What To Buy In Milan, Italy

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Unlock elegance and sophistication and step into a world of luxury and glamour when you book a trip to the stunning city of Milan. Milan reveals its charm in its blend of old-world romance and modern ingenuity. As one of the leading cities of fashion and technology, this strikingly beautiful city has lured travellers from far and wide to experience its grandeur and splendour. You also won’t have any problems looking for a place to stay as there’s a wide range of accommodations to suit your needs–from simple Vrbo vacation rentals to business hotels.

At the end of your stay, you will find it difficult to leave. So, why not take a little piece of Milan home with you by meandering through the streets and getting your hands on timeless souvenirs. From designer clothes to tantalising treats, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Wondering what souvenir you should purchase on your vacation to Milan? We’ve curated a guide on the best things to buy in Milan and is full of lovely things to seek out.

1. Jewellery

Snag unique pieces of jewellery and upgrade your accessory game when you visit Milan. In Milan, you’ll instantly notice that the locals take pride in looking their best. Their bags compliment their outfits and are equally matched with exquisite pieces of jewellery. Go down as one of the best gift givers in your family or with your group of friends by purchasing a designer wristwatch or jewellery from leading brands, like Swatch, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and much more.

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2. Craft umbrellas

As Italy’s design capital, its only fitting that you will be bombarded by the exquisite and innovative design of world-renowned designers in Milan. Design is integrated into the very fabric of Milan and provides us with signature pieces of fashion that will make people green with envy. Design in Milan is applied to almost every object - none more popular than the handiwork of Francesco Maglia Umbrellas, which would be a perfect addition to your wardrobe. Trendsetters will love these handmade umbrellas, which come in many variations, including silk, rain umbrellas which turn into beach umbrellas and even umbrellas designed to clients specifications.

With attention to detail, these umbrellas are real masterpieces, each with unique aspects. You will find them at specific stores, like Scarazzini’s, which is an old-fashioned shop dedicated to the high-quality article. If you’re willing to invest in a one-of-a-kind souvenir, this is the perfect one for you.

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3. Designer fashion

Calling all shopaholics and fashionistas! Eat your heart out. Milan is easily one of the leading fashion cities of the world, attracting the attention of visitors from afar who want to upgrade their wardrobe and surprise their friends with some elegant gifts. Strut the streets of Quadrilatero della Moda where you can find the best shopping spots in Milan and visit leading fashion brands, like Dolce&Gabbana, Versace, Prada and much more.

In search of exclusive pieces? Then be sure to check out the less famous yet “must-try” brands for affordable, high-quality clothing. Brands like Germano Zama, Mariella Burani, Sandro Ferrone, Ermenegildo Zegna for men and much more. Splurge a little on a shopping spree for you and your loved ones.

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4. Porcelain products

Add a touch of Milan to your living space by purchasing a porcelain piece. Colourful ceramics and porcelain can be found in Milan’s historical workshops and come in many different shapes, for a variety of purposes. Many of these pieces incorporate century-old traditions that are adapted to contemporary tastes and make ideal pieces to add inside and outside your home.

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5. Embroidery

Chic up your interior living spaces with a touch of Italy and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere by buying embroidery from Milan. These handmade craft pieces are a unique blend of artistic expression and elegance, incorporating design and colour for a perfect souvenir. These are also ideal gifts for your mum, sister, female friends or co-worker. You could get a tablecloth, runner, napkins or placemats. After your visit to Milan, throw an Italian-inspired dinner with your friends and family and adorn your table with these masterpieces to wow your guests.

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6. Artwork

Art pieces and photography capture a moment and remind you of specific places you visit. Purchase an artistic painting and place it in your home to remind you of your adventures in Milan. Milan is home to internationally famous artists, like Mario De Biasi, Giorgio Lotti and much more and you can take many of their masterpieces home. There are stunning art galleries peppered around the city, which grant visitors an opportunity to purchase some of the pieces.

Wander through the canals and stumble across the romantic courtyards, filled with local artists who welcome visitors to view and purchase their beautiful art. Alternatively, you will find most painter workshops in the Naviglio Grande district, where painters come to capture the fabulous views.

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7. White Martini

Martini Bianco
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The White Martini, or Martini Blanco, is Milan’s signature drink and hard to find abroad, so you best stock up on it before you leave. This drink is a blend of Italian white wine with herbs and sweet floral botanicals with notes of vanilla and citrus. Have a White Martini over ice with soda and a slice of lemon. Alternatively, swap the lemon with a slice of orange for a sweeter taste. Martini Bianco can be found in common supermarkets. Enjoy this special drink with your friends back home, as your share tales on your adventures in Milan.

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8. Panettone

Its beginning to taste a lot like Christmas. Should you find yourself in Milan during the festive season in one of the delightful Christmas markets, be sure to tantalise your taste buds with some Milanese patisserie - panettone. They are so good, you would be a fool not to pack one in your luggage to savour the taste when you get home from your vacation.

This tasty treat dates back to the 15th century and can be found in many bakeries and patisseries around Milan. It’s a sweet and fluffy bread loaf crammed with candied orange, citron, lemon zest and raisins. There are other variations, which are plain and some contain chocolate.

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9. Football merchandise

1968–69 Milan AC - Gianni Rivera and Pierino Prati
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Italians have a passion for the game of football, which has been engraved into the very culture of the cities. Italy is home to two football teams - Internazionale (also called the Inter) and Milan’s soccer team, A.C Milan. Football fanatics far and wide travel to Milan to cheer on this acclaimed team, packing the stadium with screaming fans.

Get into the Milanese spirit of football and get an accessory from the from this prestigious football team. This is a perfect gift for your dad, brother, soccer fans, as well as A.C Milan supporters. Visit the A.C Milan store, located at Ragazzi del ‘99 and in Galleria San Carlo to get your hands on an original shirt.

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10. Pasta

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Italians are passionate about food and producing cuisine that people around the world salivate for. Apart from pizza, pasta is a staple in many households in Milan. Take home the taste of Milan and wow your friends with a traditionally prepared pasta dish by purchasing pasta to take home. Pasta is found anywhere in Milan and come in different varieties. While you’re at it, you can even take your Milanese gastronomic journey to another level by trying at least one of the best street foods here.

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Let's go on a shopping spree

Let's go shopping in Milan
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Capture the beauty and essence of Milan by checking out top attractions like its famous buildings—or, by buying some of these top picks of the best souvenirs and collect memories worth sharing. If you find yourself not knowing where to start, we suggest checking out these shopping tours in Milan.

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Annelene is a marketing graduate with a zest for life and a passion for travel. She believes these things help bring new perspective, introduce new cultures and educate us about life.

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