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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Gallery, an elegant pedestrian street covered on which face cafes, shops and libraries in addition to the famous restaurant Savini, was begun in 1865 by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni. The innovative project employs for the first time the iron and glass as structural elements.

Inaugurated two years later by the King Vittorio Emanuele II which is dedicated, was designed for joining the piazza del Duomo with that of scale in the context of a project for the relocation of roads of the center. In the central octagon that stands at the crossroads of the arms up to 47 meters, floor the Savoy crest, with a white cross on a red field, is surrounded by the coats of arms of the four most important cities of Italy:

The bull of Turin (a popular belief that pass on its attributes bring luck), the She-wolf of Rome, the lily of Florence, and the red cross in a white field of Milan. In time are shown in the mosaic the four continents: Asia, Africa, Europe and America