The Living Room of Milan

The Living Room of Milan is a very good destination spot for tourists. Its real name is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II but may also be called as the Street Under the Glass. It was created by Giuseppe Mengoni from 1865-1877 wherein he died after a fall from one scaffold two days before the galleria was opened. It is considered as a great architectural work as the dome is made up of glass and iron. One of the symbols of Milan, which is a bull, had a mosaic in the center of the gallery. This neo-classical building has a cruciform plan that links the secular Piazza della Scala of the north to the spiritual Piazza della Duomo of the south. The dome, thus, represents the union of the state and religion. Inside it, luxury shops like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Tods are present. Bookstores and even the fast food chain, McDonalds is available inside.

The roof of the galleria is often for the public with an admission fee. Inside the cathedral, several sarcophagus of archbishops may be found. It includes Archbishop Alberto da Intimiano's, Giovanni Visconti's, and Marco Carelli's sarcophagus. Sculptures of Pellegrino Pellegrini may also be found in the galleria with his most famous statue of Saint Bartholomew.

La Scala on the north end of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an opera house. Performances typically start on December 7 and no one is allowed to get in once it has started. The La Scala museum showcases paintings, statues, and costumes related to the history of the Piazza. Inside you will be able to find the Academy of Performing Arts that accommodates musicians and dancers that are mastering their fields.