Villa Franceschi and the Art Nouveau Liberty Style Villas

Built in the first years of the 1900s as a seaside house, Villa Franceschi was restored in 1920 with the addition of a turret in the back area.

 

The simplicity of the architectural complex blends in perfectly with the refinement of exterior decorative details, iron and cast iron elements which give rhythm and simplicity to the façade, embellished with the semi hexagonal terrace and the turret overlooking the panorama. The villa is the seat of Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery and hosts paintings, sculptures, pictures, drawings and graphic drawings of the 1900s and temporary exhibitions.

In the downtown, above all in the area between viale Ceccarini and viale Battisti, precious examples of seaside architecture between the 1800s and the 1900s can be admired in the beautiful Liberty Style villas, precious evidences of the style of life and holidays of that period, which tell about the beginning of tourism in the town of Riccione. Along viale Milano at street no. 79, you can find Villa Antolini designed by the architect Vucetich in 1923. At the corner with via Baracca, there’s Villa Bella with its chromatic shades and decorations. Along viale Gramsci the façades of Hotel des Bains and Grand Hotel, which were inaugurated in 1908 and in 1928 respectively, stand out embellished with precious details. Not far from them the turret of Villa Martinelli Soleri, dating back to 1877, deserves a visit. Other places not to be missed are Pensione Florenza along viale Trento Trieste at street no. 26, which dates back to the first years of the 1900s, the elegant Hotel de la Ville of the 30s, situated in via Spalato; beyond the railway station you can find Villa Pullè, located in viale Diaz, while in viale Ceccarini two important places that cannot be missed are Villino Graziosi from 1932 and Villa Serafini from the 20s.

Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery Villa Franceschi

Via Gorizia 2 
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History...

The name (in local pronunciation Arcaton) comes from the Greek and Byzantine occupation dated back to the sixth century AD: "Archeion" is the name of a plant, the burr, which still grows spontaneously in some areas of the beach now occupied by the bathing establishments but which was once abundant on the desert shore of Riccione.

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