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Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

November 16, 2013 by David Herd

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

 

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy is one of my favourite places in Europe. Here is the entrance to The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which is the world’s oldest shopping mall. The arcade principally contains luxury retailers selling haute couture, jewelry, books and paintings, as well as restaurants, cafes and bars. In 2012, a McDonald’s restaurant was prevented from renewing its tenancy in the mall, after 20 years of occupancy.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

 

As of 2013, the arcade principally contains luxury retailers selling haute couture, jewellery, books and paintings, as well as restaurants, cafés, and bars. The Galleria is famous for being home to some of the oldest shops and restaurants in Milan, such as Biffi Caffè (founded in 1867 by Paolo Biffi, pastry chef to the monarch), the Savini restaurant, the silverware store Bernasconi and the Art Nouveau classic Zucca’s Bar.

In 2012, a McDonald’s restaurant was prevented from renewing its tenancy in the mall, after 20 years of occupancy. The restaurant contended that it was the only mall tenant to be denied the right of first refusal on its new lease, and that the public tender to replace it was “unfair”. McDonald’s has sued the landlord—the city of Milan—for €24 million in damages, alleging that the loss of the lease will deprive McDonald’s of €6 million per year in sales. During its last few hours of operation, the restaurant offered free food and drink to over 5000 customers. The McDonald’s restaurant was replaced with the mall’s second Prada store.

Music at the Galleria

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

 

Play it again Sam. 🙂

One of the many sidewalk cafes in Piazza del Duomo Milan

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

 

Watching the world go by in Milan. 🙂

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

In the Piazza Del Duomo Milan you will find the magnificent Milan Cathedral, and at the edge of the square is the entrance to The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which is the world’s oldest shopping mall. Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. Wikipedia

Milan Cathedral

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

 

One of the most incredible buildings I have ever seen.

Piazza Del Duomo Milan

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

 

Too many pigeons are never enough. 🙂

Giuseppe Garibaldi in Piazzale Carioli (“piazza Castello”)

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian general and politician. He is Considered, with Camillo Cavour, Giuseppe Mazzini and Victor Emmanuel II, as one of Italy’s “fathers of the fatherland.” Wikipedia

Milan has some great cafes

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

 

Remember in Italy coffee is always cheaper if you stand at the bar. 🙂

David Herd with a very friendly bartender at Cafe Milano.

Piazza del Duomo Milan Northern Italy

 Piazza del Duomo MilanGalleria Vittorio Emanuele are both wonderful places to spend a couple of hours drinking coffee and watching the passing parade.

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