Galleria Alberto Sordi

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Galleria Alberto Sordi as seen from Piazza Colonna

The Galleria Alberto Sordi is a shopping gallery opened in 1922 in the center of the Italian capital Rome . It is located on Via del Corso and Piazza Colonna opposite the Palazzo Chigi , the official residence of the Italian Prime Minister.

The gallery was called Galleria Colonna until 2003 and then named after the actor, director and screenwriter Alberto Sordi , who died that year .


For centuries the place of the Galleria was taken by the Palace of the Princes of Piombino . After the Italian Chamber of Deputies was established in the nearby Palazzo Montecitorio in 1871, the aim was to design the ensemble of buildings around Piazza Colonna and thus the square itself. Against considerable resistance from the owners, the Palazzo Piombino was torn down; the owners were compensated with the Palazzo Margherita , which is now the embassy of the United States. It was not until 1908 that an agreement could be reached on the late Cclectic design by the architect Dario Carbone. The Galleria Colonna opened on October 20, 1922, but work dragged on until 1940. The original name referred to the Marcus Aurelius Column (Colonna di Marco Aurelio) on the Piazza Colonna ("Column Square").


In the almost square building, two shopping arcades form an imaginary V, the point of which is at the main entrance and thus on Via del Corso and Piazza Colonna. The two rear ends of the passages are on Via Santa Maria in Via. Aside from the passages, the building has seven floors, one of which is basement. Parts of the Galleria are used by the Italian government . In the shopping arcade you will find a number of shops and cafés, a Feltrinelli bookstore that is very well known in Rome (right at the V-point).

The Galleria was extensively renovated between 2000 and 2003 and named after Alberto Sordi.

The Galleria Alberto Sordi in Rome has roughly the same significance as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan and the Galleria Umberto I in Naples , but it is smaller than the latter shopping arcades.

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Coordinates: 41 ° 54 ′ 3.1 ″  N , 12 ° 28 ′ 52.3 ″  E