Even though the influence of Art Nouveau came later in our town, in comparison to the bigger cities, it’s possible to recognise the typical and simple expressive forms with precise recurring motifs like the turrets, the frescos and the majolica with floral decorations.
The major cluster of exemplar cottages is located in Colombo Avenue (Viale Colombo) and was built around 1890. Recently restored and re-arranged, the pavement of this avenue is made of porphyry stone and Carrara white marble and is linked to the new Kursaal Square, paved in travertine and adorned by a street level fountain, a pine wood and palm trees facing the beach.
The peculiar “Phoenix Canariensis” palms were implanted during the first years of the 20th century and characterize the whole Adriatic Riviera.
Other examples of the Art Nouveau style in Grottammare are placed inland, as the Matricardi-Cola Cottage, which was designed by the architect and engineer Cesare Bazzani (1879-1939) for Giuseppe Maria Matricardi in 1913.
Translated by Raissa Baroni