Villino Sofia

Villino Sofia in Viareggio

The building, which was constructed in the second half of the Nineteenth century, is situated in the old part of the seafront boulevards


Its compact architectonic structure, which spans across two floors, has orderly façades which are characterised by the symmetrical layout of their openings and of the small terrace in the centre.
In the Twenties, in the wake of new Art Nouveau trends, Galileo Chini altered the building with some restyling work. The way the internal décor is arranged shows specific stylistic similarities to the decorative ornamentation of the façades. The facing of this small villa exhibits a heterogeneous ceramic repertoire. Little cupids with garlands and vine shoot leaves decorate the roof terrace, whereas the skirt roof fascia exhibits fantastical animals (seahorses) which highlight the small central terrace of the façades through their symmetrical arrangement.
The building is a private property and cannot be visited inside.
Source: Lucca and its lands /

More than just a beach town, Viareggio boasts culture and is the Carnevale capital of Italy
Sparkling sea on one side, gleaming white marble mountains of the Apuan Alps on the other: this is Viareggio, pearl of Versilia. First created as the port of Lucca, Viareggio owes its name to the “via Regis”, the street that connected it to the area’s capital during the Middle Ages. Its foundations date back to 1172 when the Lucchesi and Genoese allied against Pisa, built a famous fortress. ...