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The Broggi-Caraceni Villino and Liberty in Florence

Buildings by Galileo Chini and Giovanni Michelazzi in the Florentine suburbs

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Those seeking the Liberty style in the austere Renaissance city of Florence need to head to the nearby outskirts built up in the 19th and 20th centuries, which reflect the influence of the Art Nouveau. An example of this type of architecture and decoration is found in the Villino Broggi-Caraceni, located on Via Scipione Ammirato near Piazza Beccaria. The building was built between 1910 and 1911 by architect Giovanni Michelazzi, in collaboration with Galileo Chini who completed the pictorial and ceramic decorations including green majolica garlands that are considered highly original and unique.

The Broggi Villino offers many other interesting particulars, including precious wrought iron banisters that characterize the gates and windows. All of the balconies, small doors and imposing eaves give the building a unique profile. Galileo Chini frescoed part of the walls and entranceway ceilings, as well as the living area. The stylized staircase in the form of a dragon and large lantern have inspired generations of decorators and creative designers.

An astonishing city of art, fashion and tradition
If you are visiting Tuscany you cannot miss Florence. The Renaissance city is a treasure trove of art with an astonishing contemporary vibe. Beyond the extraordinary artistic heritage, a testimony to its centuries of civilization, the best way to enjoy Florence is to stroll along the riverside avenues at sunset, or to get lost among the city’s myriad alleyways of the bohemian Oltrarno or the ...