Shopping sights in Milan
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Framed by an immense archway, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II opens off the Piazza del Duomo’s northern flank. This glass-and-steel-roofed shopping arcade is shaped like a crucifix, and is home to elegant boutiques, cafes, and, unfortunately, a McDonald’s. More fittingly, it’s also home to a seven-star (!!) hotel, the Townhouse Galleria.
Giuseppe Mengoni designed the Galleria as a showplace for modern Milan. Tragically, he plummeted to his death from scaffolding just weeks before his 14-year tour de force was completed in 1877. Long-standing Milanese tradition claims you can avoid Mengoni’s bad luck by grinding your heel into the testicles of the mosaic bull on…