Central Milan Souvenir Shopping, Milan (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Milan without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Milan, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Central Milan Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Central Milan Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Italy » Milan (See other walking tours in Milan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: Daniel

1) Peck

Peck is famous for its homemade ravioli and selection of more than 3,000 different kinds of Parmesan cheese. There is also a well-stocked wine cellar and a mind-boggling array of prosciutto. Even with all this choice, Peck still has something hidden up its sleeve - giant sweets that come in all sorts of different shapes and flavors.

What to buy here: Delicatessen in the Peck Gift Box.

No matter where you live, whenever you think of Italy, food is one of those things you may want to experiment if you come around and share with friends and relatives once home. The time sufficient to meet your need for trying all that Italy can offer might be too long, though. Unless you come to Milan and enter Peck, one of the most ancient food halls in town where local produce are presented and served with the same care you would expect in a boutique. Specialties at Peck's include Italian ham, pasta, olives, oil, over 100 cheeses and Piedmont white truffles. Choose those you like best or those inspiring you more and put them in your “gift box”. Gift boxes can be customized and can include either Italian saffron and rice to try some special Milanese Risotto once home, or Cabanon’s Bonarda and Franciacorta Pas Operé Bellavista if you want to taste some of the best regional wines. Should you opt for the Milanese Risotto, be aware that Superfino Carnaroli (4.50 euros per kilo) is one of the most famous and prestigious variety of Italian rice, esteemed for its big and consistent grains, with its relevant nutritional characteristics and exceptional gastronomic qualities. When cooking, the rice grains increase to a size three times bigger, maintaining nevertheless a unique plumpness. It can be accompanied by Peck's saffron stigmas coming from Sardinia (19.50 euros per gram), known for their intense taste and aroma, which is slowly but persistently released during cooking. In Peck's wine cellar you can find unique wines that tell the history of Italian wine-making. Cabanon's Bonarda (9 euros if sparkling or otherwise 15 euros) is a red wine which is only produced in excellent vintage years using grapes picked at maximum ripeness, whose bouquet, together with a round velvety flavor, make it the excellent serving with first courses and hearty red meats. Franciacorta wines are also a must and the Pas Operé Bellavista (44 euros) is especially known as a special occasions champagne whose fruity taste perfectly fits fish dishes. Depending on the number, type and variety of goods you may want to introduce in your customized gift box, pricing are variable.

Operation hours: Monday - 3.30 pm - 7.30 pm, Tuesday - Saturday 9.30 am - 7.30 pm.
Carissimo Pinocchio

2) Carissimo Pinocchio

What to buy here: Kids wooden toys and decorations.

There was a long tradition of wooden toy-making in Northern Italy and in Milan it’s far from being forgotten. Thanks to the original and colored ideas of Carissimo Pinocchio, whose name immediately recalls it must have something to do with wood, children can still experiment the beauty of natural toys. The best seller is Pinocchio in every possible size (pricing starting at 10 euros), immediately followed by the name plate hold by Pinocchio himself (10 euros), those with animals (10 euros) and all the animal shaped clocks whose mechanics provokes the movement of either tail, eyes or paws, making them extremely funny and absolutely beautiful. What’s more, all of them can be customized and wear the suit you prefer: your favorite football club’s or the doctor’s for example. The care they’re made with make these clocks extremely ingenious gaily-colored masterpieces. Prices vary according to the size of the article purchased. As an example, a small name plate costs 10 euros and a small kitten-clock is 30 euros, while a Pinocchio asking to please knock at the door before entering (see picture) is 20 euros.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm.

3) Pettinaroli’s

What to buy here: Leather articles.

When you enter Pettinaroli’s shop you feel like being taken back centuries. This shop (located in Piazza S. Fedele, 2, entry from Via T. Marino) was founded in 1881 as a stationer’s and today is listed amongst the historical shops in Milan. Their fame is due to the realization of rare and sophisticated items, being them leather articles, ancient prints, squared business cards or traditional wedding invitations the Italian VIP’s especially look for to meet their standards and set their status. But anyone can feel like a VIP with a Pettinaroli’s article. See the luxury and dressiness of their leather desk sets, or the care in their leather wastepaper baskets manufacture, for example, not to mention their leather glasses holders, magazines racks and leather colored envelopes. Each of them is unique. Leather wastepaper baskets come in two versions: the colored plain ones (12 different colors are available), whose price is 285 euros, and those with ancient prints reproductions on, costing 175 to 195 euros, depending on size. Other articles at Pettinaroli include leather desk sets, elegant and colored leather envelopes, glasses holders and leather creative magazine racks in addition to ancient maps.

Operation hours: Monday 3 pm - 7 pm; Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm.
All Milan (AC Milan store)

4) All Milan (AC Milan store)

What to buy here: AC Milan jerseys and other memorabilia.

Italians’ love for soccer is internationally known and of course every Italian city has a soccer team its citizens root for. Milan has two teams, AC Milan and Internazionale (known as Inter). We call them “football” clubs as the word has entered the Italian dictionary as a synonym for “calcio”. AC Milan football club is the team the majority of local citizens and foreigners living in Milan are likely to cheer for. Getting an official gadget from AC Milan or Inter is a must if you are a fan of the game and wish to demonstrate your connection to Milan and its spirit for football.

The Milan A.C shop, called “All Milan” is located on via Ragazzi del ‘99. To afford the original T-shirt of your favorite football player you’ll need between 75 and 125 euros, depending on the football star you’re looking for. The store also carries scarves (10 to 20 euros depending on fabric and patterns), mugs (5 euros), woolen caps (16 to 25 euros depending on patterns), bathrobes (55 euros) and other articles are also available, so that you can think of different gifts for all your friends and relatives.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 7:30 pm.

5) Aspesi

What to buy here: Designer clothes.

Aspesi is synonymous with urban wear Milan style. The Aspesi brand is designed to tailor men and women clothes. Over the years it has become an icon of the Milanese clean and elegant style, perfect fot both formal occasions and leisure. The most renowned items in their collections are coats and trenchcoats (prices vary from 200 to 900 euros, depending on male/female models, and materials used) and casual jackets (prices going from 300 to 600 euros), but their lines also include blazers, dresses, shirts, sweaters and trousers. Their atelier, in via Montenapoleone 13, is open Mon-Sun, from 10 am to 7 pm.

6) Buccellati’s

What to buy here: Fashion Accessories.

Milanese are most known for their perfect looks. The color of the bag they choose to take with them is most likely perfectly matching their shoes color, jewels are always perfectly combined and wristwatches are considered as valuable ornaments to be proudly worn according to one’s own personal style. This is even truer when talking about Buccellati’s wristwatches and jewels. The

Milanese artisanal goldsmith tradition of the Buccellati family dates back to 1750, refreshed in 1919 and today still well established in Milanese history thanks to their ability in creating shapes as if they were decorating jewels and wristwatches with Renaissance flavored golden laces. The instruments they use for such perfect masterpieces are those of their ancients, but their talent in always inventing new models keep them at the top of the Italian goldsmith contemporary design. Some of the Buccellati’s articles were sold by auction at Christie’s, and those in their showroom located in via Montenapoleone, often have prices above 1000 euros.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10.30 am - 7 pm.
Massimo Alba

7) Massimo Alba

What to buy here: Designer Clothes.

Fashion is what Milan is famous for. Via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni, Corso Venezia and via della Spiga hold the heart of the Fashion District, also known as Quadrilatero della Moda”. Here Dolce&Gabbana, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace and all the fashion Italian brands have their showrooms and ateliers. But amongst the Italian worldwide renowned brands manufacturing clothes, in Milan a couple are probably less famous, but definitely “must have” brands for top level quality clothes. One is Massimo Alba. His boutique in via Brera, 8 is especially known for its men’s cachemire sweaters, made with Italian fabrics, dyed with an eco-friendly method using a very small amount of water. All items come in different shades testifying their uniqueness and originality. Pricing starts at 320 euros.

Opening hours: Monday 12 pm - 7 pm, Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm.
Bianco Latte

8) Bianco Latte

What to buy here: Bianco Latte's white houses.

Bianco Latte is an icecream shop also serving as a restaurant, whose characteristics is the total white color of its interiors. It’s called “Bianco Latte” (white like milk, in English) and due to the choice of using small iron white houses on every table to hold tapers, now this original gadget has become a symbol of the place, for sale at their next door shop. Sizes of these white houses are variable: you can find very small ones, affordable at 35 euros euros, medium ones at 79 euros and very big ones, ideal to enlighten shabby chic interiors, whose cost reaches 89 euros. Recently they are available also in two different shapes: the classical ones remind French architectures while the new ones recall Northern huts. Of course, they’re all white.

Operation hours: Monday 7.30 am - 7.30 pm, Tuesday - Friday 7.30 am - 12 am; Saturday - Sunday 8 am - 12 am.
Carla Sozzani’s

9) Carla Sozzani’s

What to buy here: Artistic photographs.

One of the objects mainly reminding of a place we visited is probably a photo or a painting made by a local artist. In Milan photography is a kind of an institutional form of art. Some of the photographers who made the history of Italian photography, and who are now internationally famous, were born or especially worked in Milan. Amongst them, Mario De Biasi, Giorgio Lotti, Giovanni Gastel, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Gabriele Basilico, Maurizio Galimberti are still fully operative and their photographs are estimated by hundreds of fans and experts. Following their steps, in the Seventies many photo galleries opened in Milan and one of these, the most famous one, is Carla Sozzani’s, located at 10 Corso Como, her second most successful invention. Carla Sozzani’s Gallery is an area for exhibitions, but also owns a catalogue of photos realized by the artists they represent from which you can choose the photos you may want to buy.

Operation hours: Daily 10.30 am - 7.30 pm; (Wednesday, Thursday until 9 pm).

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Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Milan's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Milan Pass and Milano Card.

A city pass combines all or multiple Milan's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Milan hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: TownHouse Galleria, Room Mate Giulia, Maison Milano | UNA Esperienze.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Milan, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Milan typically costs from around US$25 up to US$80 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Milan from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the three interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for all three).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 3 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Milan on a bike tour (3 to 3.5 hours) visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Enjoy a day of art, food, wine and sightseeing on a 3-hour tour of Milan following in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci! A great combination of the Renaissance, appetizers, and wines to help one unwind in a true Milanese style at one of the city's most fascinating spots.

- Take a walk deeper “under the skin” of Italy’s fashion capital. Skip lines to Milan's Duomo and Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” to save more time for visiting other iconic local attractions and experiencing the true spirit of Milan.

- Spend 3 hours sightseeing the center of Milan led by a knowledgeable local guide, exploring the city's most notable attractions like the Duomo, Piazza de’ Mercanti, the Loggia, via Dante, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Scala Theatre and many other prominent locations.

- Enjoy exclusive access “behind the scenes” of the Milanese Fashion District on the one and only Milano fashion tour visiting a number of the city's top ateliers and fashion stores. The tour guides have worked there for years themselves, so they know the fashion industry inside out to ensure you see only the best boutiques.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Milan, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Venice, the Cinque Terre, a combo of Genoa and Portofino, Lake Como, or Lake Maggiore. For as little as circa US$80 to US$150 per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including breathtaking Venice, small piece of paradise in the form of five little villages hanging from cliffs over the sea, glamorous coastal towns of the Italian Riviera, and the scenic Italian Lake District. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Milan, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, boat or a private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.