This Friday marks a major moment for Versace, as the luxe Italian fashion house prepares to open a new boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping centers. And just like that, the Canals of Venice got pushed to my number two must-see Italian attraction.
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The opening is part of a larger renovation project that Versace has taken on: refurbishing the entire four-story Galleria. The label will spend nearly $2 million on the restoration of the crumbling landmark. Originally constructed in 1865, the Galleria was in dire need of a facelift, which should be completed next spring.
In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of the mall that fuses haute couture and history.
By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer
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