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Even if you can't afford to buy anything in this elegant complex, it's still worth a peek for its stunning makeup. This galleria – built at the height of 19th-century belle époque – is a glorified shopping mall, housing high-end Italian designers from Prada to Gucci to Armani under its steel-and-glass arcade. You'll also find other shopping options, including lower-end clothing shops and bookstores rife with fashion literature. There are also a small handful of restaurants and cafes within. Expect to pay loads more for a cup of coffee here. But then again, you could always go to McDonald's (one of the restaurants housed here). Whatever your budget, travelers say the mall's glorious architecture, beautiful paintings and intricate floor tiles are worth a quick visit. 

You'll find the galleria off the Duomo metro stop, connecting the Piazza della Scala to the Piazza Duomo. Before you leave, remember to "step on the bull." Supposedly, turning your heel on a painting of a bull on the galleria's floor will bring you luck. The galleria is free to visit and open 24/7, however, individual stores have their own hours. 

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Castello Sforzesco at night picture in Milan
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