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Umberto I square in Capri: photo description (Piazza Umberto I)

The Piazza Umberto I, also known as La Piazzetta, the most famous area of the island of Capri. It is often called the "little theater". The square is located in the historical centre of Capri town on the Eastern side of the island. In the days of Ancient Rome it was considered the Central city square and meeting place for citizens.

In the 18th century, the square was built the Church of Santo Stefano, which has received the status of Cathedral after the city was occupied by the Bishop of Capri. In order to connect the Church with the square and the Bishop's residence, now converted into the City Hall, which was built a staircase. The Bishop of Capri existed until 1818, the year when by order of Pope Pius VII, he was abolished, and the Capri was transferred to the diocese of Sorrento.

Piazza Umberto I was always well organized as the center of urban life in the early 20th century it worked for vegetable, fish and meat markets. Between 1934 and 1938, the years it was opened the first bar "Grand Café Vuotto" - the owner of the bar Rafael Vuotto set tables and chairs on the street, and it gave impetus to a new development area and soon made it one of the most popular places on the island. Residents of Capri opened their small businesses - cafes, craft shops, souvenir shops, etc., and La Piazzetta has become a place of attraction for tourists.

Architectural dominant of the square Piazza Umberto I is the clock tower, which often is a symbol of the whole island of Capri, even ahead of the Church of Santa Sofia and a guard tower, standing at the door. On the square you can find a lot of memorable characters, for example, on one of the walls of City Hall are two plaques - in memory of kings Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I. Another plaque commemorates the local native arcucci of Gennaro, a Martyr of the Bourbon restoration. And in place of one of the four walls of the facade of the clock tower was installed a memorial plaque in memory of those killed during the First World war. Tourists also love to take pictures of the epigraph in memory of Henry Wreford, the correspondent of the newspaper "Times", which came to Capri for one day and stayed for 50 years.