The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, sometimes called il salotto di Milano or Milan’s drawing room, was our second stop after visiting the Stazione di Milano Centrale. Completed in 1877, it’s size and elegance is on par with other arcades such as the Burlington Arcade in London, the Saint-Hubert Gallery in Brussels , the Passazh in St Petersburg , the Galleria Umberto I in Naples and the Budapest Galleria. (Now I want to see all of them.)
The four-story arcade includes elegant shops selling haute couture and jewelry, books and paintings, as well as restaurants, cafés, and bars. Here you’ll find Prada, Massimo Dutti, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, as well as McDonald’s. We didn’t spend any money here but, along with the rest of the tourists, we did take pictures. You can see some more photos of this impressive Galleria here.