This was built around 1870 and is called the “salotto di Milano” (The Milan Lounge): If you walk along its cross-shaped "arms", topped by the glass and iron structure, you can see old coffee-shops, restaurants, boutiques and historical bookshops.
The gracious Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II is a Milanese institution, graced with glorious art-noveau architecture and glamerous boutiques. It connects the Piazzo Duomo with La Scala, and it makes for a very pleasant, kneck craning backdrop to the morning walk.
The northside of Piazza del Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle stands beautifully ! This covered arcade was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni; It was one of the first buildings in Europe which used iron & glass as its structural elements.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is hard to miss. Located on the Piazza del Duomo, the glass roofed gallery was built in 1865 to connect with the Piazza della Scala. It is most certainly a tourist magnet, but mostly it seemed like a convenient pass-through for local residents who seem to walk pass the designer shops without notice. Interestingly, among the high end shops and upscale restaurants you can also find that favorite Italian eatery...McDonalds!
The construction of the Galleria started in 1864. Giuseppe Mengoni was the winner of a designers contest, and he had the honour to design it. Vittorio Emanuele II opened the building and it was also named after him. The building is never finished, because the architect died in 1874, when he fell at the construction area.
The dome of the Galleria is 47 meters high and made of glass and iron. Everywhere you´ll see fresco´s in neorenaissance style. The floor was restaurated completely in 1966. When doing this, they used very rare marble. The floor is made as a mosaic, showing the city signs of the Italian cities.
The Galleria was the very first shopping centre of Milan. It still is a popular place, but it is very expensive here. But is definately is worth a visit, if you only watch.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered arcade situated on the northern side of the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, connecting to the Piazza della Scala. Named after King Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of united Italy, it was built by G. Mengoni between 1865 and 1878.
The street is covered over by an arching glass and steel roof, thus giving it a claim to be the world's first shopping mall and still one of the nicest. The four storey arcade includes elegant shops as well as restaurants, cafes and bars.
The most beautiful shoping complex I have ever been to for sure. Standard boutiques, shops and fast food chains and italian restuarants inside. A couple of shops selling soccer jerseys and other stuff. Some stalls just outside selling "designer bags" (genuinity unknown) and souveniors.
It is located just beside the Doumo.
The Galleria is one of the first buildings in Europe built in glass and iron. It is called il salotto di Milano because it is the traditional meeting place of the Milanese. It offers a wide range of cafés, restaurants such the historical restaurant Savini as well as fashion boutiques and the most important bookshops in the city.
It's a great location to to look around the few shops. All the top designers (Gucci, Prada, Armani, Max Mara) have shops here. Prada also has a large outlet in the Galleria. Than you can enjoy a meal or drink in one of the restaurants or bars and watch the chic Milanese go by.
Built in the 1960s-1870s, this is probably one of the most lavish shopping malls in the world in terms of architecture and decor. It is a big, heavily baroque neo-classical structure with a glass ceiling and dome. It is right between the Duomo and La Scala.
Also called affectionately by "Il salotto di Milano" or "Milan's Parlor", it has been one of the largest and most popular meeting places for over a century. It is not difficult to imagine why. This was one of my favorite places in Milan. It was a nice place to get away in the morning and in the evening. You could sit on the sidewalk cafes and watch the people walk by as the went about their daily business. The architecture of the dome and the buildings there were absolutely stunning.
Flanking the Piazza dell Duomo is the grand structure known as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Designed in 1861 and built between 1865 and 1877, this beatiful piece of architecture was the first of its kind to incorporate the elements of iron and glass which form its vaulted ceilings and central dome. Tragically, the architect, Giuseppe Mengoni fell to his death while inspecting the decorative details of the dome just two days before King Vittorio Emanuele led the galleria's opening ceremony.
The grand scale and detail of this beautiful building is impressive! The decorative details inside are equally impressive--look down at the beautiful marble and mosaic floors or up to the stained-glass dome. Here you will also find upscale bistro restaurants and shops such as Prada and Bernasconi. Just outside you will find a sidewalk cafe where you may sample a few Italian dishes and gaze to your heart's content at the beauty which surrounds you.
Well this place certainly puts your average shopping mall firmly in the shade.
The first enclosed shopping mall in the world is really 2 streets which have been covered in glass with a centrepiece dome where the streets intersect.
The shops contained in the place are not what you should come here to see, what you should come to see is the building, which is really quite fascinating.
A great gallery situated on one side of piazza duomo. Plenty of shops,bars, restaurants...everything is very expensive here but i think is the most characteristic place in Milan. Enjoy it...at least for a walk...
Next to the Duomo is the big Galleria, with shops from the most famous marks and restaurants. The prices are anything else than low here, but it's nice to go inside and just look at the building, which is very impressive!
One time is okey to eat here, at least if you are prepared to live on water and bread the rest of your time in Milan... Otherwise I suggest you go away just a short walk from the Duomo-area and find something cheaper to calm your stomach with...
Inside the Galleria there are all kinds of shops. Prada, music-shops, football-shops and so on forever... But as I wrote above, the prices are as high as the roof in the galleria...
Who knows when and how the tradition started, but planting your heel and twisting with a flourish on the "private parts" of the mosaic picture of this bull in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a tradition for Italians and tourists alike. I first saw this on an episode of "Rick Steves' Travels in Europe." Well, I just couldn't miss doing this when I came to Milan!