THE BEST OF…
Stroll through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and visit La Scala Theatre and Brera districts.
The highly central Galleria Vittorio Emanuele has recently regained its former splendor, thanks to important renovation works which has also seen the re-opening of its upper floors: new spaces for events, cafés and eateries.
EDITOR'S TIP Don't miss the new exclusive panoramic walkway extending over a surface area of 800 sq.m. (www.highlinegalleria.com).
SHOPPING AT THE TOP
From the iconic Prada store to Versace's latest gem, it's impossible not to remain awestruck by the collections showcased in these spaces that tend to resemble museums rather than shops! In the Galleria, haute couture takes centre stage. In addition to the aforementioned Prada and Versace, other standouts include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Borsalino,
Spagnoli, Bric's, Tod's, Stefanel and Massimo Dutti alternated with historic workshops (whose signs serve as an indication of their storied past), including Cadè (shirts and ties since 1926), Piumelli, renowned for its handmade gloves, Mejana, purveyors of time-honoured fountain pens and historic bookstores: Bocca, for art lovers and the Libreria Rizzoli Galleria: three floors all dedicated to the printed word!
DINING AND GOURMET
You say ‘aperitivo' and you immediately think of Camparino in Galleria, a landmark location and a reference point where Milan's elite meet to partake in one of Italy's oldest social traditions! For those in search of a taste of tradition, located just nearby is Luini (renowned for its one-of-a-kind “panzerotti”). Conversely, those favouring a more sought-after gourmet experience can either opt to eat at Ristorante Galleria where you enjoy a taste of Milanese food and hospitality, at Savini, located on the first floor of the Galleria or the Marchesi alla Scala restaurant lying adjacent to Teatro alla Scala, presided over by Gualtiero Marchesi, one of Italy's most revered chefs. For the more ‘fashion oriented', a topnotch address is Il Ristorante Trussardi alla Scala located just moments away. And then again, if your idea of bliss is an unrivalled view over piazza Duomo a sure-fire choice is Giacomo Arengario, the restaurant of the Museo del ‘900.
AROUND THE CORNER
If after visiting all the boutiques in the Galleria, you still haven't had your fill of shopping, we recommend several truly unique addresses located just a stone's throw away. For the ultimate one-stop shopping experience look no further than la Rinascente (under the arcades): an amazing array of fashion items under just one roof! Just a little further on, the window displays of Rocca 1794 will seduce you with their collections of several of the world's most desirable jewelry and watch brands. If you're in search of a special destination for exclusive gifts, head to Amleto Missaglia next to Teatro alla Scala. A reference point in Milan for the best Made in Italy cuts is Valli Tessuti Alta Moda, with the perfect fabrics to make elegant outfits. And don't miss the Brooks Brothers boutiques for men and women in search of a total look exuding casual elegance. Outliving (in via Agnello) offers a storefront packed with items for outdoor living, leisure time, holidays, travel and the home… and, if after all of this you realize that you might have gone over the top with your purchases and thus need an extra suitcase, Rimowa and Pellux (in piazza San Fedele) offer some of the best travel luxury in the industry!
Marchesi alla Scala