Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Named after the first king of united Italy, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is perhaps the oldest shopping mall in the world. Besides the historical and cultural glory of Milan Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the glimpse to what this old city has to offer by the way of shopping and dining experience. Having been the home of the oldest restaurants of the city, the delicious foods serves bespeaks of the tradition and rich culture of this medieval city. Its architecture is also unique. The glass and iron framed dome enclosing the entire area is an architectural marvel and awe inspiring to look at. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a meeting place of the old Milanese and an inevitable destination for tourists in Milan tour who are eager for a souvenir, be it jewelry or any other gift item, to remember this beautiful city.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the meeting place of the elegance of nineteenth century and the dynamic progress and innovativeness of the twentieth century. Offering a unique shopping experience, it was designed in 1861 and completed by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1877 that started the work in 1865. It was named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of United Italy. Connecting the road in between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala, it connects The Duomo and Teatro Alla Scala the two most important landmark of Milan. A glass dome encloses the central octagonal space of the arcade and this galleria is the progenitor of many enclosed shopping mall that is in vogue. The mosaic floor depicts the coat of arms of the three capitals of the kingdom of Italy- Turin, Florence and Rome.
Galleria is the place of luxury shopping experience. Being home for famous hotel and restaurants, cafes and bar, it is often tagged as the drawing room of the Milanese. The Milanese meets here in the oldest cafes and bar of the city. The tourists flock in to have a look at the jewelry shops, the haute couture, books and paintings. After shopping you can retire to the oldest cafes of the city like Biffi and Zucca bar. It also has a luxury seven star hotel called Townhouse Galleria .There curious stories about the bull depicted in the coat of arms in the mosaic floor. People says that if you grind your heels on the testicles of the marble bull, it will bring good luck. People follow suit and the marble floor is damaged, a hole has been created at the place of the bull’s testicles!
The huge building, its architecture and ambience has inspired many shopping malls all over the world but few has been able to match its grandeur and is reason enough why it remains an inevitable place in your Milan tour.
Important things to know
If you have cherished long for shopping experience in your Italy tour this is the place to be. The shopping mall is open all around the year and you don’t need any ticket to get there. It is possible to reach there by M1/M3 and the stop is Duomo. The place is always busy with commercial activities and enchanted tourists with their shopping bags roaming about coming in and going out. The Galleria is at the very heart of the city and is place where modernity meets tradition.
Best Time to Visit
The Italian summer is famous all over the world. With cobalt blue sky and equable weather, with refreshing breeze, the month of August is officially summer in Italy and the peak season for tourist influx. In spite of the huge structure of the galleries the paths and branded shops gets crowded in the month of August. Therefore if you are planning a trip to Milan and wish to shop in peace and quiet, you can also plan your Italy tour in the month of April-May. However the weather is not the most important determinant for the shoppers all over the world and they flocks in all round the year to revel in the traditional Milan as well as in its aspects and products of modernity.