Bond book: Never Send Flowers (1993)
Place and location in the book: Gallerie shopping mall, Milan, Italy
Actual place and location: The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy
What happens here in the book: Bond and Fredericka von Grüsse having lunch
Visited by 007 Travelers: 2015
“They were seated at a small restaurant in Milan’s famous Gallerie possibly the world’s first shopping mall, Fredericka said lunching in style and watching all the girls go by. Bond had said that he thought the smartest women in the world were to be found in Milan, and Fredericka, after only a few minutes, said she felt positively dowdy.
Lempke arrived on the dot of twelve noon.”
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Italian: [ɡalleˈriːa vitˈtɔːrjo emanuˈɛːle seˈkondo]) is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. 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 Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.
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