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Ex Casa del Fascio

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Ex Casa del Fascio

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Swap the hustle and bustle of Milan for a luxurious day trip to Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna. Avoid the hassle of planning car rental, and travel on air-conditioned coach instead. The trip includes a walking tour in Como, a visit to the majestic Villa Olmo, a private boat tour to Bellagio, and free time to explore scenic Varenna.
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garyp281 wrote a review Jan 2020
New York City, New York162 contributions97 helpful votes
My third visit to Como over many years: I come to see the Casa del Fascio, built by the Architect Terragni during the fascist years before WWII. It's perfection in its mathematical proportions, and hasn't aged since being built. For Architecture buffs, this is a place of pilgrimage!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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AlbertSalichs wrote a review Jun 2019
Manresa, Spain8075 contributions867 helpful votes
Excasa del Fascio is a house built in 30s of the 20th Century, in a rationalist style and it is located in Como (near the Cathedral), the main town of Lago di Como, in the lakes region, in the North part of Italy. In fact, it is a curious and modern building, which pitifully was built to fascist government of Mussolini. After the 2nd World War it has been used to some activities and now it is used by Guardia di Finanza.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Maplehawk wrote a review May 2018
Calgary, Canada387 contributions121 helpful votes
Go have a look. We only walked around the exterior. Marvel at the foresight and the attention to detail.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Russell N wrote a review Aug 2017
Jersey, United Kingdom466 contributions286 helpful votes
Given the abundance of really, really old architecture in Italy, sometimes it's nice to visit something a little more recent. The Pre WW2 Rationalist style may not be to everyone's taste but it is part of Italian history so worth a look.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Gareth P wrote a review Jul 2017
Croydon, United Kingdom84 contributions42 helpful votes
I don't believe many people come to Como just for the Volta museum, even though the physicist, the inventor of the electrical battery and arguably Como's most illustrious citizen was born in the town. Equally, there can't be too many people who come specifically for the rationalist architecture, apart from architects. Giuseppe Terragni was born in Como and produced some of the most inspiring modernist buildings; the Palazzo Terragni (completed 1936), formerly known as the Casa del Fascio (the Fascist Party headquarters) is not only regarded as the architect's best work, but is internationally renowned and cited by many as a key architectural reference. I'm only an enthusiastic amateur but despite my love of modernism, I am conflicted by the architect aligning himself with Mussolini's fascists. It seems odd to me that Terragni, foremost exponent of a branch of his art in which architecture is considered a science that can be comprehended rationally, should consciously side with the fascists, as they espoused an irrational authoritarian nationalism. However, I don't believe a building can be 'fascist' and from a purely aesthetic point of view, the Palazzo Terragni ticks all the right boxes. Sitting opposite Como's cathedral with its own piazza (the Piazza del Popolo), the length of the façade is exactly twice the height and there is a pleasing balance of full and empty spaces. The white stone cladding and the dimensions of the horizontal and vertical lines not only give the building a modern appearance but also seem to give it a lightness; it looks like a modern villa and the side and back elevations are equally interesting. It's one building in Como's 'Rationalist trail' which takes in the war memorial (Monumento ai Caduti, Monument to the Fallen, 1933), Giuseppe Sinigaglia stadium (1927) and the rather splendid Novocomum (1929) which hosts a study centre for Terragni (in association with the University of Milan) and is undergoing conservation to return the ground floor offices to their original state. If you go to see the Terragni Palace, you need to spend more time visiting the Novocomum, both are important buildings
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Date of experience: April 2017
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