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Italian Art Nouveau

From the end of the19th till the beginning of the 20th century the Art Nouveau movement was "hot" in Italian architecture and so a range of Liberty-style (as the movement was called in Italy) buildings arose in Milan as well. The most important architects of these buildings in Milan are Giuseppe Sommaruga and Alessandro Mazzucotelli.

The areas around Corso Magenta and Porta Venezia are the ones that still have the most testimonies of the Liberty era. The major sights to look for in case you're interested in Liberty architecture are:

  • Palazzo Castiglioni

  • Palazzo Berri Meregalli

  • Casa Campanini

  • Ex-Trianon facade

  • Acquario Civico

  • Casa Laugier

  • Casa Ferrario

  • Casa Guazzoni

  • Palazzina Liberty

  • Ex-cinema Dumont

To see the caryatids that were removed from the Palazzo Castiglioni , because they were considered too liberal, you need to pass by Villa Romeo Faccanoni at Via Michelangelo Buonarroti 48, north west of Porta Magenta .

Via Revere, adjacent to Parco Sempione contains a number of particularly important Liberty style buildings, such as Casa Donzelli.

In addition, on the Cimitero Monumentale there are some beautiful Liberty style mortuary monuments to be admired and the architecture of the massive Stazione Centrale is in fact a mixture of Liberty and fascist style of building.

An even more extended list of Liberty style architecture is available at the ArteLiberty website. See also this Youtube video.

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