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Trekking & Hiking – 2. Discovering the Liberty-Decò style


Trekking & Hiking – 2. Discovering the Liberty-Decò style

Low difficulty road path. The walk by way of the most important Liberty style monuments is a thematic and evocative route that reveals valuable glimpses and enchants for its rare beauties. Walking time: 2h and 30 min.

  • 2 km


    2h e 30'


    Ideal for Families
  • DifficultyLow
  • Difference in altitude13 m
  • Minimum height155 m
  • Maximum height168 m
  • Road surfaceAsphalt
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1 Berzieri Spa
2 Scotti Well
3 Warowland Building
4 Mazzini Park
5 Railway Station
6 Zoja Spa
7 Corazza Park
8 Conference Centre

The walk leads through the streets of the old town of Salsomaggiore Terme, discovering the Art Nouveau style, which connotages with valuable examples of the spa town. The start of the tour is Piazza Lorenzo Berzieri. In front of the majestic building of the Baths is the Scotti Well, an old artesian well of salsobromoiodic water whose cage is made of wrought iron with weaves of branches and leaves, an obvious and interesting example of Liberty style. Opposite is the noble Palazzo Liberty of the Lorenzo Berzieri Baths dating back to 1923. The imposing Palazzo is one of the most complex and interesting buildings in the spa, a symbol of European thermalism and the city of Salsomaggiore Terme, a unique example of Art Decò spa. The Florentine painter and decorator Galileo Chini oversaw the decorative apparatus of this building, in which obvious elements of Eastern culture emerge. The Liberty building is listed in the Cultural Heritage of Emilia Romagna and inside you can visit an exhibition of artistic ceramics produced by the Chini Fornaci of Borgo San Lorenzo (Florence), used for the decorations of the building. Next to the Berzieri Baths is the Warowland Gallery, in the neo-medieval style, built in 1914 by the architect Orsino Bongi. The client, Count Ladislao Tyszkiewicz, who lives in Milan where he already ran a thriving modern art gallery, was based in a prestigious branch; today the gallery hosts the I.A.T. - Tourist Welcome Information of the City. Leaving Berzieri Square, we continue in the direction of Parco Mazzini (1913), a historic urban park that is one of the Cultural Heritage of Emilia Romagna. In the past, the park was known as "Queen Margaret Park" in homage to Margherita of Savoy, who was often a guest at Salsomaggiore Terme. The green area retains a typical Italian garden, a pond and many trees dating back to the first plant in the park. A botanical path "The Queen's Trees" leads to the discovery of the most significant plants. The original design of the park was developed in 1912 by the architect Giuseppe Roda, heir to the famous dynasty of Turin landscapers, who for the realization was inspired by the typical canons of the Liberty period. The route continues with a visit to the historic building of the Railway Station (1935) in white and pink travertine. Designed by the engineer Cervi on the model, in a reduced version, of the Central Station of Milan. The station has remarkable arched windows, which adorn both the facade facing the square and the one facing the tracks. Very interesting is the large window vault of the atrium, in the Style of Deco, and the five-mouthed fountain, on the platform of the tracks that, along with other decorative details, takes up the theme of water. Going up the avenue in Mazzini Park, you will meet the Luigi Zoja Baths of modern imprint and the Corazza Park with the Statue of the Witch. The last stop of the tour is the Palace of Congress climbing the avenue Romagnosi. The Palace was known as the Grand Hotel des Thèrmes (1901). The historic building was born as an imposing luxury hotel. The management of the hotel was initially entrusted to two well-known hotel entrepreneurs: Cesare Ritz and Baron Pfyffer, former owners of prestigious hotelies in various European worldly locations, an element that played an important role in attracting an elite clientele of international level. After the First World War, the building was expanded with the construction of a new body, intended to accommodate the Moresco Hall, the Red Tavern and the Loggia. In this part of the building Ugo Giusti and the Florentine artist Galileo Chini intervened, the latter is due to the pictorial decorations of the interior rooms, inspired by the Moorish style and the remake of the dome of the Hall of The Cariatides.

Crossed locations
  • 1  Berzieri Spa
  • 2  Scotti Well
  • 3  Warowland Building
  • 4  Mazzini Park
  • 5  Railway Station
  • 6  Zoja Spa
  • 7  Corazza Park
  • 8  Conference Centre
Itinerary highlights

Liberty Building - Lorenzo Berzieri Thermal Spa

The Berzieri Palace is one of the most complex and fascinating building of the thermal city, landmark of the European thermalism and unique example of thermal Art Decò style. The liberty palace is counted in the Emilia Romagna Cultural Heritage.

Artistic Pottery by "Chini Furnaces" from Borgo San Lorenzo (Florence)

Thermal Decò style, the artisitic talent of Galileo Chini and the Berzieri Thermal Spa Palace of Salsomaggiore

Scotti Well Cage

The elegant Liberty Cage by Alessandro Mazzucottelli, wrought iron master.

Historic Building - Warowland Building

The wonderful neomedieval building which is nowadays seat of the Tourist Office.

Urban Historic Gardens - Mazzini Park

Cultural Heritage of Emilia Romagna

The Queen's Trees

The itinerary runs through the urban green area and enhances the rich arboreal heritage.

Modern Architecture - Railway Station

The railway station clad in pink and white travertine was an expression of artistic and urban movements typical of the 20th century. Designed by the engineer Cervi, who took his inspiration from Milan’s central station, the building was inaugurated in 1937.

Modern Architecture - Luigi Zoja Thermal Spa

The modern building important for its medicinal facilities was inaugurated in 1970.

Corazza Park and the Witch

Amongst the flowerbeds and the walkways of the Corazza Park you can admire the bronze copy of the Marzaroli’ sculpture “The Witch”

Historic Building - Conference Centre

The luxury hotel Grand Hotel des Thèrmes, known from more than 30 years as Congress Centre, is a splendid Liberty-Decò style building where you can breathe the charme of the Belle Epoque.

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