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In many parts of Italy, Art Nouveau architecture took its name from the London variety shop Arthur Lasemby Liberty, famous for its Far East memorabilia. If you find yourself in the capital looking for unexpected sights, where flamboyant artifacts hide between more classic shapes, read below for places you should not miss.
Widely remembered for being both one of the last artworks signed by Master Michelangelo Buonarroti and for having served as the background of the Capture of Rome (September 20, 1870) before the unification of the country, the Porta Pia area is less known for its extremely high industrial archeologic heritage value. Since the first decades of the 20th century until its dismantling in the 70s, this strategic area hosted a famous beer factory in its Liberty buildings, which today remain as witnesses of a past industrial glory.
Just a stone’s thrown away from the iconic Spanish Steps lies the Teatro Salone Margherita, whose flamboyant interiors welcomes one of the most sublime examples of a café chantant in Rome. A cultural space, indeed, it is also where the founder of the Futurist movement, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, presented a variety show inspired by those literary standards.