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Piazza della Scala is a pedestrian central square of Milan, Italy, connected to the main square of Milan, Piazza del Duomo, by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II passage. It is named after the renowned Teatro alla Scala opera house, which occupies the north-western side of the square; the building actually includes both the opera house and the Museo Teatrale alla Scala (La Scala Museum), dedicated to the history of La Scala and opera in general. On the opposite side to "La Scala", to the south-east, is the facade of Palazzo Marino, Milan's city hall. Another relevant building on the square, on the north-eastern side, is the Palazzo della Banca Commerciale Italiana. The south-western side of the square has the entry to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele as well as Palazzo Beltrami. Most of the architecture of the square is due to architect Luca Beltrami, who designed the eponymous palace, the facade of Palazzo Marino, and the Banca Commerciale Italiana building. The centre of the square is marked by the monument of Leonardo da Vinci by sculptor Pietro Magni (1872).
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Such a beautiful spot to get beautiful photos! The monument itself is popular for tourists, also it is right across from the amazing cathedral! Just a little tip: be aware of the "free corn" dark skinned men might give you, they do an amazing demonstration of how to get birds to land on your arms and let you take nice photos - which is interesting, but after the "free" demonstration is over and you've your lovely photos taken, the men ask you for money, there were 2 of us - they said "we have to" give them €10 each...in a situation like this they do not go away from you and they become violent if you do not give them money. Be careful!
Beautiful, spacious, with high-end designer stores and restaurants. If you're on a budget, simply walk through and admire the stunning architecture!
Pretty monument, however, be sure to look around the square. It's amazing!
The monuments to Vittorio Emanuele II are in all cities in Italy. It is a tribute to him as the "father of the nation". The irony, however, is that the king himself was a man of average ability. He became king of a United Italy more a twist of fate, by the will of his Prime Minister Cavour, by the will of the hero of Italy, Garibaldi, but not by his own will. He does not stand out on the background of the same mediocre monarchs - cynical, but not intelligent parvenu -Emperor of France, Napoleon III, stupid Martinet - Russian Tsar Nicholas I, a hard-core reactionary Emperor of Austria Franz Josef I. However, Vittorio Emanuele had a valuable quality. Well aware of his humble ability, he does not interfere with the work of others. All the monuments to the king are characterized by remarkable uniformity. The impression is that their design is claimed by a single person who hasn't seen neighter Michelangelo, nor Cellini or Bernini. Obligatory features; the king is on horseback, a hat at the head of him always, a hat, has plume always. The statue by sculptor Enrico Chiaradia is no exception. Sculpture weighs fifty tons. It`s the single surprise in it. If you look at the full face, against the background of the colonnade of the Vittoriano, which the Romans rightly called "false teeth", the monument looks like the lower bronze tooth. The only one.
If you don't like pigeons be aware, this place is surrounded by these little creatures and people feeding those. You can give money to have some pics shooted with those on your head or on your arm.
Majestic marble monument built in honor of the first king of Italy after the unification of the country.
The monument stands proudly on the Piazza del Duomo. Humans and pigeons alike enjoy sitting on it. Vittorio looks at the square and feels happy it is well maintained.
Great statue! This statue is located in the Piazza Del Duomo, in front of the Duomo of Milan. You may be so dazzled by the magnificence of the Duomo that this statue may go unnoticed. But, that statue is beautiful too, and you should pay attention on it!