Milan marks 150th year of King Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery

Shopping gallery inaugurated by King Vittorio Emanuele II in 1867.

Around 900 guests will attend a charity dinner in Milan’s central Vittorio Emanuele Gallery on Piazza del Duomo on 13 September to raise €300 each for food for the needy.

Fashionable shops in the gallery will close after lunch as tables are prepared for the gala event. Organised by city hall, Milan shopkeepers’ association and gallery staff, the dinner will fund an operation by Caritas, providing food vouchers to the homeless and other people in need.

Guests will enjoy a menu signed by Michelin-starred chef and TV personality Carlo Cracco, including a fondue of parmigiano, mâche and almonds, followed by Milan speciality saffron risotto.

The celebrations will continue on 15 September, when five marching bands will start from the Royal Palace at 10.00, crossing Piazza del Duomo to the gallery.  They will continue through the gallery to Piazza della Scala, where they will finish their concert of traditional Milanese music in front of city hall at 12.00 with the national anthem.

To round off the anniversary events, Italy’s state mint has struck a €10 silver coin dedicated to the gallery.  It will be on sale at the gallery’s Urban Centre on 15 and 16 September.

Meanwhile, work is almost complete on the restoration of the gallery’s mosaic floor, with over 4,500 tiles replaced in the original colours.