Milan - Italy

MilanVittorio Emanuele II Gallery

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered pedestrian street in Milan that connects Piazza del Duomo with Piazza della Scala. Since its inauguration in 1877, it has always been the city's middle class and bourgeoisie meeting place. Built in the Renaissance style, it is the archetype of the shopping arcade of the XIX Century and it can be considered as one of the first shopping centers in the world. The tunnel is formed by two arms to the intersection of which we find a dome with a diameter of 36 meters.


Milano - Vittorio Emanuele II GallerySuperstitious ritual

The buildings inside the gallery are formed by three floors, plus a mezzanine. The decorations are in Lombard Renaissance style. On the floor, right under the dome, there is a mosaic depicting a bull and tradition suggests people to rotate three times on themselves with the heel of their right foot planted on the genitals of the bull to get some luck. The gesture was originally run as a mockery to the city of Turin, in which the bull is the emblem, and then simply spread as superstitious ritual and today popular among the tourists who flock to the shopping gallery in the high-fashion shops.

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