Second Part of the walking tour:
Duomo Square | Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II. | Scala Square | Fashion Quarter | Brera District |
- Equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II. in the center of the cathedral square
At the left side of the Dome Cathedral there is the imposing department store La Rinascente. From the snack bar on the upper floor you can enjoy the view to the cathedral Duomo consuming a strong Italian espresso coffee
Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II
- Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II
From the Dome Square begins the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II. It connects the Cathedral's Square with the La Scala Square Piazza della Scala.
Built in 1877, the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II is Milan's elegant lounge with luxury boutiques and restaurants. The roof of the gallery forms a cross that is well visible from the cathedral's roof.
In the centre of the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II the charming mosaic floor with the aspect of a carpet shows in the center the symbol of the Savoia Royal Family.
The 4 symbols in every part on the floor represent the capitals of the Kingdom of Italy in various periods:
- Florence and
The top of the central octagon demonstrate the four continents Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
The 24 statues in the Gallery represent Italian important personalities, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei, Alessandro Volta a.o.m. he main entries of the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II are have the form of triumphal arches.
Piazza della Scala
- Scala Squarewith the da Vinci's monument
Passing the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II you reach the Scala Square Piazza della Scala with the Leonardo da Vinci's monument in the square's center.
In front of the La Scala Theater you find Palazzo Marino, head office of the mayor as well as the Ministry of Justice.
Museums around Piazza della Scala
In November 2011, in the Piazza della Scala, the new museum Gallery d'Italia has been opened
In the historic palaces of Milan’s noble families, Palazzo Anguissola from the 17th Century and the Palazzo Brentani, works of Italian painters and sculptors of the 19th Century are exhibited.
Museum Poldi Pezzoli
- Museum Poldi Pezzoli
Walking straight on in Via Alessandro Manzoni you pass the museum Poldi Pezzoli with a private Art collection to be visit in the original noble palace and residence of the family Poldi Pezzoli.
Fashion Quarter and Brera District
After passing the Grand hotel Et de Milan where Giacomo Puccini passed some time and Giuseppe Verdi lived for a long period of his life e died there, you reach right hand side the Fashion District of Milan between via Montenapoleone, via Sant’Andrea and via della Spiga.
- Brera District
Turning to the left in via Montenapoleone and passing via Monte di Pietà you reach now the via Brera.
Pinacoteca di Brera
Turn right in Via Brera to pass at the right side the famous Pinacoteca di Brera. In the Brera Art Gallery you find paintings and artworks of the XV to XVIII century.
Now you are in the picturesque Brera district with art boutiques, restaurants and nice bars, the perfect quarter for leisure and night life. On week ends and in the evening you find here an opulent street life.
- Pinacoteca di Brera
Passing via Fiori Chiari e via Madonnina you reach the nice Church Santa Maria del Carmine.
Following Via Mercato and turning to the right in Via Tivoli and Via Lanza you find here the Piccolo Theater Strehler.
A few meters straight on you reach the Sforza Castle again where you will have merit a break in the English Castel’s Garden Sempione.