A shrine to Industry and Commerce: this is how the people of Rome envisaged the Galleria in Piazza Colonna when it was inaugurated in October 1922, with its shops and bank branches therein, completed after years of work. With its majestic presence on via del Corso, Galleria Colonna represented the inauguration of a building of huge dimensions, multifunctional in its purpose since it was intended both for office use and retail purposes, built after an intense debate, which started during the very first years of Rome as capital, and in pursuance of a project of exceptional ambition.
The Gallery is situated at the centre of Campo Marzio, in front of the column of Marcus Aurelius, facing the square from where it is possible to admire prestigious architectures of the modern Rome, and in particular the 16th century palace which belonged to Agostino Chigi during the 17th century.
Today the Galleria in Piazza Colonna is one of the most renowned and charming places in the city, both due to its central location, as well as due to is prestigious architectural design, without excluding the myth which has always veiled this place.
In 2011, Sorgente Group completed the publication of the volume “La Galleria di piazza Colonna”, edited by Allemandi & C. The said publication describes in detail the history surrounding the Gallery, today known as Galleria Alberto Sordi (Alberto Sordi 15 June 1920 – 24 February 2003, was an Italian actor), as well as of the square hosting it with all its architectural inheritance.
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