Italy's entry was a reproduction of old Roman architecture, trimmed in stately balustrades and a magnificent  garden. Situated south of the Administration building, and opposite the Belgium pavilion, the one-story structure  fronted  International Avenue and was  90 by 150 feet.  The structure cost roughly  40,000 dollars.

Standing high above the garden level, the pavilion was reached by a broad flight of stairs. Standards crowned with bronzed Victories towered 100 feet on either side of the entrance.  A bronze-colored cresting ran around the building,  surrounding the lower
structures with a dash of red, being an imitation of terra cotta tiles.

The garden which stretched in front of the building was flanked on two sides by a 10-foot wall. The entrance to the pavilion was through a peristyle of beautiful Ionic columns. The walls and colonnade were elaborately treated with porcelain entablatures, and were broken at intervals with pylons which carried spouting fountains. The gardens were enriched by sculpture, rare flowers,  and all accessories  to present a scene most picturesque.

The pavilion  included original manuscripts by Vincenzo Bellini and letters from Giuseppe Verdi.

In the main hall visitors could see  portraits of the King and Queen of Italy, and  sculptures by Monteverde. The great electrical genius, Marconi, was  given recognition in the pavilion.

One salon sported a beautiful interior of   stained glass windows made in Milan. This was used for Italian concerts. Two small rooms, where the commissioners' offices were located connected with the salon.

Inside and out, the level of  staff work was so artistically executed that many people thought that all the sculptures were from the finest marble. 
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