If you ask me, Milan isn’t exactly the prettiest city in the world. However, there is an area that is arguably second to none in splendor and beauty. I’m referring to the quarters surrounding the famous Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The latter is named after the first king of the Italian empire, Vittorio Emanuele II, and was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1861. Since its completion in 1877, the Galleria has been attracting visitors to the Italian fashion capital from around the globe, mainly because of its many luxury stores and boutiques. The hotel that we were kindly allowed to stay at wasn’t merely around the corner of this city area – it was literally inside the Galleria itself!