Corso Buenos Aires is the most important shopping street of Italy and it goes from Porta Venezia to Piazzale Loreto. The street, the perfect place for those who love shopping, is 1600 m (5250 ft) long and, with over 350 shops, it has an average of 100.000 people ever day. In Corso Buenos Aires there’s also the Puccini theatre, current seat of the acting company called Teatro dell’Elfo. The street was built in the late 19th century after the demolishment of the Lazzaretto, mentioned by Alessandro Manzoni in his novel “I Promessi Sposi”.
The street was initially named Corso Loreto but during the 1906 World’s Fair it was renamed Corso Buenos Aires by Mayor Ettore Ponti, who wanted to provide the city with an international profile. On the west side of the street, close to Stazione Centrale, there’s the working-class district, whereas on the other side there’s a wealthy middle class district. The subway (line 1) has three stops along Corso Buenos Aires: Porta Venezia, Lima and Loreto. In this street there are many different shops, such as the most famous and trendiest brands.