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Milan is an international symbol for fashion and design.
For the fashion world Milan means Fashion Week and Fashion Shows, the “Quadrilatero della Moda” fashion district and its shopping, Exhibitions for all the fashion sectors, from fabric to prêt-à-porter, from leather to fur, from shoes to accessories and eyewear.
But there’s more to Lombardy than just Milan.
There are many very interesting tourist destinations In Lombardy, including manufacturing districts with fashion-focused businesses whose roots go back in time.
Como, for example, famous for its lake but also for its textile manufacture and printing, in particular silk. Vigevano, famous for its wonderful square and historic footwear district; Crespi d’Adda, a UNESCO site, a village built around a textile factory,…
TheOneMilano recommends its visitors and exhibitors visit some of Lombardy’s tourist destinations, especially the sites famous for fashion.
You can visit these places by yourself or by taking part in the initiatives organised directly by TheOneMilano.
Of all the interesting things to see in Lombardy, TheOneMilano has focused on destinations that offer themed fashion and tourism itineraries and it has collected all the information you need to organise and make the most of your visit.
The first destinations giving exhibitors and visitors to TheOneMilano from all over the world the chance to learn more about the area and fashion are: Como and the Educational Silk Museum, Vigevano and the International Museum of Footwear, and Crespi d’Adda, a village built around a textile factory.
From a textile/fashion point of view, Como’s most important sights to visit are the Silk Museum (open from Tuesday to Sunday) and the Antonio Ratti Foundation Textile Museum (visits by request).
If you’re visiting Como, theOneMilano recommends going for a stroll along the old town centre’s historic streets, with its shops and prestigious civil and religious monuments, and to go to the Villa Olmo, an historic villa looking out over the lake.
A boat trip is another must, to see all the well-to-do historic and residential villas from the lake.
September 2018 TIP: from 29/9 to 18/11 2018 in the ex-Chiesa San Francesco in Como, the 28th MINIARTEXTIL will be taking place, a contemporary art show and awards event for the textile world (yarns, fabrics, textile and experimental materials) established in Como and successfully exported across Europe.
Just under an hour by car from Milan you’ll find one of Renaissance Italy’s most beautiful squares: the Piazza Ducale in Vigevano.
Completely encircled by porticos with shops, bars and restaurants, it is the historic and modern heart of the city. It is very popular with locals, and ideal for tourists as the many prestigious buildings looking out over this architectural gem include the Torre del Bramante, the Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco, which can all be visited by tourists and are extremely interesting from an historical and artistic perspective.
But TheOneMilano recommends that its visitors and exhibitors from the world of fashion head for the International Museum of Footwear .
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995 as an “Exceptional example of the phenomenon of workers’ villages, the most complete and best preserved in Southern Europe”, the Crespi d’Adda Village is a genuine, complete town built from scratch at the end of the 19th century by owner of a textile factory.
Only the factory workers could live in the Village, and everyone’s life revolved around the factory, its pace and its demands.
The village is still inhabited and it has retained all its architectural charm. You may visit by yourself or on a guided tour.
It is not possible to visit the factory, which closed in 2003, or the villa-castle, but there is a photo and model exhibition of Crespi, as well as information rooms projecting videos and cotton workshops.