This summer has an important date, the 12th of june…
The Roman neighbourhood of EUR,Â in the direction ofÂ the sea from the city center, was redesignedÂ in the late 1930’s to be the venue of theÂ Universal Exhibition of RomeÂ inÂ 1942. TheÂ event actually never took place, because in the meantime the World War II had broken out. In fact, even theÂ new layout ofÂ EUR was only completed after the war.
The layout and architecture of EUR represent typically the architectural ideology of the fascist movement, being based on ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman models of aÂ city layout.Some of the finest and most typical architectural wonders of EUR are the Palazzo dei Congressi (the Congress Building),the church of theÂ Roman patron saints, Saint Peter and Paul (San Pietro e Paolo)Â
and of course the very symbol of EUR or maybe even of the 20th century Italian architecture in general:Â theÂ Palazzo della CiviltÃ Italiana (that is, the “Building of the Italian Civilisation”)Â theÂ with its huge, squareÂ mass lightened by the rows of arches upon arches…
All these massive stone buildings might appear too heavy if it weren’t for the parks,Â broad and spacious street layout and big squares, such as the United Nations Square. In the nieghbourhood you can also visit several museums, for example the Museum of Roman Civilization on Via dell’Architettura.
If you’re visiting Rome and have at least a few days available, EUR is definitely not to be missed – after seeing all the ancient monuments of the historical center, comparing them with the achievements of fellow architechts of the same people, just created 2000 millenniums later, can open you a whole new view on it all! Besides, getting toEUR couldn’t be easier: just take the metro line B at Termini and get off at one of the 3 stations in EUR: Palasport, Fermi or Laurentina. For accomodation, you may be more comfortably off in the centre of the city, try this: Hotels in Rome