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This luxury shopping mall is a destination for lovers of fashion and fine food. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II sits on the main square, the Piazza del Duomo. The building is an important historic site, as it is said to be the oldest shopping mall in the world. At the same time, the arcade is a monument to contemporary style; many of the most famous contemporary designers have flagship stores at the Galleria. Spend an afternoon shopping, drop by for a drink after a local concert or simply come to admire the 19th-century architecture.
The two arcades feature glass ceilings that are over four stories high and connect with an octagonal glass dome. While the design was a popular one for 19th-century arcades, the Galleria’s size made it stand apart. Walk through the arcade to admire the design and the light that floods through it. Underneath the dome are four mosaics depicting the coats of arms of Milan, Turin, Florence and Rome. For good luck, spin on your heel on top of Turin’s coat of arms, a bull. This local tradition is so popular that a small hole has developed on the mosaic.
Stroll through the arcades to discover labels like Prada and Gucci. Milan is considered the fashion capital of the world. Visit two of the most famous Italian labels in the historic context for a unique experience. For those on a smaller budget, a number of rising fashion designers sell their wares in the arcade, and there are plenty of bargains to be found during end-of-season sales.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is open daily and many of the stores and restaurants remain open late. If you are staying at one of the many downtown hotels you are just a short walk away from the Galleria. A metro station is located in the Piazza del Duomo if you are coming from farther away.
Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from MUDEC - Museo delle Culture. San Babila Station is 6 minutes by foot and Duomo Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Milan. Museo Diocesano and Temple of Victory are also within 15 minutes. Missori Station is only a 2-minute walk and Duomo Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Cathedral of Milan and Teatro alla Scala are also within 10 minutes. Duomo Station is 6 minutes by foot and San Babila Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, and Cathedral of Milan. Teatro alla Scala and Palazzo Reale are also within 10 minutes. Duomo Station and Cordusio Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Central Station, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pirelli Tower, Corso Como, and Piazzale Loreto. Corso Buenos Aires and Piazza della Repubblica are also within 1 mi (2 km). Sondrio Station is only a 4-minute walk and Caiazzo Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Via Torino, Piazza del Duomo, and Palazzo Reale. Cathedral of Milan and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are also within 10 minutes. Missori Station and Duomo Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Milan Centre, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza San Babila, Teatro alla Scala, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Reale are also within 15 minutes. San Babila Station is only a 3-minute walk and Palestro Station is 8 minutes.
This family-friendly Milan hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Teatro alla Scala and Pinacoteca di Brera. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Castello Sforzesco are also within 10 minutes. Cairoli Station is only a 5-minute walk and Cordusio Station is 7 minutes.