Palazzo della Civilta Italiana

Palazzo della Civilta Italiana

Palazzo della Civilta Italiana
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Jul 2022
After Stadio Marmio this was one of the far-flung places I wanted to see in Rome.
On my second day there I took the 25 metro ride out to EUR Palasport, so I could walk up Viale della Civiltà del Lavoro and see the Palazzo looming ahead.
Once there, I took a few shots from outside, then ventured through the gates, I managed to get a couple more shots before a security guard told me that it was closed to the public that day, but it was open the next day....I took a few more shots from the outside, around the fence, then made my way to EUR Magliana to journey back into Rome.
The next day, the same journey, although I got off at EUR Magliana this time, and the same thing happened. I was told it was always closed to the public, I protested, saying I had been told to return as it would be open, I was met with a disinterested shrug - the sort the Italians do so well.
I got some decent pictures from outside, and through, the fence, but that didn't dampen my frustration and disappointment.
Written July 17, 2022
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midway42
Georgia3,107 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Solo
Although Benito Mussolini probably needs no introduction to the average reader, the EUR District in Rome and the 1942 World’s Fair probably do. The latter was supposed to be a “celebration” of twenty years of fascism, and the former (EUR stand for Universal Exposition Rome and not the continent) a residential and business district that was supposed to be the showcase of the event. EUR’s signature building is almost certainly the Palazzo della Civita Italiana (colloquially known as the Square Colosseum), inaugurated in 1940 and sprinkled with the appropriate authoritative/commanding statues. Today it is somewhat incongruously the headquarters of the Italian fashion house Fendi.

I visited the building as part of a tour of the fascist era, after seeing the Foro Italico and adjoining obelisk (see separate review). It is located on the outskirts of Rome and requires a taxi or the metro to access. The building is intimidating enough and clearly the focal point of the area; we headed there immediately on arrival and walked around it for maybe ten minutes, appreciating the views and architecture that my guide explained in brief detail. There was no entry allowed.

This was overall a somewhat lackluster visit if you view the building individually; it is best visited in the context of the surrounding area with a tour incorporating the neighborhood in its entirety. A recommended stop perhaps for aficionados of the time period only; others may want to put this on their second-tier of sites.
Written April 5, 2023
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,087 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Friends
This Palazzo is better known as “The Square Colosseum”. There are 216 arches lining the palazzo. In 2015, the fashion house Fendi moved its headquarters into the Palazzo della Civilta Italiana. The 75-year-old building was never occupied prior to Fendi’s arrival! Fendi has been in Rome since its founding in 1925. The have a wonderful exhibition area on the first floor which has changing exhibitions. When we were there, we were able to see the movie studio, plush theater, employee café, and a special exhibit of Fendi clothing and accessories used in the movies. Speaking of movies, Fendi shows a different movie each night at 9 pm, and the public is invited to come free of charge. Not a bad deal!
Written June 27, 2018
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Trvlr_USUK
London, UK162 contributions
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Mar 2018 • Friends
Need a break from Roman ruins? Then take a short metro ride to one of the EUR stops and check out a very architecturally modern piece of Rome. This is also Fendi's HQ and we got to go inside to see a 'Fendi Studios' exhibit for free. It's as beautiful inside as outside. A walk up Via Cristoforo Columbo is also worth it.
Written April 25, 2018
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italy2,676 contributions
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Nov 2017 • Friends
This building is awesome.
We could visit the Fendi exhibition about fur coats worn in important movies. Great fun and free. On specific spots they took pictures of you with an instant camera, if you like, and it's a present. So nice.
Written November 15, 2017
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Lake29
Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand81 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Solo
Easy to get to....metro stop EUR Magliana. Building can be seen as you leave the train station.
The free presentation is hands on artisans demonstrating how Fendi make their product. Shoes, handbags, clothes, furniture and watches. You can ask as many questions as you want. It was welcoming, interesting, informative and us highly recommended as a different Rome experience.
The building is impressive. Worth seeing.
Written October 24, 2018
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Jill M
Christchurch, New Zealand16 contributions
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May 2017 • Couples
My father was very impressed with this unfinished building when he was here with the Allies late in World War 2 so I was keen to see it. The design and the extraordinary high ceilings, as well as the extensive use of marble are indeed impressive. An excellent exhibition by a leading Italian sculptor was challenging and really added to our enjoyment.
Written May 28, 2017
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy30,218 contributions
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Oct 2016 • Friends
The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also known as the Colosseo Quadrate ('Square Colosseum"), is an icon of Fascist architecture and one of Rome's most recognizable modern landmarks. It was built (like much of the area, called EUR for the Esposizione Universale Roma) for the 1942 World Fair, which never happened due to WWII. For years it sat empty and neglected, but recently the fashion house Fendi leased it, restored it, and now uses it as its headquarters. The striking while marble building, with its many arches, now looks great!

Fendi has set aside part of the ground floor for an exhibition space (so far, entrance has been free). As of October 2016, the exhibition was on Fendi's innovations in using fur in their line of clothing and accessories called the Artisans of Dreams. While definitely not for someone with anti-fur feelings, surprisingly, the exhibition is really interesting, as to the techniques to give fur many colors and textures, and how fur is used in imaginative and unexpected ways. You can sit on a giant fur bench while watching the introduction video, then you go through a freaky mirrored room filled with colorful and fun fur critters (and mini Karl Lagerfelds) that are apparently furry purse accessories. Then you can see an artisan at work using fur, and view some of Fendi's fur creations. After that, you walk through a "sensory experience" that is, for lack of a better description, a car wash (no water) made of mink. Both weird and wonderful. The exhibition made me appreciate the artistry and creativity of the Fendi artists.
Written October 16, 2016
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c c
Sheffield, UK75 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Friends
The architecture is brilliant - but the treat for us was the the new owners Fendi- had created a display on the ground floor of their work. Now i am seriously not into fashion, but this did blow me away.
Written August 20, 2016
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notb4mybeer
Province of Naples, Italy170 contributions
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Apr 2016
Anyone into history or architecture who has some extra time to get away from Rome's center should stop by here. You can walk the entire palazzo in about 30 minutes and see some very interesting buildings from a troubled period of time in Italian history. The "square coloseum" is fenced off so I couldnt get as close as I would have liked for photography. Still, a nice side trip to see something most visitors to Rome never see.
Written April 16, 2016
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