Galleria Umberto Primo
Umberto 1st Arcade
Most photos by Gertrude Meyer
on a trip to Naples.
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.
This great glass-roofed arcade, perhaps the largest in the world, was begun in 1887, nine years after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.
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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