The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan is a covered walkway (or commercial gallery) which connects piazza della Scala and piazza Duomo with two roads (via Silvio Pellico and via Ugo Foscolo). It was designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni and was built starting in 1865 in an eclectic style, with grotesque, caryatids, lunettes and pilasters, typical of the second half of the 19th century. The statues that decorate it are by the sculptor Pietro Magni. The Gallery houses numerous shops of fashion brands and prestigious brands, as well as famous cafes, restaurants and a luxury hotel. Is considered, with Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, one of the venues for Milan shopping.