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Galileo Chini

Galileo Chini’s artistic production embraces oil-painting, frescoes and decorations on terracotta.


galileo chiniGalileo Chini - The artist
Galileo Chini’s artistic production embraces oil-painting, frescoes and decorations on terracotta.
He is the author of prestigious decorations in Montecatini, Pistoia, Florence, Arezzo, Salsomaggiore, Viareggio and Bankok. His style is grandiloquent and measured at the same time, between neo-Renaissance Symbolism, Decadentism and Art Deco. Chini, together with other artists, has given Montecatini a noble unmistakable formal style, which brings Montecatini into line with famous historical spas all over Europe and the rest of the world.

Galileo Chini – Protagonist of the world scene
Galileo Chini is one of the most important protagonists of the period between the nineteenth and twentieth century. His works are remarkable. When in 1910 he was commissioned to paint the Prah-ti-Nam, the luxurious throne room in Bankok, he was already at the top of his brilliant career. Indeed, the Siamese emperor wanted “the most famous fresco painter of the time” to carry out this work, which had to represent the most relevant events of his dynasty.

Galileo Chini - BankokGalileo Chini – The artist’s life in Versilia
Chini bought a pine wood in Lido di Camaiore, and there, in 1915, he built the “holiday home” that he had so many times painted. He designed the furniture and only later, during the twenties, he frescoed the walls of the dining room and the drawing room with natural, marine, and oriental patterns – street-lamps, peach tree branches, herons – also reproduced in the frescoes of the Grand Hotel de Thermes in Salsomaggiore.
Today Chini’s house is a Hotel, but its atmosphere is still the same.

BIOGRAPHY
Galileo CHINI , famous italian painter and cheramist, was born in Florence on December 2nd 1873 and died on August 23 rd 1956
As his father died when he was 13, he began to work with his uncle who was a decorator and restorator.He attended evening lessons at a school of art, and in 1896, he funded "The Art of Ceramics" (later called "Factory Fornaci S.Lorenzo), a small factory where he created beautiful objects & thanks to them he introduced the Liberty style in Italy.
As a painter he took part at the"Biennale di Venezia" from 1901 till 1936. He worked, as a stage-designer,with Sem BENELLI and Giacomo PUCCINI .
This cooperation brought to the creation of the scenes for "Gianni SCHICCHI "and "TURANDOT" .
In 1911 he was in Bangkok to decorate Siam King's palace.

Galileo Chini - TiphonHe remained there till 1913: it was a triumph! Back in Italy, he taught at the "Accademia di Belle Arti"in Florence. Some of his beautiful works of Art can be found at the Modern Art Gallery in Rome, at the Uffizi in Florence and at the Modern Art Gallery in Palazzo Pitti.

During the last years of his life, he lived mainly in Versilia, in Fossa Dell'Abate ( today Lido Di Camaiore ) where he had a beautiful villa (built in the Liberty style), which is now the "Club I Pini Hotel where you can still find some of his paintings and works of art. The hotel,
which is 200 mt. far from the beach, is in the centre of Lido Di Camaiore (between Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi).

You may never have heard of a Florentine called Galileo Chini, nor seen any of his works, but you have witnessed the effects of his talent all over the country. In the early part of this century, Chini was largely responsible for introducing the art nouveau style into Italy (where it is usually referred to as "Liberty"). He founded a ceramics factory that created colorful objects which soon made their way into thousands of homes, he painted canvases that were hung in museums ranging from the Uffizi to Rome's Modern Art Gallery, and he designed sets for his close friend Puccini. Chini's stage designs for Turandot are the epitome of the Liberty style; perhaps because of them he was asked to fresco the Royal Palace of the King of Siam. Chini lived in the Orient for two years. When he returned to Italy he built a vacation retreat in Versilia and called it Villa Chini. Its large sunny rooms, delightful ornamentation and century-old park were the height of luxury. 


Camaiore: discover the surroundings

  • The Via Francigena from Lucca to Versilia The Via Francigena from Lucca to Versilia
    In the Middle Ages the Via Francigena was the main route for pilgrims heading for Rome, the Holy See; it also became an extremely important channel of cultural exchange and trade.
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  • Camaiore Camaiore
    Camaiore is a city-states with more than 30.000 inhabitants; this area comprehends the territory from the Apuan Alps to the Tyrrhenian in the heart of a charming neighborhood rich of traditions: Versilia.
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  • Pietrasanta Pietrasanta (6 km)
    Pietrasanta centre owes its origins and its name to the Podesta Guiscardo Pietrasanta, who had it built by orders of the republic towards the middle of the XIII century.
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  • Monte Corchia cave Monte Corchia cave (6 km)
    The Monte Corchia cave system in the Apuan Alps regional park is the largest cave system in Italy and one of the biggest in Europe.
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  • Massarosa Massarosa (8 km)
    Massarosa territory extended between the extreme slopes of the Apuane Alps and the Versilia coasts
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  • Apuane park Apuane park (9 km)
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  • Seravezza Seravezza (9 km)
    Seravezza called Sala Vetitia in a document of the X century, Sala Vecchia in the Lucca Annals of Tolomeo and Seravetitia in certain papers of 1368 and 1375, was originally the dominion the Lords of Corvaia and Vallecchia.
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  • Versilia Coast Versilia Coast (11 km)
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  • Versilia By Bike Versilia By Bike (11 km)
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  • Forte dei Marmi Forte dei Marmi (11 km)
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  • Montignoso Montignoso (13 km)
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  • Aghinolfi castle Aghinolfi castle (13 km)
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  • Porta lake Porta lake (13 km)
    The protected area of the Porta lake, a heaven faunistico managed from the WWF and from League Environment, is where the place to make a relaxant walk.
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  • Wind Coves Wind Coves (14 km)
    Grotta del Vento is situated in the province of Lucca, in one of the wildest parts of the Apuan Alps regional park.
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  • Massa Massa (17 km)
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  • Malaspina Castle Massa Malaspina Castle Massa (17 km)
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Accommodations in the area


    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 2 km from Camaiore

    Countryhouse Camaiore 16 beds pool

    Ancient and charming country house located in Camaiore on the Tuscan hills and just 10 km from the sea of Versilia.
    The villa is the ideal solution for those looking for a solution of typical Tuscan charm and in a position of absolute tranquility and relaxation.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 2 km from Camaiore

    Villa Camaiore Hills 7 beds pool

    Wonderful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery, tranquility and privacy of the Pieve di Camaiore about 10 km from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa has all the comforts necessary to ensure an unforgettable stay in Tuscany and is the ideal solution for small groups up to 7 people who want to stay in the countryside but not far from the sea of Versilia.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 2 km from Camaiore

    Restored Farmhouse Camaiore 9 beds pool

    Beautiful fully restored farmhouse located on the hills of Camaiore. The villa is surrounded by a park of 2500 square meters in which is inserted the beautiful pool.
    Thanks to the dominant position on the valley from the farmhouse you can enjoy a beautiful 360 ° panoramic view.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 2 km from Camaiore

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Villa located 3 km from the center of Camaiore in a quiet and sunny position 10 km from Tuscan sea.
    Ideal for those looking for a villa accommodation on the hills of Versilia a few miles from Tuscan sea.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 2 km from Camaiore

    Villa Prato di Sopra Camaiore 10 beds pool

    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.
    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 2 km from Camaiore

    Villa Pieve di Camaiore 8 beds pool

    Luxury and charming villa with swimming pool for rent surrounded by the green hills of Camaiore not far from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa is ideal for those looking for an oasis of absolute peace and relaxation guaranteed by the elevated position and the external fence in style.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 2 km from Camaiore

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Prestigious villa for rent on the Hills of Camaiore with a unique position and a panoramic view that extends from the surrounding hills to the sea of Versilia.
    The large park in which the beautiful panoramic pool is expertly set gives this exclusive residence a characteristic of absolute privacy and relaxation.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 3 km from Camaiore

    Villa Camaiore Hills 6 beds pool

    Charming villa for rent on the hills of Camaiore surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean vegetation with three rooms for a total of 6 beds.
    The spectacular view of the surrounding hills and Camaiore from the garden and the swimming pool make this villa particularly interesting for those looking for a solution to relax in absolute privacy.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 3 km from Camaiore

    Farmhouse Camaiore 10 beds pool

    Beautiful farmhouse in typical Tuscan style, carefully restored, set in the green hills of Tuscany, surrounded by olive trees and a large garden where the beautiful swimming pool is located.
    The ideal solution to spend your holidays in the green Tuscan hills in a location of absolute privacy and relaxation. The sea of the Tuscan coast is about 10 km away. Inside the villa there is a small spa.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 3 km from Camaiore

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Amazing villa in rustic Tuscan style located on the hills of Versilia with a large park with swimming pool.
    Thanks to its elevated position you can enjoy a fantastic view that sweeps up to the sea of Versilia.

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    • Pietrasanta (Lucca)
    • 4 km from Camaiore

    Villa Clementina

    Beautiful villa of charm in Pietrasanta with pool surrounded by a 2000 m garden. q. with Jacuzzi, about 6 km from Marina di Pietrasanta and 1 Km from the center of Pietrasanta in a position of absolute privacy and relaxation.
    Customers especially appreciate the privacy and location of this beautiful villa on the hills of Versilia, only 6 km from the sea

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 4 km from Camaiore

    Villa Massarosa 10 beds pool

    Beautiful and spacious villa in the countryside located in the hills of Versilia, 3 km from the golden beaches of the Tuscan coast with private pool and park.
    Perfect solution to stay in the green hills of Tuscany, 3 km from the golden beaches of Versilia

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 6 km from Camaiore

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

    Beautiful ancient Tuscan farmhouse completely renovated located on Tuscan hills 10 km from the golf course of Versilia. The villa can accommodate up to 14 people.
    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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    • Pietrasanta (Lucca)
    • 6 km from Camaiore

    Restored Rustic Pietrasanta 10 beds pool

    Beautiful restored rustic to rent from an old mill of the sixteenth century, ready to welcome you in its 4 luxurious suites equipped with every comfort.
    The farmhouse for rent in Pietrasanta is located in the heart of the Tuscan hills just two kilometers from Pietrsanta and has a large garden, swimming pool and tennis court.

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    • Pietrasanta (Lucca)
    • 6 km from Camaiore

    Luxury Villa Pietrasanta 10 beds pool

    Beautiful luxury villa located in Pietrasanta with a large equipped garden and swimming pool with the possibility to stay up to 10 people.
    The property is located within a large olive grove in an extremely quiet and absolute privacy just 4 km from the coast of Versilia.

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