Shopping in Milan is centred around the Fashion Quadrilatero - the city's four main shopping streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia. These are some of the most expensive shopping streets in the world.

If money is no object, you'll find lots of luxury boutiques, designer and furniture shops and ateliers of the top fashion houses, both Italian and international. Milan's largest shopping street is Corso Buenos Aires: it has more than 350 shops of all kinds and so there's something for everyone.

Milan's flagship department store is La Rinascente located between the Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. A must for clothing and household items.

If you have time to venture out of town don't miss Il Centro, the largest shopping centre in Europe with 200 shops and 25 restaurants (MM1 Rho Fiera and bus 561).

And where might Europe's largest outlet shopping centre be? Just 50 minutes from Milan. It's called Serravalle Designer Outlet and it has all the top brands at discounted prices (three direct buses a day from Piazza Duomo, the Central Station and Corso Buenos Aires).

In the Franciacorta area known for its sparkling wine you'll find the Outlet Village Franciacorta with over 160 clothing boutiques selling all the most prestigious designer labels, life style items and furniture (shuttle buses leave every day from Largo Cairoli - MM1 Cairoli stop).

Still outside Milan, the Vicolungo The Style Outlets has 150 shops dedicated to clothing, accessories and cosmetics - perfect if you're looking for quality and style at affordable prices (shuttle buses leave every day from Largo Cairoli - MM1 Cairoli stop).

If it's a true temple of elegance and luxury that you're after then the Fox Town Factory Stores complex in Mendrisio is only 50 km from Milan. Its 160 shops sell all the most prestigious brands (shuttle buses leave every day from Largo Cairoli - MM1 Cairoli stop).