Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan

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    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

    by MM212 Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    In the 19th century as Milan became the industrial centre of a unified Italy, the city increasingly looked to London and Paris as models for its urban development. Achievements in steel architecture in those two cities inspired the construction of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which was to become the symbol of modernity in the industrialised city of Milan. The result was this magnificent cross shaped Galleria linking Piazza della Scala with the city's centre, Piazza del Duomo. The entrance at Piazza del Duomo is in the form of a triumphal arch, clearly symbolic. The architectural details and the atmosphere of the interior are stunning. La Galleria continues to this day to be a showcase of luxury goods in this design-focused Italian city. For more photos, check out my travelogue Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

    by Diana75 Updated May 22, 2006

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    The cross-shaped Vittorio Emanuele Gallery is another attraction of Milan, known all over the world. It is actually said that is the most famous shopping center.

    The gallery was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni and built between 1865 and 1877.

    Two huge triumphal archways open in the Dome square on one side and in Piazza della Scala on the other side.

    The center of the gallery is dominated by the impressive glass and iron dome and each side hosts book and record shops, coffee shops and restaurants and famous fashion shops.

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    Old World Galleria with Fashion & Jewellery Shops

    by Mikebb Written May 1, 2006

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    This is the arcade all ladies visiting Milan will wish to visit. It is a magnificent buildind with all the glamour of years gone by. Completed during the 1870's there was a tragedy when the Architect fell from the scaffolding shortly before the opening. If you do not want to buy settle for window shopping and crowd gazing , possibly you could settle for second best, a beautiful gelate.

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    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

    by rcsparty Updated Apr 28, 2006

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    This is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. The shops in Milano are very high priced, but you are buying clothes in the fashion capital. There are plenty of shops and restaurants that are located in this mall.

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    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    Take a look at the magnificient interiors of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Here you can find the most expensive restaurant of the city, here you can have the most expensive espresso in whole Italy, but also, here you can find some well-stocked book shops like never else in Milano.
    During the day, but especially in the evenings, here you can see some of the most beautiful woman and girls of Milano.

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    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele dominates Piazza del Duomo with its weighty bulk and great triumphal archway cut into the long northern arcade.
    Built between 1865 and 1877, it was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni who died just before the building was completed.
    The cross-shaped structure is surmounted by an extraordinary colored glass and iron dome. The modern technical skill and originality of the Milan Galleria have nothing to fear from a comparison with similar structures put up in London and Paris about the same time.
    Today this glassed-in street is a center for both cultural and mundane activities with its book and record shops, cafes and famous restaurants. For those who might be interesting about, "Prada" has opened a new shop in the central position of the Galleria.

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    Check Out the Galleria

    by Jetgirly Written Dec 17, 2005

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    Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele is a large "shopping mall" just off Piazza Duomo. It links this Piazza to Piazza della Scala, where you will find the famous opera house. Inside the Galleria there are restaurants, cafes, shops and offices (plus a million people). There is great people watching here, but the shopping and dining is less than stellar. Construction of the Galleria was completed in 1877.

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    The Sisteen Chapel of Commerce

    by MJB123 Updated Nov 22, 2005

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    The Galleria d'Academia is just as spectacular as a stroll down the Champs Elyeses in Paris--if not, more so.
    There are many ritzy stores and the famous Biffi restaraunt. I don't think the prices at the restarants here are too expensive considering the spectacular surroundings and the chance to see "the beautiful people" walking around in their 500 euro outfits and 100 euro cologne. If you are on a budget don't worry--this place also has a McDonalds.
    There is a bear on the mosaic whose genitals tourists often put there foot on and spin around. You can find the bear in front of the Prada store.

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    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 17, 2005

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    This ornate shopping arcade, known locally as il Salotto di Milano (Milan's drawing room), was designed by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni in 1865. The galleria had a tragic start to it's life as Mengoni fell to his death from the scaffolding not long before it's inauguartion in 1877. The galleria's finest feature is the glass roof crowned with a magnificent central dome. The roof was the first structure in Italy to use metal and glass in a structural way. The galleria houses many stylish fashion shops along with cafes and restaurants, which include Il Salotto, said to serve the finest coffee in all Milan.

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    Stomp on the bull!

    by argentia Written Sep 16, 2005

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    The Galleria is filled with high-end designer shops (and a McDonalds!). In the centre is a mosaic on the floor of a bull. It's local custom to stomp on the bull's...well, private area...for good luck. In fact, the mosaic gets restored every few years because of the damage.

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    by draguza Written Aug 18, 2005

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    The Galleria was build beetween 1865 and 1877 by architect Giuseppe Mengoni. The style is Neo-Classical, approaching Baroque. It was inaugurated by the Savoy king, Vittorio Emanuele II, after whom it was named. Unfortunately, it was never completed, because the designer died ten years later, falling from the scaffolding

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  • This is supposed to bring you good luck...

    by AsterixSg Updated Aug 16, 2005

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    Lucky bull or a load of bull ?

    When in Milan at the Vittorio-Emanuele, do what the tourists do.

    On the floor, there is a bull that is made up on tiles. You should stand with you heel on the bull's testicles. While balancing on your heel, you are supposed to spin around. This is supposed to bring you good luck. Don't know how much its true, but it sure is good fun to see everyone - young and old - spinning on the bull's testicles '-)

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  • Paintings on the ceiling

    by AsterixSg Written Aug 11, 2005

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    Painting depicting African continent

    When you stand in the centre of the building under the glass dome and look up, you will find the beautiful paintings on the ceiling depicting different continents. For example, the one in this picture depicts the African continent. Even the tiles on the floor depict the important cities in 4 different directions.

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  • Glass Dome

    by AsterixSg Written Aug 11, 2005
    Glass canopy

    It might've been an tremendous task in those days to build the 4 storey shopping arcade with a steel and glass canopy. I was told that the architect who designed it fell to his death from the top just 4 days before the King was supposed to arrive to officially inaugurate the building.

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  • High class Italian elegance

    by AsterixSg Updated Aug 9, 2005
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    To the left of the Duomo stands the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Construction was started in 1864 and took 4 years to complete. You will find here all the expensive cafes and there are plenty of opportunities to blow your money.

    You will even find a McDonalds (just like you would find a Starbucks in the famous Yu Yuen garden in Shanghai) - which, in my opinion, spoils the ambience a bit.

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