GAL­LE­RIA-PI­AZZA SCALA DIS­TRICT

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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,

Luisa 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 time­honoured 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 Ris­torante Savini, one of Mi­lan’s most iconic land­mark restau­rants, 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 top-notch 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 Nove­cento.

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 the Ri­nascente flag­ship store (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 new

Ste­fano Ricci Ital­ian lux­ury bou­tique for men in search of a to­tal look ex­ud­ing 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!

Gior­gio Ar­mani

Louis Vuit­ton

Bor­salino

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