Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Park Hyatt Milan is located overlooking the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
The construction of this building began in 1865, overseen by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni, and took just two years to finish.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II was inaugurated by and named after the then King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II.
On the ground floor, you will see the coat of arms of the Savoy family, a white cross on a red background, encircled by the symbols of three other major Italian cities: the bull of Turin, the wolf of Rome and the lily of Florence.
The bull is considered one of the main symbols of the Galleria: according to a legend, it bodes well to turn right round by 360° keeping the heel on the bull’s ball and the eyes shut.
Today, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II oozes elegance: it is one of the principle venues for Milanese shopping and hosts some of the most prestigious fashion boutiques.
A small anecdote regarding the Galleria, also considered the original Milanese drawing room, is about "el Rattin" ( which means “the mouse”), a spring-based gimmick which ran on a rail along the base of the dome that brought light with 600 gaslit wick spouts. This evening lighting became an attraction to many Milanesi, who would meet at the dome at sunset to enjoy the spectacle of el Rattin flaming.
El Rattin first lent its services in 1867, the date of the gallery’s opening, until it was finally replaced by electric lighting in 1885.
Even today, lighting time at the gallery during the Christmas period, when the dome is lit in blue with the emblem of the city of Milan in prominence,is a magic moment and people from all around the world stop by to see it.
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