Torino's Bull at the Gallery (to be squeezed), Milan

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    spinning on the bull's balls!

    by Flamegirl Updated Jul 20, 2004

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    There is a curious custom in Milan, if you are passing through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, that you should spin around on the testicles of the bull mosaic found in the centre. Legend has it that this will bring you good luck! Spot the tourists as they stand and watch and take pictures, whilst locals do it with casual style, simply swirling their foot on the required spot and continuing, as if nothing had happened...

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    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele good luck bull

    by Diana75 Written May 26, 2006

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    Halfway down the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery are four floor mosaics representing Turin (the bull), Rome (the she-wolf and Romulus and Remus), Florence (the lily) and Milan (a red cross on a white background).

    Out of these four mosaics, the most famous is the one of the bull due to a Milanese tradition that is saying that if you turn quickly 3 times on your heel over the bull's testicles you attract good luck.

    A native told me that initially the story was talking about the bull's head, but, as now there is a deep depression in the floor on the bull's testicles, I think the head was not so successful after all.

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    Turn around its genitals!

    by Mikebond Updated Aug 1, 2008

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    This bull is depicted in the coat of arms of Torino. You see that there is a hole on its genitals and may wonder why. Well, a tradition says that if you put your right heel on this hole and turn on yourself three times, this will bring you good luck. In the second photo you see my father do it (unwillingly).
    Hundreds of tourists rotate around the bull's genitals every day, that is why the mosaic needs a lot of maintenance.

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    Squeeze the bull's balls

    by tomerik Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Group of Japanese tourists trying to turn 360��

    In the Galleria de Emmanuel Vittorio next to the Duomo there is a picture of a bull on the ground. Place your heel on the bull's balls, turn 360° around once, without tripping, while you make a wish. If you manage this your wish will be fulfilled so they say.

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    Need a full turn

    by muratkorman Written Oct 8, 2007

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    The famous bull

    This famous bull mosaic located in Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele is said to make your wish come true if you make full turn over the balls with one foot. You can always catch some people making the famous turn over bull's balls. If you are there, give a try.

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  • ... but bull 'sqeezing' is a fake tradition !!!

    by Sidecarural Written Jun 7, 2008

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    .. you will never see a 'milanese' squeezing the bull testicles!
    Check it out: turists from all around the world queing to squeeze the bull, but not one single local.
    This is simply a 'turist' tradition, reported on turist guides as a 'local secret tip'... which is simply not true.
    And true locals (the 'milanesi') consider a bit 'pathetic' those naive turists doing the bull testicle squeezing exercise....

    Luciano (Milan)

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    Heel in the bull balls

    by Joeplaboem Written Sep 15, 2005
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    In the middle of the Gallery you will find mosaics on the ground. On the left side with your back to the cathedral you will find the bull.
    Put your heel in the bull's balls and make a full turn on your heel.
    Locals will tell you your sex life and potential will be higher now.

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