Saturday, May 22, 2010

Palazzo della Galleria

Palazzo della Galleria, LivornoOpposite the Central Post Office, still in “Via Cairoli”, we find the “Palazzo della Galleria” (Palace of the Galleria) built in 1927 by the “Istituto Nazionale Immobiliare”.
Palazzo della Galleria, LivornoThe galleria was originally intended as a link between “Via Cairoli” and the area of the “Mercato Centrale”, but it never really worked and now the space is a glorified hall with a café.
Palazzo della Galleria, old postcard, LivornoBy the way, our friend Stefano took care of the recent restoration process of this galleria.

See also: BNL - Via Cairoli - Banco di Napoli - Central Post Office

10 comments:

Jacob said...

Kudos to Stefano, the man of many talents and contacts! Great job; the building looks magnificent! Have you eaten at the cafe?

Small City Scenes said...

That huge building is only used as a cafe?
The building is beautiful--looking much older than 1927 but what would I know? MB

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful!

Dina said...

Nice, the see-through aspect in the first photo.

tapirgal said...

What a cool building. I like the colors. And the color is echoed in the doorway. Is the upstairs not much used, either?

joo said...

Very elegant buidinng and thanks for Stefano:)
Have a great weekend!

cieldequimper said...

Bravo Stefano! I love the first shot, how do you call those two round windows that aren't windows? I love how one is drawn into one arch and then the next.

VP said...

@ Jacob - I live nearby so it's easier to eat at home...

@ MB - The cafe uses the galleria. Most of the building is occupied by a bank and an insurance company.

@ ciel - This whole arch is called serliana in Italian (I think it's serlienne in French), or Palladian window.

JM said...

The red shutters are so typical of Italy! Love to see them on beautiful old buildings. The first italian city I visited was Bologna and I still remember my 'wows'! :-)

Kaori said...

Love the pink shades in the windows :D