Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
For a spot of luxury shopping during your Italy vacation in the fashionable city of Milan, cialis
The Galleria’s designer, Giuseppe Mengoni, pioneered its complex marriage of iron and glass 20 years before the Eiffel Tower was built. The Galleria was officially opened in 1867 by Vittorio Emanuele II, king of a newly united Italy; but, in a sour twist of fate, Mengoni wasn’t present, having fallen to his death from his own creation a few days earlier.
The ceiling vaults are decorated with mosaics representing Asia, Africa, Europe and America. At ground level are mosaics of more local concerns: the coats of arms of Vittorio Emanuele’s Savoia family, and the symbols of Milan (a red cross on a white field), Rome (a she-wolf), Florence (an iris) and Turin (a bull). If you can’t see Turin’s symbol, look out for the tourists spinning on their heels on the bull’s privates – it’s said to guarantee good luck.
Photograph by © Bruno Cordioli