It is one of the busiest streets of Milan: the coming and going stops only in front of the shop windows, where people either gaze or get inside. It’s Corso Buenos Aires, with its 350 stores and an average of one hundred thousand people a day: for its high density and its structure, it is often compared to New York’s Fifth Avenue.
Corso Buenos Aires starts from Piazza Oberdan and stretches out to Piazzale Loreto, covering 1600 meters to find out, shop by shop.
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Today, it is considered as part of the centre of Milan. Initially, however, it stood outside from the centre borders, near the Lazzaretto, the hospital meant to welcome leprosy patients.
In 1800, the area acquired the name of Corso Loreto and began to be highly populated: the name derives from a Church that used to stand in there, the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto, built in the sixteenth century and demolished in 1900.
It was only in 1906, when the Universal Exhibition happened, that Corso Buenos Aires took its current name: the decision was taken by the mayor Ettore Ponti, who wanted to promote the image of a city open to international and cultural contamination. An image that had its fundaments: between 1881 and 1911, in fact, many people from South America emigrated to Corso Buenos Aires. Also for this reason, the main square of the Corso was called Piazzale Argentina and the metro station, Lima.
Two spacious sidewalks welcome bright windows that chase the bistros and that surround the benches and the trees. The side with the odd numbers is apparently more valued: here there are supposed to be the most refined shops, those most attended by locals and tourists. We suggest you to start walking on this side, but then give also the other side a chance.
The 350 stores of the Corso range from one type to another: you will find clothes, decorative objects, books, shoes and pizza slices. From fast food to the Princi bistrot, in fact, you can also enjoy a tasty pause between a window and the other.
Unlike Via della Spiga, lined with luxury boutiques, in Corso Buenos Aires the most fashionable and popular stores parade: from Zara to Promod, from Desigual and KIKO. For book lovers, there is the Feltrinelli and the Libreria del Corso; for those who love modern design, Kasanova and for those who prefer the eastern touch, Muji.
Beyond the best-known chains, we advise you not to miss three places:
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Between a window and the other, stop to take a look to other buildings, both of architectural and cultural interest, located along the Corso. First of all, the Casa Centenaria, at number 66: a palace following the Art Nouveau style and built in 1907 by Giovan Battista Bossi.
At number 33, there is the theatre Elfo Puccini, active since 1902 and renovated in 2010.
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