Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

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Rome: Architecture at the Time of Mussolini’s Fascism

1. Rome: Architecture at the Time of Mussolini’s Fascism

This unique bus and walking architecture tour will allow you to explore the obscure district of Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR). Originally chosen in the 1930s as the site for the 1942 World Fair, Mussolini's building project in Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) included an architectural style that was truly the first of its kind. Rational Architecture was defined by its modern, exaggerated and authoritarian structures using the same type of stone as the Colosseum.  Unfortunately, the onset of WW II prevented the World Fair from actually happening, but you can still see the architecture, now a symbol of this Fascist period of Italy. An undiscovered neighborhood with buildings so unique, they stand out from the rest of Rome. The first stop on this Rome architecture tour by bus will be Foro Italico (formerly Foro Mussolini), a massive sports complex located just north of the city center. Built between 1928 and 1939 and inspired by the Roman forums of the Imperial era, it is here that you can find the obelisk for Mussolini, Stadio dei Marmi (Stadium of the Marbles). Examine famous buildings and urban spaces such as the Bassorilievo Palazzo Uffici (the first building to be completed in this new district in 1939), Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Square Colosseum) synonymous with EUR and this period in general and Via Cristoforo Colombo, the street that links Ostia to the historic center. After discovering EUR, a neighborhood frozen in time and now the symbol of the dark past that was fascist Rome, it will be time to return to the city center so you can compare the two drastically different styles of architecture and periods of Rome's vast history. Now back to Rome city center, you will pass by Piazza Venezia (Altare della Patria) and Vittorio Emanuele II Monument - the central hub of the Eternal City. You will then pass by Palazzo Venezia, the balcony made famous for many of Mussolini’s speeches during WW II. Walk along Via dei Fori Imperiali, the road that runs from Piazza Venezia straight to the Colosseum. Wander amongst the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum as you make your way towards the most recognizable monument in all of Italy, and perhaps the world. The perfect way to end this architecture sightseeing tour in Rome, allowing you to travel through time.

Rome by Night Vespa Tour With Driver/Private Guide

2. Rome by Night Vespa Tour With Driver/Private Guide

Explore Rome under the romance of its evening illuminations on a 3-hour tour from the saddle of an iconic vintage Vespa moped. Meet your guide at your hotel, and set off to listen to the lullabies of the fountains and the whispers of the Roman statues. It’s when the sun begins to set that Rome puts on its finest costumes. Ride down enchanting streets, experiencing “La Dolce Vita,” and see sights such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Vatican City, and River Tiber. Each tour can be tailored to your precise specifications, so there’s no need to worry about lingering for too long at sites that don’t interest you. Your guide will narrate a fascinating history as you make several stops, including one to sip on a cup of strong Italian coffee, or sample a delicious gelato.

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What people are saying about Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 14 reviews

What can I say except my Vespa tour was honestly one of the best experiences of my life! Simone made the entire tour so magical by taking me to the most beautiful places in Rome. I was very apprehensive about what to expect at first, as I was travelling the city alone. But he made me feel safe the entire way around and was such a brilliant guide for the evening. Made me laugh a lot and it felt like I was travelling with a friend! He was so knowledgeable about Rome and I learnt a lot. Nothing felt rushed and he made sure I did everything I wanted to do and MORE! I will never forget this experience and I would recommend this tour to absolutely everyone.

An amazing experience! Fabrizio was a funny, entertaining and really great guide - as well as a great driver. I've always had this dream of owning and driving a Vespa, but since I don't have a driving licence, I booked this Vespa night experience to conclude my week long trip to Rome. It was just magical, and I really recommend it. Rome by night is amazing, and you cannot miss it!

All three of our guides were super nice and caring. They took their time to explain the history and significance of each place. I would book them again and again.

Fun trip on Vespa’s. Nice to see the many neighborhoods of Rome that are not the big tourist attractions. Good info from guide and very accomodating

Great!!!! Definitely a must do!!!! Mike Henry and his group are THE BEST!!!!