The Via dei Mille is one of the best known shopping streets in Naples. It runs in a straight line through the prestigious Chiaia district. At its extremities it continues as Via Vittorio Colonna (west side) and as Via Gaetano Filangieri (east side).
Via dei Mille Naples
History and description
The Via dei Mille is flanked by shops and boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Olympus and Sisley interspersed with old mansions.
The Via dei Mille, the Via Colonna and the Via Filangeri were constructed between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The designs of the mostly Art Nouveau buildings along these streets attracted the most influential architects of the time (including Giulio Ulisse Arata).
Via Filangeri Naples
On the east side of the Via Gaetano Filangeri is the Piazza Santa Caterina, named after the Santa Caterina a Chiaia Church.
Coming to a set of wide steps, one can see at the corner a mansion built between 1909 and 1911. This Palazzo Mannajuolo is characterised by a slightly convex shape and by its striking windows. The steps themselves are dedicated to Francesco d’Andrea.
Via dei Mille
At the end of Via Filangeri, the street bends slightly to the left. This is the beginning of the Via dei Mille. Apart from the many famous shops, this street is flanked by a several beautiful palaces.
The building on Via dei Mille, 40 is called Palazzo Leonetti and is the seat of both the Spanish and British Consulate in Naples.
The Palazzo D’Avalos del Vasto (n. 48) was built in the 16th century. It has a neo-classical interior and a large garden at the back.
The Palazzo Carafa di Roccella (n. 66) dates from the 18th century. It is the seat of a modern art museum (Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, PAN for short). In the late 19th century, part of this building was damaged during the construction of the Via dei Mille itself.
The historic Sancarluccio Theatre is located in the side street Via San Pasquale.
Via Colonna Naples
At the end of Via dei Mille, the street slowly begins to rise. It is here that the name changes to Via Vittorio Colonna.
The church on the right is the Santa Teresa a Chiaia Church.
At the end of the Via Colonna, one arrives at Piazza Amedeo, where there is a metro line B stop.