Second to the Porta Venezia district, another area of Milan where many examples of Liberty can be admired is Porta Vittoria, so let's set off for a ride to discover the second stage of our itinerary.

Casa Piccinelli

We start off from Piazza V Giornate and turn left onto Viale Premuda, then right on Via Marconi, left on Via Fiamma and then left again on Via Archimede. At via Archimede 41 we can pause to admire the façade of Casa Piccinelli designed by Giuseppe Sommaruga, one of the greatest exponents of Italian Liberty: the upper part of the façade features a stone plinth and a moulded decorative band with floral motifs. The elegant windows, all of equal size, are framed with a slim subtle pediment.

Casa Frisia

We continue along Via Pietro Calvi and turn left onto via Marcona and then via Gaetano Fiamma.

Casa Frisia is at n. 37. Built in the early twentieth century, the four-storey building is an interesting example of Milanese Liberty; the façade with its floral decoration, entrance hall and stairwell are of particular interest. The lower part of the building has vast horizontal bands of massive grey cement blocks.

 

Palazzina Liberty

We continue along Via Macedonio Melloni, turn right on Via Mameli, left onto Corso XXII Marzo, right onto Via Cadore and on our left we see Largo Marinai d’Italia where we conclude the tour at Palazzina Liberty, the grand Art Nouveau edifice located centrally in the Parco Vittorio Formentano. The ornate choice of ceramics for the decorative frieze depicting female figures and fruit that crowns the upper part of the building is decidedly Liberty; the concrete decorations of the pillars and mouldings throughout the edifice are more classical. The palazzo has changed use over the centuries; it was designed in 1908 by the architect Alberto Migliorini and was originally a café-restaurant inside the Verziere fruit and vegetable market, a meeting point for the various negotiations between traders in Milan until 1965 when it was moved to Via Lombroso.