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Bertinoro, Italy

Thermal town between rationalism and Roman inspiration

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Castrocaro, Italy

Illusory beauty

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Cesenatico, Italy

Town of holiday camps

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Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria

Between modernism and Stalinist architecture

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Forlì, Italy

Showcase of modernity – a story of contradictions

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Forlimpopoli, Italy

Urban regeneration

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Iasi, Romania

Modern and ancient, side by side

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Labin, Croatia

Industrial mining town in transformation

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Predappio, Italy

From pilgrim destination to site of critical reflection

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Rasa, Croatia

Between Istrian tradition and modern architecture

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Architectural landmarks from two different periods

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Torviscosa, Italy

Town of autarchy and cellulose

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Tresigallo, Italy

Planned town dedicated to agricultural industry

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Traces of two regimes

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Tirana, Albania

A mosaic of architectural styles

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Ferrara, Italy

Rationalist traces in a Renaissance city

Former Casa del Fascio

Reminder of a Fascist past

Bertinoro and Fratta Terme, Italy

During the late 1930s, the Case del Fascio could be found in even the smallest villages of the Forlì area, constituting sorts of “fortresses” to affirm the Fascist regime. Today, this type of building reminds us of an unpalatable past.

Architecture and propaganda

In fact, while the spa town of Fratta Terme became better and better known, Mussolini decided to construct a building for the Fascist party as a tangible presence of the Fascist regime in the small thermal town. The so-called Casa del Fascio is characterised by a balcony, supposed to enable political leaders to address the public, thus a symbol of Fascist ideology and propaganda.

Inspired by Cesare Bazzani

In September 1933, after only three months of construction, the two-storey building with a central bell tower and a semi-circular balcony was inaugurated. The style of the building, designed by Dino Bissi, clearly recalls the works of the famous architect Cesare Bazzani carried out in Forlì in the early 1930s. The façade is divided by four red brick pilasters, framing three white plaster surfaces, which are characterised by huge windows.