Viareggio Art Déco, chic decadence on the Versilia Coast

Viareggio Art Déco, chic decadence on the Versilia Coast

PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW

The walk on the seafront of Viareggio is one of the most beautiful in Italy. This promenade is where its unique carnival parade takes place. Along four kilometres of coast, one can see the beach on one side and some beautiful –  and deeply decadent – Liberty-style buildings on the other. Today a modern city, Viareggio’s most distinguished monuments are the Art Déco buildings facing the waterfront, which have preserved their original structure since the beginning of the 20th century.…

Continue Reading
13 examples of modern architecture in Florence

13 examples of modern architecture in Florence

PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW

Florence is a myth. It is a place where scholars, inventors, artists, and genius have changed the world and invented it as we know it today. The legacy of Florence is modernity. More than a place, Florence makes the world aware of a time flow between ancient time, present and future, with no limits. The buildings described below show the city commitment to the architectural avant-garde, also known as Modern Style.…

Continue Reading
Il Liberty fiorentino: the Florentine art nouveau

Il Liberty fiorentino: the Florentine art nouveau

PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW

Florence is not only synonymous with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Its streets hide other equally aesthetic treasures that no one expects to find, as samples of the Liberty style, the Florentine art nouveau of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is quite a decorative style in wrought iron, with floral and animal motifs, linear and curved forms. The Liberty patterns found in Florence opposition, hostility and criticism, as it was believed that these buildings broke the architectural uniformity of the city. The pressure was such that the authorities of the time prohibited this style in the oldest centre. Most of these buildings were designed by Giovanni Michelazzi. He was the highest representative of the Liberty Fiorentino who opposed the local ban by wielding freedom of expression. With his death in 1920, such architectural style was interrupted in Florence.

Continue Reading
Russian Orthodox Church of Florence celebrates Orthodox Easter tonight

Russian Orthodox Church of Florence celebrates Orthodox Easter tonight

PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW

Modern buildings stand out in Florence more than anywhere else, since most of the historic centre buildings come from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Built in Russian art nouveau style between 1899 and 1903 and declared Historical Monument, the Russian Orthodox Church was recently restored. Its unusual facade is characterized by its onion domes. This temple is the first Russian religious building erected in the Italian territory, thanks to the efforts of the parish priest Vladimir Levickij, to the donations of Demidoff family, some parishioners, and nothing more and nothing less Emperor Nicholas II.

Continue Reading