The Quadrilatero della Moda, also known as the Quadrilatero d'Oro, is the unmissable and most luxury district of Milan. The area is entirely dedicated to fashion and luxury and is home to all the big designer names and most luxurious stores in the world cluster, such as Dior, Gucci or Rolex among others. The prestigious neighbourhood also welcomes splendid old buildings, some of them are listed and belong to the wealthiest Milanese families and are particularly sought after. Delimited by four main streets including the famous Via MonteNapoleone, the Quadrilatero della Moda is also made of splendid narrow streets, magnificent historical palaces and stunning landmarks.
The real-estate sector in Milan is very dynamic and has a constant growth. With an average of 6,700 euros per square meter, Milan is almost twice less expensive than Paris and Rome. This phenomenon could be explained because of the 2007 crisis, which considerably impacted the city. However, foreign investments increase over the years in Milan since then and the following years may confirm this tendency.
The main investors who choose Italy as the country to purchase a property equally come from the United Kingdom and Italy. The majority of the other investors come from Russia and the rest of Europe.
It is possible to buy a property in Italy if you respect the various administrative formalities. It is highly recommended to contact a professional of the real-estate sector. The signature of the sales contrat must be held before a notary. The latest will deal with the writing of the contract, the transaction registration as well as the payment of various taxes (such as the local property, the capital gains, the wealth and inheritance taxes).
Even if Milan can be visited all year long, the period from November to March is mainly rainy, temperatures are colder and moisture is predominant. However, during these months Milan is less frequented by tourists so it is the perfect time to peacefully discover the city. Besides, prices are lower.
From April to October, it is the best moment to enjoy Milan as the weather is particularly favourable, even if some rains are possible. Places are less crowded in April/May and in September/October.
The months of July and August correspond to the hottest period in Milan with suffocating temperatures and potential storms. But the numerous "Nasoni" fountains, with fresh and drinkable water, allow to quench your thirst between two tours. During these months, places are overcrowded and prices are at their highest.
The Milan Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held twice a year in Milan which lasts for a week. This main event is dedicated to the presentation of the new women's ready to wear created by the largest luxury fashion houses such as Emporio Armani and Versus Versace or even Gucci. Throughout shows, receptions, competitions and fairs, this international event gathers journalists and influential buyers to boost the fashion business. With London, Paris and New York, Milan belongs to the "Big Four", which are the most important Fashion Weeks in the world. The winter collection is presented in February-March while the spring collection is displayed in September-October.
On the Duomo Square, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the world's oldest shopping center which is home to the world's only certified 7 star hotel Town House Galleria. This stunning place designed in Neo-classical style, with a canopy which kinks to the Teatro de la Scala square. The entrance forms an impressive Arch of Triumph with stunning architectural details inside and luxury boutiques, which are worth visiting. The galleria is also renowned for its splendid mosaic which represents a bull above the central dome.
The Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church and a Dominican convent listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site register. The Church is one of Renaissance art's most important testimonies and a shining symbol of creative human genius. It is also home to the mural of the Last Supper created by Leonardo da Vinci, situated in the refectory of the convent. This monument of art is internationally renowned and is worth visiting.
Milan is located in the North of Italy and it is the second largest city of the country. This is the capital of the Lombardie region and is also the economic capital of Italy. This city is a large and dynamic metropolis, where history meets up with modernity as the city is punctuated by historical monuments. This is a place which gathers museum and art galleries. Milan has a nice range of assets: It is renowned for its business center with the Milan Stock Exchange, along with its trendy bars, its elegant design and above all, for its fashion center, as Milan is internationally recognized for being one of the style capitals. The greatest couturiers and luxury brands have their headquarters in Milan.