Also called as 'the living room in Milan' the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, to form of cross, constituted by a public passage covered that colleague among them plaza of the Staircase and Cathedral plaza, with two perpendicular streets. Fù built among 1864 and 1878 to work of the architect Giuseppe Mengoni, in eclectic style typical of the second halves the eight hundred Milanese with grotesque, caryatids, fanlights and injured of it.
Altogether the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in direction north-south measure 196 meters length, while in east direction - west measure 105,5 meters, with a width of 14,50 and a height of 21 with a maximum of 47 meters to the vertex of the central dome where the arms are crossed in an octagon in iron and glass.
During the sixties of last century, the gallery has been interested from a renewal of the flooring. In the floor, some central Octagon is realized to mosaic the symbol of the Savoia. On the sides they are present 4 coats of arms of city: Turin, Rome, Florence and Milan. In the time, the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe and America are represented.
In the Gallery they have center different elegant shops, restaurants, cafe, coffee, bookstores as Mouth, Garzanti or Rizzoli, shops of attire that call Milaneses and tourists back. Together in Street Montenapoleone and Street of the Ear, one are considered of the centers of the shopping of luxury meneghino.
In the nights of 13 and August 15 th 1943 during the period of the second world war, the Gallery was struck by the allied aerial bombardments. In the recent years sixty You Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II has been interested from jobs of restauration that have interested the relative flooring.
Between the customs and the curiosities we remember the tradition to rotate on if' same, being with the heel of the right foot on the genital ones of the bull, portrait to mosaic within the coat of arms in Turin, on the floor of the Octagon of the gallery, they say harbors fortune. This rite repeated 'scaramantico' during the day from different passer-bys for the most part tourists, usury quickly the image of the bull that must frequently be restores. Besides all the business, with the open showcases on the gallery they have to have the insignias you conform with gold writings on a black fund. Also the fast open food in the Octagon has had to respect this rule meneghina.
Lately the octagon is used by the administrators of the commune in Milan to illustrate the changes or the demonstrations that interest the city meneghina to tourists and citizens.
GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II
piazza del Duomo