The “Main Street” of Milan’s famous fashion quarter, Quadrilatero della Moda or Quadrilatero d'Oro (golden rectangle), Via Montenapoleone is lined by show windows displaying designs you’re not likely to see being worn outside of fashion show runways. All the big names are here and in the tight rectangle of streets to the north -- Armani, Fendi, Missoni, Valentino, Trussardi, Chanel, Versace, Hermès and Dior, but look also for less familiar names. The shops themselves are showplaces, many designed by top names. Architect Massimo Iosa Ghini, for example, designed the interior of the jeweler Faraone (number 19), whose two-level salon invites browsing from beige leather chairs. The quintessential Milan designer, Prada, is at number 8, with men’s, lingerie and sports shops elsewhere in ‘Montenapo.’
Store hours vary; some shops remain open through lunch time, and some are open Sunday afternoon.
Generally, shops are open
Tuesday-Saturaday: 9:30am-12:30pm and 3:30-7:30pm
Window shopping anytime.