The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is regarded as one of Milan’s most beautiful landmarks. It was built in 1865 in honor of Italy’s last King, and was a representation of Italy’s newly brokered unity—it is also considered the world’s first shopping mall. While it attracts an astounding amount of traffic, with at least 90 percent of Milan’s tourists walking through it during their vacation, it has received an inordinate amount of government funds to maintain upkeep. To restore this cultural monument, art supporters and established fashion houses Prada and Versace have agreed to pay for a year-long process for the 150,000-square-foot space. Both retailers have a longstanding relationship with the location; Prada being the longest of a little over 100 years when they opened a boutique for its travel gear. Read More