Modern Rome: The Third Rome

During this fascinating private tour in EUR and the Garbatella district, you’ll explore the Facist era architecture and history of 1930s Rome.


  • Learn about the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, the so-called Square Colosseum, an iconic example of Fascist architecture
  • Marvel at the immense 1930s-era Palazzo dei Congressi and find out the history of this important and historic building
  • See “La Nuvola,” the recently-completed New Congress Center, a fascinating ultramodern complex designed by award-winning architect Massimiliano Fuksas
  • Explore the Garbatella quarter and experience this early example of a “Garden City” planned community


Private Tour in EUR & Garbatella: Iconic Architecture

After Rome’s Imperial and Papal eras, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini referred to Fascism as the Terza Roma, or “Third Rome.” During this fascinating private tour in EUR, you’ll discover some of the iconic architecture that contributed to Mussolini’s vision, including the Palace of Italian Civilization and the Palace of the Congresses, both significant buildings during the period. Known as the “Square Colosseum” the Palace of Italian Civilization is iconic in its own right and has recently undergone restoration.

You’ll also be able to see the construction of architect Massimiliano Fuksas’ fascinating and newly-opened New Congress Center, also known as “The Cloud.” The massive undertaking provides us with an opportunity to discuss the positive aspects and pitfalls of creating new, cutting-edge architecture in such an historical city. By dissecting the architecture you will learn how the urban landscape of Rome has reflected its changing history. You’ll also visit the Garbatella district, a planned garden-like community built in the 1920s and ’30s. Exploring these wide variety of neighborhoods allows you to compare and contrast the vast array of architectural styles present in Rome. If you wish, you can end your tour with a visit to the nearby gourmet department store, Eataly.

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