It is par excellence “la Galleria” (the gallery), “il salotto di Milano” (the Salon of Milan). The structure (1865-1877) was built by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni, who, when the building was finished, there died. It has the shape of a cross with the arms crossing in an octagon of iron and glass; it is 196 m. long from the north to the south and 105,50 m. from the east to the west, it is 14,50 wide and 21 high, with a “peak” of 47 meters on the top of the central cupola. In the gallery there are plenty of restaurants, bar, coffee-shops, bookshops, clothes shops windows which draw citizens and tourists.
Address: Piazza del Duomo – Milano