Postcard of the Week: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
I stretched the last weekend in April into a four-day affair, arriving in Milan late on Thursday night and leaving late Monday night. Milan is one of those Italian cities that tends to get ignored by most tourists, who focus on the more historic cities of Rome, Florence, Verona and Venice. Milan has its fair share of foreigners, but they’re of the briefcase-wielding type, rather than the digital camera and bumbag-brandishing sort. Which suits me just perfectly. I also have a (slightly) better shot at blending in, as there are actually some blondes in the north of Italy.
Despite the relative lack of tourists in general, any that have found their way to Milan start off in the Piazza del Duomo, with the magnificent Duomo (the Cathedral) on one side, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on another.
It’s basically an extremely opulent and majestic shopping centre, housing some cute restaurants and a handful of designer shops, including Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
The floor is quite stunning and legend has it that you’ll return to Milan if you stand on the bull’s balls and spin round 720º on one heel. You’ll find it quite easily – it’s the tile that’s been worn down a fair deal, near the centre of the Galleria.
I miss this sort of architecture. I can’t get enough of it, and feel like Milan has lost too much, replaced instead by eyesores and blocks of flats that invariably look out-of-date after only 10 years or so.