Apple plans to open two more Apple retail stores in Milan, Italy, vice president of retail Ron Johnson said last night.

Johnson was speaking with Italian Mac-focused website, He explained that the two new Milanese stores may open this year, one near Piazza Duomo, the other on Corso Buenos Aires.

Apple's retail chief also explained why Apple's store in Rome is situated outside the old city, claiming that prices to secure store space in the centre of Rome were prohibitive.

"The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City was cheaper than an Apple Store in via del Corso in Rome," said Johnson.

Johnson also revealed that the future Apple Store in Munich, Germany will not be underground.