During our recent tour of Italy we had the opportunity to visit the spectacular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milano. This short article shares a selection of images and discusses some of the history of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
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Milano is Italy’s fashion centre with the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II acting as its nucleus. This ornate shopping arcade is architecturally stunning.
Designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni, construction began in 1865 and was completed in only two years.
One cannot help but be in awe of the glass and iron dome. It is truly breathtaking.
A selection of high-end fashion retailers can be found throughout the shopping arcade, as well as other shops and restaurants.
Under the central dome, there is a mosaic with the Savoy coat of arms and various animals. These represent some of Italy’s important cities. According to legend, visitors and locals will have good luck if they step on the bull with their right foot. They then have to rotate 360-degrees while keeping their eyes closed. If this action is done on December 31 at midnight… an entire year of good luck will occur.
There were so many people crowded around the bull mosaic waiting for their opportunity to spin around that I could barely capture any photographs of it. As it was, the image above was significantly cropped to take out numerous feet. Just in case you’re wondering… I took my spin on the bull as well!
No visit to Milano would be complete without spending some time at the Galleria Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Be sure to take a wide angle lens and be prepared to spend some time in post doing perspective control adjustments to your images.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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