Villino Sofia
The building, which was constructed in the second half of the Nineteenth century, is situated in the 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.


Viale Manin 20, viareggio

Historical critical news

Thanks to the presence of Galileo Chini and Alfredo Belluomini, a general re-defining of the seafront boulevards was witnessed in the Twenties. In particular, the new buildings which were characterised by the Art Nouveau, among which the Gran Caffè Margherita, the Duilio 48th and the Supercinema Savoia, press for restyling work on the façades of the 19th century historical residences with the introduction of ceramic decorative ornamentation.
The small Sofia villa, which was constructed for the Bertolli family from Lucca, represents an example of how two ornamental repertoires prevail in ceramics from Viareggio: one is linked to the Florentine Renaissance tradition which was re-interpreted in the light of new trends, the other corresponds more specifically to the art nouveau taste.
(source: Alessandra Belluomini Pucci -Centro Studi Cultura Eclettica Liberty e Déco)


  • GIUSTI MARIA ADRIANA, Viareggio 1828-1938. Villeggiatura, Moda, Architettura, Idea Books, Firenze 1989.
  • BELLUOMINI PUCCI A., Arredi d'arte e di artisti nel panorama delle Esposizioni. L'esempio della ditta Spicciani, in M.A. Giusti (a cura di ), Le età del Liberty in Toscana, Octavo, Firenze 1996.
  • BELLUOMINI PUCCI A., Un museo all'aperto: la ceramica di Galileo Chini nell'esposizione permanente della città di Viareggio, in G. Borella, A. Serafini (a cura di), La costruzione della Versilia, Maschietto&Musolino, Pontedera 2000.


District: Versilia
Building dating: end of Nineteenth century
District/Location: The building is a private property and cannot be visited inside.

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