in London in 1851.

Expo Gate and Castle
Photo from Expo2015 website

Expo Gate – a location in downtown Milan (in Piazza Castello) where information is available about the Expo and where you can also get tickets. It’s open every day from 10am to 8pm. More information is available on the Expo website.

Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life – this year’s official motto and theme for the Expo. Participants are asked to focus on food, farming, resources and culinary traditions. Read more about the theme on the Expo website.

Foody – the Expo’s mascot, loosely based on Giuseppe Arcimboldi’s portraits made of different kinds of food. Before the inauguration of the event, the mascot traveled around the world promoting the Expo. Now, there’s a Foody Parade two times a day along the Decumano at 11:30am and 4:00pm. Learn more in the Foody section of the Expo website.

Pavilion – exhibition area for participating countries, international organizations, civil society organizations and corporations. Each pavilion has been funded, built and managed by the participating partner and hosts itineraries, exhibits, events and food tastings. Find out all about the 96 pavilions on the Expo website.

Pavilion Zero – located right at the main entrance of the Expo, this is meant to be a general introduction to the site. It has a few cool exhibits focusing on the theme and it’s definitely worth a visit! Find out more on the Expo website.

People Mover – the name of the environmentally-friendly shuttle that is available to get around the Expo area. They run every 5-7 minutes in a clockwise direction around the area. If you need to get from one end of the Decumano to the other, you might want to think about using the bus!

Rho – the name of the city just outside the Milan city limits where the Expo site is located. Remember that because it’s in Rho, which is technically not Milan, public transport tickets cost more than travel within the city.

Thematic Area – these are pavilions that feature topic-based itineraries with a specific focus. The areas include: Pavilion Zero, Future Food District, Children’s Park, Biodiversity Park and Art & Food (the latter is not located at the Expo, but at the Triennale building). Get more info in the Thematic Areas section of the Expo website.

Tree of LifeAlbero della Vita in Italian, an installation designed by Expo Artistic Director, Marco Balich. The wood and steel structure is based on designs from the Renaissance. It’s located in the center of Lake Arena, next to the Italy Pavilion. You can periodic water shows in the fountains surrounding the tree. Word on the street is that the sculpture will be relocated to Piazza Loreto in Milan after the end of the Expo, but a final decision still hasn’t been made. Read more about the structure on the Italy Pavilion website.

Zero Hunger Challenge – a UN supported initiative that was launched in 2012 with the objective of allowing all people to have access to nutritious food. The UN has created 18 installations representing this challenge, located in various locations around the Expo site, instead of in one pavilion. Get more info about this topic in the dedicated section of the Expo website.

Everything You Need to Know About EXPO Milano 2015

A few weeks have gone by since the official opening of the Expo, definitely the event of the year (or perhaps decade) for Milano. All the VIPs came out for the inauguration on April 30-May 1 and now the dust has settled, both literally and figuratively, on the Expo site. The last pavilions are being finished and the volunteers and workers have had time to get into their routines welcoming and assisting visitors. That makes now the best time to go!

So you’ve decided to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. But before you go, you need some basic info on when to gowhere to buy tickets, how to get there and how to plan your day. All these details are available on the Expo website, of course, but we’ve put together a one-page summary for easily access, just for students!

Avoid the kids and wait a few weeks (or go at night)
The Expo is open every day 10am to 11pm, from May 1-October 31. That gives you lots of options for when to go. One thing to keep in mind is that during these first few weeks lots of local schools are bringing schoolchildren to the site for a field trip. Want to avoid the throngs of kids? Just wait until school is no longer in session: the last day of class is June 8. Keep in mind that school will start up again in the fall in mid-September.
If you can’t wait that long, by all means, brave the crowds. Or just go on an evening ticket, which is super-cheap (see info below). The field trips will be over long before 7pm!

Egea sign for Expo ticketsSkip the ticket line and get tickets in advance
Student tickets can’t be purchased online because you need to show your ID to prove that you’re a student in order to get the discounted price. The official Expo price for students up to 25 years old is €29. You should buy your tickets at a the ExpoGate (in Piazza Cordusio, near the Castle Sforzesco fountain) or another authorized vendor in order to avoid waiting in line at the Expo site. (Be aware that even if you skip the ticket line at the Expo, however, you’ll still have to wait to pass through the airport-like security, so be prepared to queue up!)
All students enrolled at a Milan university have an even bigger discount for one ticket: €10! And Bocconi students get a bigger reduction still, with a price of just €7. Bocconi students should go to the Egea bookstore between 10-25 June to get this discounted ticket.
Another low-cost option is the €5 evening price for admission after 7pm. This a good option to get a feel for the Expo itself, but keep in mind a few important caveats: lines can be long for buying tickets (so, again, buy tickets in advance either online or at a ticket reseller in Milan) and some pavilion activities may be closed in the evening. Restaurants, of course, will be open, so you can choose one of the many international cuisines for your dinner. This is also a great way to enjoy the famous installation the Tree of Life, designed by the Expo’s artistic director Marco Balich, because the artwork features a spectacular lights show. Also, a few of the pavilions put on music and entertainment during the later hours, so it’s a pleasant way to the spend the evening. Turnstiles for entrance close at 9pm and the site closes at 11pm, but there’s talk of keeping the Expo open until midnight on the weekends. Yet another reason to take advantage of the cheap evening ticket!

Photo from Expo2015 website

Leave the car, take the subway
If you happen to have a car in Milan or if you’re subscribed to one of the many car sharing services in the city, you might be tempted to drive to the Expo. Resist the temptation! Parking is super expensive (€12 per car), advance reservations are required and you’ll need to take a shuttle to get from the parking lot to the pavilions.
The best way to get to the Expo is by taking one of the subway lines that stop there. Coming from the city, the red line (M1) in the Rho Fiera Expo direction is probably the easiest option. Other less-used lines are part of the Regional Rail Service, just look for S5, S6, S11 and S14. Remember, however, that Rho is outside the city limits and your usual monthly pass to use the public transportation won’t cover your trip. You’ll still need to get another ticket to get to the Expo: a round-trip ticket is €5. Complete info is available on the ATM website.

Internal scene with net
Photo from Expo2015 website

Channel your inner Indiana Jones and choose wisely
There are a total of 96 pavilions representing 143 countries at the Expo. That means that you absolutely won’t be able to see everything in one day. So choose wisely! You can visit the pavilion of your home country or that of your friends. Or maybe go to the places representing countries you may not get a chance to actually visit in the near future. Or make your choice simply based on the attractions at the pavilions: a full-on forest in Austria, a fun net walkway in Brazil, a slide in Germany, an immense plant wall in Israel, the scarcity project in Switzerland or the sand-like architecture in the United Arab Emirates. You can study up on everything the Expo has to offer by checking out their website.
Remember, the area is open from 10am to 11pm every day, so you can certainly pack in a lot during that time… but not everything!

Skip breakfast and come hungry
Remember how there are a total of 96 different pavilions? There are just about that many choices of where and what to eat, as most countries also offer a few options for visitors to taste the local cuisine. Prices vary greatly, from a few euros for a sandwich to a full meal of €40-50 euros. Some highlights: empanadas in Argentina, arepas in Columbia, foie gras in France, fish burgers in Holland, satay in Indonesia, kimchi in Korea, margaritas in Mexico, arancini at the Mediterranean cluster, lobster rolls in the US . Of course, this is just a small taste of all the Expo has to offer. So bring a few extra euros and an empty stomach and you won’t be disappointed!

Short Food Movie @ Expo 2015

Short Food Movie and Expo logos

Want to win a trip to Milan and the Expo? If you have some video making skills under your belt (or a desire to learn) and a passion for food, you could win by participating in the Short Food Movie initiative. Whether you’re interested food production, cooking, nutrition or you want to create a message aimed at abolishing hunger around the world, you can create a short video and share it with the world, both online and at the Milano Expo 2015.

Short Food Movie and Expo logosVideos will be on the Short Food Movie website, in addition to Pavilion Zero at the Expo itself. Pavilion Zero is the first area visitors will see as they explore the grounds of the fair. Designed by Michele de Lucchi, a large part of the project is a huge panel of TV screens focusing on food issues. This where the videos submitted by people from all over the world will be played (without audio).

When you’re creating your video, you should keep the main Expo themes in mind: improving the quality and safety of food; ensuring a healthy, quality nutrition for all human beings; preventing the key societal diseases of our time, related to nutrition; innovating the whole food supply chain by means of corporate and technology research; educating to a proper nutrition; enhancing food traditions as cultural and ethnic values.

Of course there are also a few rules you need to remember for the competition. Videos should work with and without sound (sound will be included when uploaded to the website, but not at the Expo installation), no logos can be included, they have to last between 30 and 60 seconds and copyright rules can’t be infringed upon.

Also, when you upload your video, you’ll have to choose one of the following categories:

  • Food & Life
  • Food & Nature
  • Food & Sustainability
  • Food & Culture
  • Food & Production
  • Food & People
  • Zero Hunger Challenge (UN initiative)

You could win a trip to Milan and tickets to Expo Milan 2015! The public will vote for their favorite videos and the 15 with the most votes will be eligible to receive this great prize. A panel of judges will choose 3 out of those 15 videos as winners to come to the event. Check the website, as details are forthcoming. Voting starts on 10 November 2014.

So warm up your camcorder (or mobile phone, tablet or camera with video recording functions), get your creative juices flowing and be a part of the Expo!

Theme for Milano’s Upcoming Expo

What is Expo 2015? Why was the city of Milano chosen to host the universal exposition fair over the other cities that placed a bid for the spot? What does this mean for the future of the food business? Read on to find out all this and more!

“Expo Milano 2015-Italy” will host the worldwide exposition that focuses on the agricultural and foodstuffs issues in today’s world. It will be an international event that sponsors workshops and debate on these issues, encouraging the frontiers of science and technology as well as communication and promotion for interested innovative businesses in the field. The city of Milano was chosen to host the expo because of its theme, which was deemed the candidates’ most pertinent issue by the Expo’s selection committee.

Famine, obesity and food safety and health are all increasingly important matters in a world that sees food shortages in developing countries and health issues related to diet and obesity in more developed countries.

Food quality and availability is one of the world’s most fundamental needs. Because of this, the Expo’s main objective is to promote tradition, creativity and innovation related to food and agriculture. In order to ensure this happens, research and technology, providing knowledge on proper diet, biodiversity, monitoring agricultural and production methods as well as finding new dependable food sources should all be improved upon. All this and more will be examined and analyzed in the 2015 Expo in Milano!

For more information and updates, please go to the official website.