The Galleria is located only a few block from the port and right across the street from the Palazzo Real. We accidentally stumbled into the Galleria looking for a shortcut back to the port and our cruise ship. The almost cathedral-like, cross-shaped domed glass architecture of the building (184 feet tall at its center) is truly impressive. The tile floor also has some interesting designs and mosaics but it was hard to keep your eyes off the ceiling.
Built in 1892, on a design for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, the iron and glass construction is a rare example of “industrial architecture”. The Galleria Umberto was designed as a covered passageway connecting the San Carlo Theater to via Roma. The Galleria was named for Umberto I, King of Italy at the time of construction. If you are in the port area, it shouldn't be missed and takes only a few of minutes to stroll through.
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