It is a beautiful sight and I could stare at the details of that building forever. But we had very little time left and the rest of Milan to see.
So next on our tour, our guide (my cousin) took us to a place that I could never afford. To the Galleria or Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Yes, Milan’s famous and oldest galleria where all the designer shops are located into this beautiful little plaza and the prices are higher than high, the place that makes Milan the fashion capital of the world, well one of the reasons.
The Galleria is not far from the Duomo and is just as grandiose and beautiful as the Duomo. It has beautiful architecture from the outside and inside, especially with it’s dome glass ceiling that you can’t help but stop and look up at constantly.
While shopping was a far-fetched fantasy for me in this place, just seeing those beautiful stores made me feel like a high-end fashionista in Milan.
But my favorite part had to be the Bull’s Balls.
According to my cousin (and online searches) there is a mosaic of a the coat of arms of the three capitals of the Kingdom of Italy in the center of the Galleria. One of them is the Bull from Turin coat of arms, per Milan tradition if you put your right heel on the bull’s balls and spin three times it will bring you good luck.
Well I love quirky traditions like this, so you bet your ass I put my heel on that Bull’s Balls and spun around three times to bring me some good luck. And how the rest of my European trip went, I’d say I got some great luck from it 😉
Oh and for people who say it’s a tourist thing, I’m sure it is, but my cousin was a trooper and did it as well, even as a local in Milan. But we all spun around three times, whether we got dizzy who knew. But it was fun to start it up and eventually we had a crowd gather around us to see what in the world we were doing to this poor bull’s ball, which is now just a hole in the ground by the many people who’ve actually spun around on it.
But I’d say we had a huge blast spinning and looking up at that beautiful dome ceiling. But nightfall was going to be soon upon us and we still had a few more stops.
But first we had to eat some absolutely delicious pizza (besides the one with the anchovies, tooooo much salt I tell ya).
Then stopped to grab my very first gelato in Italy and definitely not my last gelato from my European trip.
After that wonderfully sweet mouth watering gelato, we moved on to our next Milan adventure.
Stay tuned for the last leg of my Milan adventure!
If you missed my the first part of my Milan adventure, check it out here | Milano Parte 1