The Corso Umberto I is one of the most important streets in Naples. Also known as Rettifilo, the street connects Piazza Garibaldi with Piazza Giovanni Bovio. It was constructed towards the end of the 19th century and is about 1.3 kilometres long.
Corso Umberto I Naples
History and description
The Corso Umberto I was laid in a very short time. It was part of the Risanamento, a period during which the city was completely transformed. Halfway down the street is the Piazza Nicola Amore, named after the man who was mayor of Naples at the time.
In order to be able to construct the Corso Umberto I, much of the district had to be flattened, including some historic buildings and churches.
The street starts at the Piazza Garibaldi and Naples Central Station. Known mainly as a more affordable shopping street, the Rettifilo is flanked by famous chains such as Zara, Benetton and Stefanel.
Along the street there are also several street vendors selling mostly fake goods, but sometimes also handmade objects.
What to see
The main churches along the street are the San Pietro Martire Church, Sant’Agostino alla Zecca Church, Santa Maria Egiziaca a Forcella Church, Santissima Annunziata Maggiore Basilica and San Pietro ad Aram Basilica.
The statue in the street depicts the politician Ruggiero Bonghi.
The most famous historical building is the Palazzo Federico II, which now serves as a university seat.