TRIP The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is both Italy’s oldest shopping arcade and one of Milan’s top tourist attractions. The monumental Galleria is one of the best shopping arcades in Europe and a must see when visiting Milan.

TAP Named after Victor Emmanuel II, first King of the Kingdom of Italy, the eponymous Galleria is a shopping arcade fit for royalty. High-vaulted ceilings, magnificent frescos and intricately-designed mosaics make the galleria an exquisite example of late 19th century architecture.

Since opening in 1877, the Galleria has been the destination for shopping and dining when visiting this fashionable Italian city. The Galleria is home to a number of popular brands such as Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton as well as other high-end boutiques. The dining options are just as extravagant with a number of Michelin-starred restaurants available to visitors. Even if high-end shopping and dining isn’t your thing, we still recommend a stroll through the Galleria to admire the extraordinary architecture of this Milanese icon.

GO Visiting the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is free. The Galleria is located adjacent to the Piazza del Duomo, home to the Duomo de Milano. The Piazza del Duomo is easily accessible via the Milan Metro (Duomo station). Head over to Milan metro’s official website for timetables, route maps and other useful information.

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