Italy's most beautiful gallerias

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These glass-covered streets can be found all over Italy, combining incredible vaulted ceilings and architecture with some of the best shopping in the country.

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  • Galleria Umberto I, Naples
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    Galleria Umberto I, Naples

    This beautiful arcade was built in Naples between 1887?1891 and named for Umberto I, King of Italy at the time of construction. After years of decay, the galleria has once again become a buzzing avenue through the city centre and makes up part of the UNESCO listing of the Historic Centre of Naples.

  • Galleria Umberto I, Naples
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    Galleria Umberto I, Naples

    The large, cross-shaped gallery can be accessed from the via Toledo, still one of the city's main shopping streets.

  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
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    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

    Milan's resplendent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Named after the first king of Italy, it was designed and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1861 and 1877. It is known affectionately by many as il salotto di Milano, or Milan's drawing room, due to its popularity as a meeting and dining spot in the city centre.

  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
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    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

    The galleria sits right in the heart of the city, connecting Piazza del Duomo - where the city's dominating cathedral stands - to Piazza della Scala.

  • Galleria Alberto Sordi, Rome
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    Galleria Alberto Sordi, Rome

    Rome's Galleria Alberto Sordi was, until 2003, known as Galleria Colonna before it was named for the well-known Italian actor. The Art Nouveau arcade was designed in the early 1900s by Dario Carbone and inaugurated in 1922. In the early 2000s, it underwent a thorough restoration and reopened under the name Alberto Sordi.

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Shopping never felt so classy. Italy's gallerias are jaw-dropping testaments to arching glass and cast-iron roofs, but they are also some of the oldest examples of shopping malls in the world.

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Posted on 13/01/2018 8 shares
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