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