A shopper's haven - a tunnel topped in 19th century glass that teems with activity. Construction of the "Galleria" began in ... More
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
A shopper's haven - a tunnel topped in 19th century glass that teems with activity. Construction of the "Galleria" began in 1864 following a series of competitions for the design won by Giuseppe Mengoni. Large plaster eagles support its dome, 47m high and made of iron and corrugated glass. Note the telamons and caryatids on the interior façades and the Neo-Renaissance-style stucco work and graffiti. The floor of the octagon was completely restored in 1966 in rare marble mosaic showing the emblems of Italian cities. The Galleria Vittorio houses the original Prada shop and the first Gucci café. Avoid the restaurants, as they are overpriced and touristy, but enjoy an ice cream or gelato instead. On the mosaic floor note the symbol of the city of Turin - the black bull with worn genitals. Legend has it that revolving three times on one leg placed exactly in that position brings good luck.
Yea the place was soo pretty but, i think they need money so they cheat you off your money you need to be carefull and there was so many thing to buy there. It was pretty but be carefull to what store you go to because some off them are cheap.
I have visited Milano twice so far(both with the last 10 months)and have visited the Galleria a number of times during both visits. It is the true heart of the city next to the Duomo. It is said the inspiration for it came from covered galleries in Paris and London, but in my opinion it leaves 19th Century London shopping galleries in the shade by its sheer size, elegance, and aspect. I found the place awe inspiring, almost like a cathedral for lovers of architecture, style and grace. It's a great location to to look around the few shops within it(including Prada)or enjoy a meal or drink in one of the restaurants or bars and watch the chic Milanese go by. The main facade of the Galleria in Piazza del Duomo is equally impressive with its great arched entrance drawing you in. To the rear is Piazza alla Scala(for the opera house). Despite my 5 star rating, the presence of a well known fast food chain right at the heart of the Galleria spoils the experience of Milanese chic. Enjoy.
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