Reputedly the oldest shopping arcade in the world, this 19th-century glamorous, 4-storey, arcaded shopping gallery features a rich mosaic floor and a spectacular iron and glass roof complete with cupola that connects Piazza del Duomo with Piazza della Scala.
Built between 1865 and 1877 according to a design by Giuseppe Mengoni, it consists of two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon topped with a glass dome. The floor mosaics depict the coat of arms of the capitals of the kingdom of Italy: Turin, Florence, Rome and, of course, Milan.
One of Milan's most recognisable landmarks, it houses upmarket boutiques, the likes of Louis Vuitton and Gucci, as well as the Prada flagship store. There's also an exclusive silverware store called Bernasconi, and institutions such as Biffi Cafe, founded in 1867 by Paolo Biffi, pastry chef to the monarch - though you should expect to pay 10€ for a cappuccino on the terrace!
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