Right on the top of your list of Things-to-do-in-Milan you should have a visit to the spectacular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Not only for the shopping – the four-level double arcade is the oldest shopping mall in the world and retains some of the most spectacular architecture and paintings you’ll find in Milan.
The historic gallery arcade completed in 1877 was named after the first king Vittorio Emanuele II, is situated between the Duomo and Piazza della Scala, close to Teatro alla Scala. It was designed by architect Giuseppe Mengono.
A 47 metre high glass dome is located in the middle of the building with more glass archways covering areas of the complex, typical for the architecture dating back to the late 1800’s in Milan.
You’ll find prestigious names have their Milan Flagship stores in the Galleria, labels like Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton among other popular brands. Along with Via della Spiga and Via Montenapoleone the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is considered as one of the main sites for luxury shopping in Milan.
Several famous cafés and restaurants are housed in the building. Why not have an aperitif at Savini, or enjoy a coffee at the historic bar Zucca which is a meeting point for writers, artists and politicians?