Pinsteps. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
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The gallery of Victor Emanuel the second in Milan is perhaps an architectural monument not less recognizable than the Dome Cathedral itself. It was built according to the plan of the architect Giuseppe Mengoni, who tragically died after falling from the scaffold a few days before the completion of construction. Often, we are impressed by the beauty of the structure, its scale, the intention of the architect, and almost always the fate of the man is hidden from us. Rumors say that Mengoni committed suicide because he could not endure the stress, fearing that the work will not be completed on time and that he will have to pay heavy fines and as if King Immanuel himself did not like this building. But in fact, the king was simply ill and the customers did not disturb the architect because he was already famous and won a competition for the construction of the building, coming first between 176 applicants, and yet he was not particularly surprised. He had to endure much more loss throughout his life - the death of his eighteen-year-old brother and a year after that, the death of his father. Most likely it was just an accident, and the tragedy is that the architect did not see the grand opening of his brainchild, which was designed to show the unity of the four continents, to display agriculture, science, industry and art and to be, as Mengoni himself said: “Something not inferior to the creations of Michelangelo and Raphael.” Mengoni never knew that one of the world's first indoor passages, connecting Dome Square and the square in front of the La Scala Theater, would become the symbol of Milan - exactly as the architect wanted it to.

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Center of Milan by foot for a few hours

This route is suitable for those who come to Milan for a day or for those who stay in the city. We will visit the Dome Square, get acquainted with the architecture of the town, and feel its spirit, born during the formation of independent Italy. We will walk along the quiet streets of the bohemian region of Brera and plunge into urban life in the Castello area. Stories, bars, restaurants, shops, and comfort will accompany us at every step.

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