Schools, sports and the Mussolini myth
In the imagination of Fascist Italy, Forlimpopoli was another significant town for the construction of the Mussolini myth, as the Fascist leader had spent various years there: first at primary school, then at a technical school (1895-1898) and finally at a secondary school, where he graduated in 1901.
Given this background, more than in any other place, the Fascist leader wanted to demonstrate the regime’s attention towards the education of young people. In 1935, the teacher training school, where Mussolini had studied, was reopened and subsequently enlarged. Then, between 1934 and 1937, the ONB building (today known as the ‘ex GIL’) for the physical education of the Fascist youth was constructed. It is a prime example of rationalist architecture, designed by the famous architect Cesare Valle. Unusual for this type of building is its monumental tower.
Another example of rationalist architecture is the former pumping station of the Spinadello Aqueduct, which provided an efficient water supply for the towns of Forlimpopoli, Lugo, Cotignola and Bertinoro. The building, which is immersed into a nature park, has recently been restored, awaiting new cultural uses.