Alan and Cyane departed Philadelphia at the regional rail station above. 18 hours later, arrival was at Milan's Stazione Centrale, clock shown to left. Construction was completed during the fascists' rise to power in Italy (1931) and is a monument to imperial ambitions. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, below, may be the first and most successful pedestrian shopping mall (1865-1877). Milan has many expressions of distinctive design, old and new.