On the way to Capri, one must spend a day or two in Naples as there is plenty to see. Galleria Umberto I is one of those sights; it was built between 1887 and 1891 and was the cornerstone in the decades-long rebuilding of Naples. Designed by Emanuele Rocco, who employed modern architectural elements reminiscent of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.
The Galleria was named for Umberto I, King of Italy, at the time of construction. It was meant to combine businesses, shops, cafes, and social life—public space—with private apartments on the third floor. The building is part of the UNESCO listing of the Historic Centre of Naples as a World Heritage Site. It was pretty empty when I went there but beautiful nevertheless – a light-filled shopping arcade crowned with a domed glass and steel roof. A very spacious and impressive inside, built in the Art Nouveau style, this structure is worth exploring:
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