Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Shopping Centre in Milan

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The grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which forms one side of Piazza del Duomo and opens onto Piazza della Scala on the other side, was conceived by Giuseppe Mengoni and constructed between 1865 and 1877. It held the distinction of being the largest shopping arcade in Europe at the time, boasting a magnificent dome that soared 48 meters above its mosaic-adorned floor.

This landmark marked the inception of modern architecture in Italy and remains a splendid embodiment of 19th-century industrial iron and glass construction. Today, it continues to stand as a beautiful and lively place where locals gather for lunch or coffee in its elegant caf├ęs and explore luxury boutiques. Its significance in local life is so profound that Milan’s residents affectionately refer to it as “il salotto” or “the salon.”


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Visiting Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Address: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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