The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy's oldest shopping mall and contains the Town House Galleria, a five-star hotel. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by architect Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. As soon as it was finished, the Galleria became immediately famous for its large size, extraordinary for the time and sign of a new era; considered to be one of the best sites of Milanese luxury shopping, it hosts many prestigious labels and brand shops, famous cafés and restaurants. The Galleria expresses the various faces of the city through its many facets.