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Il Padigliogne

47011 Castrocaro Terme FC, Italy
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Made in Art Deco heaven! Castrocaro Terme  Italy

Made in Art Deco heaven!

The spa town of Castrocaro Terme has been known for its salty, sulphuric waters since the Romans. It is still a Mecca for "taking the waters", but with a big dose of Art Deco thrown in.

In the mid-1930s, top architects and designers were brought in to build a grand spa hotel for Benito Mussolini. Today, the superbly maintained hotel is as grand as ever, offering fine dining, a comfortable stay and spa treatments for its guests.

The jewel of the place is Il Padiglione, the Party Pavilion, inspired by structures built for spa towns in the 18th century. The pavilion's public spaces have been restored and are used for parties and seminars.

Il Padiglione features over-the-top design from Fascist designer Tito Chino. The building is on the grounds of the Grand Hotel di Terme, and is is not always open. But if you have an opportunity to visit the pavilion, take it-- and marvel, at both the workmanship and straightforward propaganda from a bygone era.