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Milan's Gallery

It is Italy's oldest active shopping gallery, so elegant!

Housed within a four-story double arcade in the centre of town, it is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built between 1865 and 1877.

On the ground of the central octagonal, there are four mosaics portraying the coat of arms of the three capitals of the Kingdom of Italy (Turin, Florence and Rome) plus Milan's. Tradition says that if a person spins around three times with a heel on the testicles of the bull from Turin coat of arms this will bring very good luck! This practice causes damage to the mosaic: a hole developed on the place of the bull's genitals, but how not to try your luck???!!!!

The Galleria connects two of Milan's most famous landmarks: The Duomo and the Teatro Alla Scala, but the Galleria is a landmark in its own right.


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