GAL­LE­RIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II

Where Milan - - SHOPPING -

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, in­clud­ing Pi­umelli, renowned for its hand­made gloves 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 soughtafter 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, pay­ing trib­ute to 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.

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 you need an ex­tra suit­case, Ri­mowa and Pel­lux (in pi­azza San Fedele) of­fer some of the best travel lux­ury in the in­dus­try!

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