Part of the fun of visiting Milan is simply walking through the city, seeing the historic and artistic masterpieces, trying on the clothes, bags, shoes, “tasting the wine”so to speak. Although little fits into a carry-on, these ten unique gifts from for pets, friends and family just might.
1. Pet cashmere sweaters from Rocco & Roll. Rocco & Roll, a one-of-a-kind pet boutique with a state-of-the-art international product line for dogs and cats, is located near the Basilica parks, Parco delle Basiliche, at via vettabia, 1.
2. Socks and scarves from Gallo. Gallo, a Milan cotton fashion house known for multi-color socks and apparel, is so popular that it has a vending machine at Milan-Linate airport, ten locations in center city Milan and showroom at via Manzoni, 6/B.
3. Designer notebooks and knick-knacks from the basements of bookstore Mondadori or department store La Rinascente near the Duomo on Corso di Vittorio Emmanuele.
4. Salami Milano from the gourmet shop. Once prohibited in the U.S., authentic salami can now be brought back in vaccum-sealed packages. Peck, can prepare packages for carry-on upon request, near the Duomo at via Spadari, 9.
5. Miniatures in sterling from the Argenterie, smaller jewelry shops specializing in charm-size and desk decoration-size miniatures of cars, planes, chairs, motorcycles, and boats. Look inside the passageway between via Torino, via Unione and via Mazzini, near Piazza Missori.
6. Leather gloves from Sermonetta in the Fashion District. Highly portable, long-lasting and always elegant, the leather gloves of all sizes, shapes and colors are available online direct from their Rome offices or at Sermonetta’s main store in Milan’s fashion district, via della Spiga, 48.
7. Pyjamas from the Del Seletto scooter truck. The Del Seletto line includes men’s, women’s and children’s cotton apparel. Known for its hard-to find classic children’s clothing and button-down, finely-woven, lightweight flannel, pyjamas, Del Seletto also offers other unique handmade apparel. Private sales are held in center city and at their green, red and gold enameled scooter trucks around center city.
8. Art supplies from the Brera Art District. An explosion of color and brushes can be see and taken home from the art supply store for Brera Academy students at via Brera, 4 just around the corner from the opera epicenter Teatro All Scala.
9. Historic timepieces. Milan’s historic shops, Botteghe Storiche di Milano, have a brass insignia on display that prove it has been in business at least 50 years. There are rigorous steps to achieving that status and only 27 were added in 2011. These shops are known for their quality craftsmanship and service. In business since 1947, Orologeria Luigi Verga is one of the hundreds of historic shops in Milan selling everything from shoe repair kits to priceless jewels. A contemporary or historic timepiece can be found near the Duomo at via Mazzini, 3.
10. Affordable masterpiece. The Affordable Art Fair comes to Milan February 2-5, 2012 and sells works for under €5000/$7000. Miny masterpieces should cost substantially less and all purchases can be wrapped and shipped from the fair near Porta Genova train station in the Canal District at via Tortona, 27.
Being able to walk to all these places in a day and carry a gift from each place is certainly a gift in itself.