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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The chic shopping arcade in Milan Italy

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the chic 19th century shopping arcade next to Milan Cathedral.

Info Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Location Piazza del Duomo, easily accessible by metro (line 1 or 3 stop 'Duomo')
Admission
  • Admission to the shopping passage is free
  • Top floor with a view 12 €
Hours
  • Open daily from 10am to 7pm
  • Closed on 25 and 26 December

Shopping in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Of course, visiting this shopping center in Milan, you are first of all interested in what shops are located in it. But it is also important to know that this is the oldest shopping center in Italy, perhaps even in the whole world. The property has existed since 1877 and is named after the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. The main structure consists of two passages with glass roofs, which intersect in a central hall with a glass dome. The roof of the Galleria Vittorio Emaneule II is a special element of the shopping center in both day and night light and around the Christmas period it is even more decorated with thousands of lights and other attractive Christmas decorations. Don't just look at the roof and the windows of the luxury shops, because the mosaic floor is also unique.

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Galleria Vittorio EmanueleThe entrance next to the cathedral

The shops in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

In addition to luxury clothing brands and accessories, you will also find bookshops, art galleries, a hat shop and souvenir shops here. There is even a hotel and of course you will not lack various bars, cafes and restaurants in the shopping center. When you visit the Galleria, you'll soon see that it's not just about shoppers here. Business people also like to meet here for lunch, an aperitif or dinner.

Tip when visiting the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

While you're there, you better enjoy the view from the top floor over the various piazzas and the rooftops of Milan (bookings). You can walk all the way around and even see Porta Nuova with its special architecture from here.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Where is the shopping arcade in Milan?

The longest part of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II connects the Piazza del Duomo and the Duomo with the Piazza della Scala and the Teatro alla Scala adjacent to it. You can therefore combine a visit to the shopping center with a dinner in one of the luxurious restaurants and a visit to the opera. In addition, explore the Leonardo3 Museum and observe the guests of the Galleria Vik Milano hotel (or book yourself a room in this boutique hotel).

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