Saturday Snapshots #100

MilanArcade

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Milan, July 2009

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered double arcade in Milan, formed of two glass-vaulted arcades at right angles to each other and intersecting in an octagon.  The Galleria connects two of Milan’s most famous landmarks: the Duomo and the Teatro Alla Scala, but the Galleria is a landmark on its own right.  More than 130 years after its inauguration, the graceful four-story arcade includes elegant shops selling most things from haute couture and jewellery to books and paintings, as well as restaurants, cafés, and bars.  A year ago, I was in Italy, enjoying a glorious week of summer with my sister-in-law and my nephew.  She and I were amazed at the architecture and the shops of the Galleria. All my 7-year-old nephew cared about, on the other hand, was that it was still light at 21h30 at night.

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  1. says

    What an amazing structure. A truly gorgeous photograph, I’ve never been to Milan
    ..Such a shame they had to put a McDonalds in the middle of it though ;-) I guess man’s need for terrible meat patties, trounces his love of beauty!

  2. says

    @Rachel – it is terribly incongruous, isn’t it?? Guess it all comes down to money… But I see that they put severe limitations on the signage, which is good. Can’t comprehend how McDonalds survive in Italy, with all the other outstanding food available!
    @Slagalla – thanks for the link – gorgeous historic picture. And yes, isn’t it sad that Ristorante Biffi has been replaced by Ristorante Mickey Dee’s :(