Today I would like to show you some impressions of the cathedral church of Milan and the The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
As you may know I’m half Italian so half of my relatives live in Milan. My parents grew up there and came to Switzerland to finish their studies. That’s why I was born and raised in Zurich but sometimes I wish I lived in a big city like Milan.
The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in the Italian state territory. At least that’s what Wikipedia says…
Pink light…. seriously?!
I was so lucky to get to the piazza, the cathedral square, at a good time. Shortly before sunset there was a beautiful evening light and the pale marble bricks of the cathedral glowed so intensly!
Wiki: “The piazza marks the center of the city, both in a geographic sense and because of its importance from an artistic, cultural, and social point of view.”
If you’re afraid of birds though, you shouldn’t go there. There are doves everywhere and they’re not afraid of you.
Sorry Lucerne, this lion has definitely more dignity!
Wiki: “The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the oldest shopping mall in Italy and named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. The structure is formed by two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala.”
The atmosphere inside there is simply breathtaking and comforting at the same time. The floor is made of mosaic stones and there are some of the oldest shops and restaurants in Milan, such as Biffi Caffè, founded by the pastry chef of the monarch.
But most of the people come just the see the stunning architecture and to take pictures. Like me for example.
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The tradition tells that spinning three times with one’s right heel on the bull’s genitals will bring good luck. I would never do that! ..and especially not a man?!
Piazza del Duomo by night
The next day I just had to go one more time, especially since all the stores were open even on sunday. I didn’t had a lot of money to spend but I found a beautiful top/dress that was on sale at MANGO. I can’t wait for spring and summer to wear it!
The atmosphere on the piazza however was totally different. While by night the cathedral was looking mysterious and magical by day it had turned looking just imposing. I started taking a few pictures but than I decided that the pictures with the evening light would be more special so I stopped again.
I hope you enjoyed the ride and see you really soon Beauties!