Galleria Umberto Primo
Umberto 1st Arcade
Naples, Italy

Most photos by Gertrude Meyer
on a trip to Naples.

Galleria Umberto - exterior

The Main Entrance

The arcade, built to eliminate a series of ill-famed alley-ways, The Galleria Umberto I is the grandest interior in southern Italy.

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This great glass-roofed arcade, perhaps the largest in the world, was begun in 1887, nine years after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.

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The interior is distinguished by its central octagonal plan and asymmetrical cross-shape, embellished by its polychrome marble floor. Right: The Naples Opera House is seen through one of the arched doorways of the galleria.


The barrel-vaulted ceiling is made of long panes of glass, while a large 184-foot-tall dome opens in the center. The arcade contains bars and elegant shops. It is a well-known meeting place for artists from the world of theatre and music.

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