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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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  • Day2

    Ti Amo

    February 14 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Since stepping on the flight last night everyone has been talking to me in Italian. I've now been in South East Asia for 13 months and been very much used to people not speaking English, but normally from gestures and the situation I've been able to understand what people are generally saying. But here in Italy for some reason I've found it almost impossible to understand anything. You would have thought as Will can't mostly understand and speak Italian that they would speak to him or he would save me from these embarrassing situations but unfortunately not. They always want to speak to me and by the time he's realised he's missed what they are saying. Why they always speak to me I don't know! I've now learnt how to say "I'm sorry, I do not speak Italian", which to be honest seems to complicate the situation further. Haha

    It's sooo cold here!!! We've come from 37 degrees to 12 and I honestly don't know how I'm going to cope with it. I'm wearing a coat, thermals, a tshirt, a wooly hat, a scarf, 2 socks and trousers on top of my thermals. Help!!!!

    Today's plan is actually quite hectic... As usual! We are going to get up at 7am, leave at 8am. Check into our new airbnb by 9am and then join a walking tour at 10am. Myself and Will were up and ready but we waited for Niranjan to have his breakfast and tea and we didn't get the bus until 8:45am. We checked in by 9:45am but were running very late for the tour. Luckily they had a rough itenary online with timings for each site and were able to catch them up by the second site.

    The tour was FANTASTIC!!! The guide was a typical Italian and reminded me of our friend Nello. He was so expressive and gesticulating everywhere. His pronunciation was like that of an actor, you had to be careful not to be too close otherwise you would have lost an eye and been covered in spit. He was hilarious and although shattered he really kept us stimulated. We visited Church of San Nazaro In Brolo, Statale University which used to be an old public hospital. Then we visited the outside of Duomo Cathedral, Vittorio Emmanuel II Gallery and then had a break for lunch where we had Panzerotto at Luini and a huge slice of pizza from Spottini.

    Next stop was Theatre and Square Alla Scala. The Scala Theatre was built to replace the previous opera house that was burned down. The rich Milanese were desperate for a replacement, so they funded an immediate reconstruction. The main reason they wanted one built so quickly? The only place they could legally gamble was at the theatre during shows. Often the guests at the shows wouldn't even watch the Opera, they were there simply to gamble! So, far from starting life as a place of culture, the theatre was rather the opposite! However, there fortuitously happened a 40 year period in which several wonderful operas debuted at this theatre, including works by Rossini, Verdi and others. Such a critical mass of notable works couldn't help but change the atmosphere, and soon the theatre had become the centre of opera in Europe and the gambling was forgotten about.

    Next was the merchants square. While at merchant's square our guide told us an interesting story. When merchant's ran up too many debts which they were unable to repay, the town would break in half their stall to prevent them from trading any more. In Italian this is known as "banco rotto" (lit. broken desk). Over time this became a single word: bancarotta, from which English gets its word bankrupt. In fact, of all the countries in Europe there are only 5 who don't use a derivation of this word!

    Our final stop on the tour was Piazza dei Affari or business square. The reason that Piazza dei Affari is famous is that its the site of the Italian stock exchange Borsa Italia. The second reason its famous is for a 2011 piece of modern art erected in the courtyard directly in front of the stock exchange . This artwork was gifted by the sculptor to the city of Milan. The artwork? A giant hand, with every finger cut off except for the middle finger. As the hand is facing away from the stock exchange towards the onlookers the message is clear: a giant "screw you" from the banks to the little people. After all, when this artwork was erected Milan was right in the middle of the financial crisis and the people of Italy were suffering. Modern art at its finest? You decide.

    Finally it was time to sit and get warmed up so we took refuge in a nearby coffee shop. What looking at what to see and do next we found our haven. GROM. If you have never been to GROM when in Europe you have to make it your aim to find one and go. GROM serve the most thick, hot and heavenly dark hot chocolate. So obviously that was our next stop. It was just heaven! I finally felt fully warm. Refreshed and happy to keep going so we then visited San Maurizio Monastero Maggiore which was beautiful hidden gem within the city. The church was covered in beautiful frescos. If you've been to Milan and not seen this church you are missing out. We then went to the Castello Sforzesco which was free to walk round in the early evening and then our final sightseeing for the day was the Sempione Park. It was a really lovely park and really picturesque with the evening light shining on the trees. It was now getting very cold and to be honest it was beginning to get painful. We were joining the Milan Couch surfing hangout but it didn't start till 7:30pm so we still had 2.5 hours to kill. In most countries that would be fine as you would just visit a cheap bakery or cafe or find a shop to take cover in. All the shops were ridiculously expensive so we felt we couldn't even walk in with the attire we were wearing, all the cafes were either crazy expensive or shut and after walking for a while it felt like we were just on barron streets. After over an hour of freezing we finally found a little bakery were we sat and ate a lemon custard croissant and escaped the cold. The croissant and sit down was just what we needed. I began to get a little too comfortable and almost fell off my stool when I nodded off for a second.

    It was finally time to go and meet the Couch Surfers at Cafe Ethniko for Aperitivo. I had never had this before. Aperitivo is where you buy a single drink which then gives you access to the buffet food. We spent about 20 mins looking through the menu and trying to translate the cocktails. We finally decided and went to the bar and saw an incredible looking cocktail that
    ... ordered. I instantly made a new friend and asked what his cocktail was and had a little try. That was the one for me! Will was so jealous that he ordered the same. Honestly the cocktail was the size of a fish bowl and it was soo fresh and fruity. Yum. The evening was really fun. We met lots of other couch surfers either living in Milan or visiting Milan for a weekend break. Will was able to practise his Italian and it was such a lovely evening. By 10pm we were shattered and headed back to the airbnb and honestly I don't even remember going to sleep. I'm pretty sure I just passed out due to exhaustion.
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  • Day13

    Mailand & Crema

    July 13 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Wir haben Mailand noch weiter erkundet und das beste Eis dieser Erde gegessen! Außerdem haben wir einige nette Leute im Hostel kennengelernt, die ebenfalls derzeit eine Backpack Reise unternehmen.
    Des Weitern haben wir die kleine Stadt Crema besichtigt, in der einige Szenen des Filmes „Call me by your name“ gedreht wurden, und dort italienisch gegessen.Read more

  • Day9

    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

    September 7, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Just to the left of the Milan Cathedral is the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is Italy's oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan. Housed within a four-story double arcade in the center of town, the Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by architect Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1867.

    While there is no chance I could afford to shop in the many exclusive shops there, I loved the structure of the roof and the geometric patterns of it against the elegance of the old buildings. So many interesting angles from which to photograph it.
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  • Day9

    Pulia Ristorante, Milan

    September 7, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We ended our day with a delicious late lunch at a local restaurant. We figured it must be good because all the locals were there on their lunch break, and it was.

    Great food, great vibe and I loved the decor. We would definitely recommend this place and it wasn't too far from the Duomo and the city sights.Read more

  • Day374

    Italia, Milano

    March 7, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    "Fresco & Cimmino"
    Trattoria, Pizzeria

    Kleiner Geheimtipp in Domnähe. In einer unscheinbaren Seitengasse gleich beim Dom, ist die Trattoria, Pizzeria fresco&cimmino. Um die Mittagszeit ist es richtig voll hier. Nach einer kurzen Wartezeit bekamen wir einen netten Platz auf der Gallerie. Ob jung ob alt, schick, edel, normal, Touri oder Business....hier isst alles :-)

    Das Essen (vor allem die Pizza 4 formaggio) ist sehr lecker! Die Kellner sehr bemüht. Durch die vielen Besucher ist es zwar etwas laut, aber man muss sich bei gutem Essen ja nicht zwangsläufig unterhalten :-)! Die Preise sind absoult ok.
    Nach dem Essen einen gepflegten Cafe Corretto und der Stadtbummel konnte weitergehen :-)

    Sehr empfehlenswert!!!

    www.frescoecimmino.it
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  • Day2

    Die Innenstadt von Milano

    March 12, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Schon morgens ging es um 10.00 auf Entdeckungsreise in Mailand! Der Tag versprach anstrengend zu werden und das merkte ich auch schon um 10.30 auf der Suche nach einem normalen Café für ein gutes Frühstück. Ich lief und lief die nahgelegende Corso Buenos Aires und endlich! Nach 1h Suche fand ich ein kleines, nettes Café mit gutem Kaffee und guten Brötchen.

    Gestärkt lief ich den Corso weiter, direkt an Geschäften wie man sie hier auch in der Innenstadt sieht (H&M, C&A etc.), denn der führte mich direkt in das Stadtzentrum und damit auch zum Duomo und zur direkt angrenzenden Galleria Vittorio et Emanuelle II, die sich wie eine Art "Shopping-Center" mit edlem, verglasten Dach und verschnörkelten Wände identifiziert. Nur die Besonderheit: Ein teures Designer Geschäft nach dem Anderen! Prada, Gucci, Armani... Alle stolzen Designer vertreten dort die Mode-Stadt Mailand. Hier sah man auch die schicken italienischen Männer und deren Top! angezogenen Frauen laufen, wie man das so von den Italienern halt kennt 😃 Das Wetter war inzwischen super geworden, die Sonne war die ganze Zeit draußen und die Temperatur stieg auf ungefähr 24°C.

    Für einen kleinen Mittags-Snack passierte ich in einem kleinen Café am Rande des Duomoplatzes. Dort aß ich super leckeres Bruschetta, ein typisch italienisches geröstetes Brot mit Tomaten, Oliven, Schafskäse, Zwiebeln und Knoblauch. Und danach ging es auch sofort weiter! Klar, ich hatte ja noch sooo viel vor 😥.

    Mein Reiseführer versprach mir, dass ich zur "Via Montenapoleone" gehen müsse. Zur Fuß vom Duomo einmal durch die Galleria und ums Eck, schon angekommen. Und der Reiseführer hatte Recht! Eine kleine enge, aber zugleich wunderschöne Gasse mit den edelsten Boutiquen rechts und links. Und wieder fand ich die teuren italienischen Designer wie Versace oder Dolce & Gabbana und den ein oder anderen Maserati und Ferrari vor den Geschäften. Diese Straße hat mich komplett beeindruckt! Ein super schicker Flair inmitten des Herzens der Stadt. Eine eigene Metro-Station, " Via Mobtenapoleone", hat das Viertel übrigens auch.

    Gegen Nachmittag besuchte ich noch die Mailänder Scala und die "normale" Shopping-Meile von Mailand. Doch was ist hier schon "normal" 😂. Aber dann wurde es auch schon Abend und wieder ging die Suche nach einem guten italienischen Restaurant los. Jedoch zum Glück habe ich mich an der Rezeption im Hotel erkundigt und so aß ich im "Mozzarella e Basilica" eine wirklich weltklasse Pizza Salami mit Weißbrot dazu. Super erschöpft aber auch super zufrieden ging es mit der Metro wieder zurück zum Hotel, wo ich dann doch sehr müde gegen 22.00 ankam. Meine Beine taten nur noch weh...Doch es hat sich gelohnt, denn so habe ich wirklich viel von der Stadt Milano kennengelernt🤘🤘.
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  • Day1

    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

    May 19, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The structure is very impressive. If you go to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, you'll always find someone spinning around three times with a heel on the testicles of bull of Turin depicted on the floor, it is believed that it brings google luck.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Viktor-Emanuel-Galerie, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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