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Villa Bernasconi, a plunge into Art Nouveau

A Liberty Experience

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Where is


Largo Alfredo Campanini, 2, 22012 Cernobbio CO, Italia (207m s.l.m.)


What it is and where it is

Bas-reliefs, wrought iron, stained glass and plays of light. Soft, clean and elegant lines stand side by side with decorative agglomerations teeming with life. The architecture of this building, in fact, is enriched with depictions of the life of the silkworm and the mulberry tree. A decidedly atypical theme, but one that is explained by the villa's history and its location: we find ourselves in the silk citadel of Cernobbio, that is, the district that concentrated the infrastructure of the Tessiture Seriche Bernasconi. And it is precisely the Bernasconi family that enjoyed the luxury of this beautiful, fashionable house.

Why it is special

Villa Bernasconi is undoubtedly one of the best examples of Lombard Art Nouveau. Added to this is a special way to visit it: thanks to a thorough restoration and a careful and innovative project financed by public and private entities, the house is in fact a museum of itself. The interior has been enriched with period furniture and objects, but above all with multimedia elements that allow the visitor to live inside just as if Mr. Bernasconi had invited him to sit down and make himself at home.

Not to be missed

The project that has taken shape inside this building aims to make Art Nouveau accessible for everyone. That is why, in addition to the innovative visitor experience, you can also enjoy temporary exhibitions, sensory experiences, workshops and laboratories. There are so many possibilities that the only way to get bored in here is to deliberately decide to do so. And even then, I'm not sure you would be able to achieve the goal, too many temptations!

A bit of history

It is no accident that I called it a fashionable house. Built between 1905 and 1906 and designed by architect Antonio Campanini, it was equipped from the beginning with electricity and water services. Avant-garde for the time, which, together with the richness of its architectural and decorative layout, made it a true status symbol. It remained the property of the Bernasconi family until 1955. In 1989 it became the property of the Municipality of Cernobbio. Between 2005 and 2013 a thorough restoration took place. November 26, 2017 marked the official reopening with the Liberty Tutti project and the innovative museum that we can visit today.

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Alessandra Lana

I think I would never leave the house again if I lived in such a mansion. Maybe I would go to the garden, just to enjoy the outside as well, but no further. It would be a daydream!


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