Art Nouveau door of the Villa Melchiorri

I found this photo on Pinterest, captioned as an “Art Nouveau door in Paris”. Art Nouveau yes, Paris, no. A few pages of scrolling through my Google reverse image search leads me to a villa in Ferrara, which is said to be a highly underrated city far less visited than Florence, (but just as fabulous).

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Villa Melchiorri is the masterpiece Art Nouveau darling of Ferrrara, Italy,which was inaugurated on July 30, 1904.It was built by the italian architect Ciro Contini (1873|1952) as a symbolic reference to the profession of its client, the popular flower-grower Ferdinando Melchiorre, who according to some literature opened a flower shop there. Arrigo Minerbi ( Ferrara 1881- Padova 1960 ) are the floral decorations carved in cement, which resemble those of the bolognese architect Sironi.

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Worthy of note is also the famous railing of Villa Melchiorri made by Augusto de Paoli, dominated at the top by sinuous sunflowers:elements ideals of the creation of a city-garden.

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More history on the villa Italia Liberty (be sure to hit the translate button).

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