Are you planning a trip to Rome and would like to visit the main tourist sites including the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain? Well, LocalNomad has decided to think a little outside the box and has found a district for you to discover, which is unusual and full of history. It is the Esposizione Universale di Roma district in Rome.
Esposizione Universale di Roma in Rome, more commonly called the EUR, is a district located on the outskirts of Rome and is currently home to more than 10,000 inhabitants. Built from the second half of the 1930s, it aimed to be a representation of fascist era architecture. It was originally built to host the 1942 World Fair which was later cancelled due to the Second World War. In fact, Mussolini launched an ambitious project to build a monumental new city within Rome with this impressive and futuristic district representing the imperialist and fascist image of Rome.
If you visit the Esposizione Universale di Roma district, you will discover fascist architecture inspired by neoclassicism combined with references to Ancient Rome and futuristic lines of the time. This unusual district boasts some magnificent buildings with the Palace of Italian Civilization and Work, by far the most impressive. The building also goes by the name of the Square Colosseum, comprising one of the most iconic examples of fascist Rome, built between 1938 and 1940. Designed in the style of simplified neoclassicism, the Square Colosseum consists of a gigantic white cube with 126 arches, inspired by the famous Colosseum in Rome, capturing its famous architecture characterized by rows of arches. In addition, below each of the 28 arches on the ground floor, you will find a statue representing arts and crafts.
You will also find the Palazzi dei Congressi (Rome Convention Centre) there, built by Adalberto Libera, recognised pioneer in Italian modern and fascist architecture. It comprises a beautiful building featuring a huge reception room big enough to house the Pantheon in Rome, as well as a small conference room and service areas. This 38-metre square cube has a dome attached by a metal structure. Furthermore, the main façade of this simplified building has a huge colonnade and the rough concrete is covered with traditional Carrara marble.
During the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, the Palazzo dello Sport in the Esposizione Universale di Roma, hosted the basketball tournaments. It was designed by architect Pierluigi Nervi and today is known as the PalaLottomatica. This enormous stadium has an 11,200 person seating-capacity and even boasts an outdoor terrace. The dome measures 95 metres in diameter and it comprises one of the masterpieces of Italian rationalism architecture.
To conclude, the Esposizione Universale di Roma district in Rome is a business district on the outskirts of the Italian capital, halfway between Rome and the city of Ostia. It is a very different district to what you will find in Rome. It is very orderly and filled with amazing monuments. If you would like to discover this unusual and impressive district in Rome, like a city within a city, then make sure you book now with Localnomad. We have some great fully-furnished apartments and villas in Rome, guaranteeing a comfortable stay during your time in the Eternal City.