The best way to admire elegant iron volutes, polychrome stained-glass windows and floral stuccoes is walking around Chiara and Vomero neighborhoods. In these areas is possible to discover a small treasure made of early '900 buildings.
Art Nouveau (stile Liberty) in Chiaia
The Chiaia district's walk may begin at n. 33 of Rampe Brancaccio. Here is the Velardi building. With its stuccoes in a pale salmon pink and a peculiar angular small tower, this 1906 edifice is considered the first example of Neapolitan Art Nouveau (Liberty) . Soon after there is a staircase leading down to n. 36 of the elegant Via Filangieri, running along the side of Mannajuolo building.
The wide, unusual curved front is lightened by the presence of large windows, while peeking inside you can admire a wonderful elliptical staircase.
Going further on Via Filangieri, in a few minutes you'll reach Piazza Amedeo. Here, right where Via Del Parco Margherita begins, is a huge building preceded by a garden. It's Villa Maria, once known as Grand Hotel Heden, designed as a complement to the square. The front is a mix of both Art Nouveau and eclectic elements, in a vivid yellow color.
If you keep on walking on Via del Parco Margherita and the following Corso Vittorio Emanuele you'll often run into wrought iron canopies and buildings decorated with floral ornaments or exquisite slender columns. Two of the most beautiful are Villino Paradisiello, where art nouveau meets Neapolitan baroque, and Villino Adriana.
Art Nouveau (stile Liberty) in Vomero
Those who want to go to the Vomero hill, where many other buildings dating back to the golden age of Neapolitan Liberty can be found, may take Piazza Amedeo's cable car. In ten minutes you'll reach Via Cimarosa's station, just a few steps away from Piazza Fuga. Villa Haas closes the square on one side; it's a big eclectic palace with many liberty elements. The station is also located at the very beginning of via Luigia Sanfelice. This street, together with the adjacent via Palizzi, is basically an open air exposition of elegant edifices and small villas.
Secluded from the main shopping roads is the famous Santarella, a lovely building on whose front stands the writing here I laugh in memory of the renowned Neapolitan playwright Eduardo Scarpetta. The artist lived there for some time and the villa own its name to one of his works.
At n. 50 of Via Palizzi there's Villa Russo Ermolli, one of the most important example of Neapolitan Liberty. The geometric decorations and a fake white floor course stand out on gray stuccoes, which are the result of a recent renovation.
Several other wonderful buildings can be found on the quiet streets that climb on San Martino hill. Among the others we remember Via Tito Angelini, Via Bonito and Via Toma, where the amazing Villa Loreley is.
Last but not least, on Via Solimena n. 76 Marotta House stands out. Surrounded by less relevant architectures, it's noteworthy due to perfectly preserved golden stuccoes on a bright white background.
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