Linate: small is beautiful ….
Milan’s little brother to Malpensa, is small but packs a decent retail punch.***Business people prefer Linate to get to Milan. Like London City Airport, it is close to the city, is compact, usually has speedy check-in and security processing and • best of all • no long treks to get to the gate! Getting to it from the centre of Milan can take just 20-30 minutes by bus making it a very convenient option.
In case you are not all already all shopped out after traipsing along Milan’s swish fashion districts, Linate has had a retail upgrade so that it now offers its best ever selection of retail stores. While you won’t be under any illusions that you are passing the storefronts of Via Montenapoleone, the choice is superior to airports of similar size.
Like Malpensa, Linate is operated by SEA which has been upgrading its retailing in order to bring a new array of more than 30 brands to the airport. Even before you get to the airside stores, you can start shopping at the terminal. Calzedonia is one of many underwear stores you will see at Linate, selling stockings and swimsuits and not far away is Yamamay where more intimate apparel including pyjamas and beachwear can be found.
For a quality tailored shirts there is Camicissima and in case you need an extra bag for those extra couture dresses you bought downtown Carpisa sells fashion bags, suitcases and leather goods plus fashion accessories. And if you feel you’ve had a bad hair day hairdresser Stefanelli Parrucchieri will spruce it up before you go through security.
On the other side is where the shops get exciting. Given Italy’s fame for leather goods, among the most interesting stores are Tosca Blu, the youth-oriented line of handbags from Raffaella Condursi and Giacomo Ronzoni that has been extended to shoes, belts and leather accessories; the high-end house of Moreschi a leading maker of hand-crafted footwear and leather goods for men and women; and Piquadro, yet more leather goods but taking the high-tech design approach.For clothing and apparel the choices are very diverse Lingerie is strong again with Parah doing a nice selection of beachwear under a series of sub-brands and competes with another underwear label, Intimissimi • great if you also have a pyjama fetish as there is a lot to choose from. Shirtmaker Ingram has up-to-the-minute styling as does America’s Brooks Brothers. Gallo is the colourful knitwear and accessories brand for men, women and children • also know for its hosiery, and Furla for handbags, wallets and accessories.Italian tailoring can be found at Boggi, where collections range from classic to informal and casual while its BM39 leisure line now has its own store at the airport, ideal for those setting off on a holiday. The casual clothing selection is completed with Napapijri’s sports and casual wear and Marina Millitare.
And don’t forget • as if you could seeing as you have to walk through them to get to your gate • but the mixed category duty-free shops run by Dufry also have a number of fashion brands, mostly prestige names like Etro and Zegna, where you can find yet more pleasing-to-the-eye Italian styling as well as a large variety of perfumes and alcohol.
One professional cosmetics brand, Kiko Make Up Milano, has its own store selling make-up and face and body treatments. Treatments of a different kind can be found at Be Relax, where 10 to 30 minutes manicures and massages are an enticing prospect. Another option is Giganet if you prefer a hand-off massage chair to do a similar job. Other stores include watches from Swatch and the china and porcelain world of Thun, great for gifts.
Milan Linate Factfile
- Passenger numbers 2010: 8.3 million.
- Airlines: Just under 20 of which the biggest (by number of routes) are Alitalia and Meridian Fly.
- Worth knowing: There are now non-stop express buses (X73) from St Babila, a stone’s throw from the top shopping streets of Milan. And the ticket is an unbeatable €1 one way (August 2011).
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