Quality Hotel San Martino
Via Europa, 4
Garbagnate Monastero, 23846
Phone: (39) 031 851700
Fax: (39) 031 851411
The first spinning wheel business in Como, run by Pietro Boldoli, dates from 1510. The entrepreneur took the threads, dyed them and sent them on the so-called Silk Road, which went from the lake, to Austria, Bavaria and the Rhine. By 1815, 2000 people in Como, which only had 15,000 inhabitants, worked in the silk industry. The businessmen worked together, and in 1865 the Silk Factory School was set up, which aimed to produce skilled workers and good factory leaders. In Albate, just outside Como, in the direction of Milan, they charge reasonable prices for scarves, ties, shirts and other silk goods.
This store caters to all of your Mac and iPod needs. Stop in to check out the latest games, software, and accessories. If you're traveling, the staff can direct you towards all the adapters you need for your electronics. Many locations also offer workshops on how to use their various products. See their website for more information and a calendar of events.
Centro Commerciale Metropoli is an enormous shopping centre at the gates of Milan with plenty of magnanimous shops and services. Inside there are the giants such as Ipercop, Media World, Oviesse and Longoni Sport, but also a myriad of shops such as butchers, opticians, book shops, cake shops etc. Among the services on offer are a photography lab, cobblers, laundry, bank, post office, chemists, tobacconists and travel agents. This is a real mini world where you can find everything you need. To restock the body after a hard day's shopping, there are number of self service restaurants, including rotisseries and ice-cream parlours that know how to tempt your taste buds.
Andrew's Ties opened as a tie and fashion accessory store for men, but over the years it has evolved and now offers men's shirts as well as scarves and all kinds of ties. They also offer a shirtmaking service and sell lovely cashmere sweaters for men and women. All made in Italy and unbelievably reasonable prices.
Towards the beginning of Viale Padova, near the central station, this is the place to try true Neapolitan Coffee which is thick and chocolatey, can be drunk in one sip and fills the mouth with pleasant flavours. They also have a large variey of traditional Neapolitan desserts, including Babà and Pastiera.
It is worth going up to Viale Monza if you have decided to buy leather clothing for men or women. Eivissa offers a wide range of clothes, from classic waistcoats to more sexy skirts, from soft leather trousers to the sheepskin coats that are coming back into fashion, not forgetting the top quality fur coats. The advantage it has over other shops is definitely the price: coming straight from the manufacturer to the shop Eivissa offers excellent discounts, putting beautiful fur coats within the reach of all those who have only dreamed of owning one. In just a few weeks you can also have clothes made to measure or adjustments according to individual needs.
Capoverde takes its name from the beautiful islands that are becoming popular tourist destinations and it's herbal shop is immersed in the greenery of a nursery in Via Leoncavallo. Apart from being a Botancical Center, and a popular Event Center, this place also sells natural products for health and beauty as well as lovely gifts. Products include mud treatments, herbal teas, infusions, pot-pourri, aromatic paper and more. Check the website for more details.
This herbalist's shop, managed by Doctors Ida Cegani and Gianni Avenati opened in Milan in 1944 and sells herbal teas, vitamins, organic foods and other products based on plant extracts with herbal traditions helping to restore your natural, physical equilibrium. Among the products available are herbs, dyes, Bach's flower remedies, bubble bath, bitters, face cream, body lotion and shampoo.
Light food with a natural base at a good price. This is the formula of one of the first, organic fast food restaurants that are starting to challenge the hegemony of the American burger. From sandwiches to main dishes with soya or tufo or a vegetable shake, this is the place to get a good alternative to your usual midday snack, which can be eaten there or taken away to be enjoyed at home. Except Friday nights, when it is open as a restaurant, on all other weekday nights, this place offers cooking classes or classes on a nature theme.
For gluttons and gluten-frees: A bakery that brings together these two types of consumers of bakery products: on the counter there are all the delicacies of your most expert baker but with a certain peculiarity: there are no glutens among the ingredients. Those who are unable to tolerate glutens in the diet and who usually have to avoid bread, pasta and pizzas, or cook them at home to special recipes, can here enjoy these products: Biscuits, Pizzas, Foccacia, Gnocchi and Tarts. Prices slightly higher than normal bread but it is worth it.
Recently opened, this new shop specialises in all kinds of slippers, from travelling models with a bag, to slippers for the bedroom, for the swimming pool or for hospital or the gym. There is a wide choice for men, women and children as well as brands such as Superga, De Fonseca and Champ. This is a good place for interesting gift ideas.
Corso Buenos Aires is a long shopping strip that is the bona fide home of shopping, despite the fact that the quality ranges from good to terrible: so you'll need to leave plenty of time to browse. There are designer names from the fashion world, Italian leather-wear specialists like Pollini and Furla, historic Milanese shops from days gone by, supermarkets and department stores. Above all, it's the hub for cheap and trendy gear, where you can find hip shoes, clothes and accessories. It is always packed with boisterous youngsters and families, and it is advisable to avoid it during the Christmas holiday period, when the crowds block the streets. It is great fun during the week, however, and you can really pick up some great bargains and cut-price goodies.