Gallery Vittorio Emanuele is the “buon salotto” and, for more than a century, the meeting place of Milanese people: the charm of its cafés, restaurants and shops makes it a true symbol of luxury with all the major designer shops both National and international.
The gallery is also the site of a lucky rite, popular among tourists. On the mosaic floor you will see a bull. Here you will need to position your right heel on the “bull balls” and rotate three times on yourself.
From the Galleria heading north you will reach piazza della Scala – where you will see the famous Theater – which is a the center of Milan‘s politics and finance. From here narrow streets stretch, each of which has its own particular identity. Always on Piazza della Scala is the historical site of the Italian Commercial Bank, which now houses the “Gallerie d’Italia”.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the wide artery that connects Piazza del Duomo to Piazza San Babila. This is a pedestrian area with porticoes in which there are numerous shops. This is one of the favourite places for shopping in Milan or, just for walking.
The pedestrian area that marks the historic center ends in Piazza San Babila, where in late Roman times the waters of the Seveso river were channeled to feed the nearby Terme Erculee. At present, the physiognomy of the square – overlooking the seventeenth-century Basilica of San Babila – is affected by the architectural revision of the 1930s.
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