Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the word’s oldest shopping galleries, located in the heart of Milan. The Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and started to be built by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1865. It finally opened twelve years later, in 1877.
Its structure consists of two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street connecting two of Milan’s most famous landmarks: The Duomo and Teatro Alla Scala. The street and the central octagonal space is covered by an iron-and-glass roof.
The Galleria was an important step in the evolution of the modern glazed and enclosed shopping center. It is considered to be a place of Milanese luxury shopping, hosting many prestigious labels and brand shops, famous cafés and restaurants.
The Duomo, definitely deserves a stop if not to contemplate the beautiful architecture, then maybe do some shopping (here you can find haute couture stores such as Prada, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Stefanel, among others)… or you can just go there to grab a gelato!
📍 Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano, Italy
🚇 Metro: Line M1 (Red) or Line M3 (Yellow) – station Duomo
🚌 Bus: line 61