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The Ravazzini Villino: Liberty in the heart of Florence

Masterpiece of architect Giovanni Michelazzi decorated by Galileo Chini

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The area around Piazza Beccaria in Florence is distinguished by numerous Liberty style buildings. The unique style is reminiscent of the architecture and tastes of the 19th century bourgeoisie who moved into the area beginning during the period of Italian unification. One of the most interesting examples of the Art Nouveau is the Villino Ravazzini on Via Scipione Ammirato, built as an addition to the Broggi Villino designed by architect Giovanni Michelazzi around 1907. The façade’s decoration were designed by Galileo Chini’s Manifattura Fontebuoni-Arte della Ceramica.

The Mugello artist designed and executed tiles with a clearly Art Nouveau vegetable motif that elegantly set off the windows and the area underneath the eaves. The tiles are reminiscent of designs by Olbrich (Viennese architect and personality along with Gustav Klimt), Josef Hoffmann and Kolemann Moser—all are reference points for Chini and his work.
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 ...