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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


Town of holiday camps

Cesenatico, Italy

In the early twentieth century, Cesenatico began to take on a new life as a seaside town. From the 1920s onwards in particular, the new promenade Avenue Carducci, saw the construction of a number of prestigious buildings and small villas in Liberty style. A well-known example is the Grand Hotel, designed by Rutilio Ceccolini.

While the beach area saw the development of small villas and hotels, in the more peripheral areas the so-called “colonie” proliferated. These seaside holiday camps were promoted by Benito Mussolini in the 1930s, and stand out as examples of architectural experimentation. On the eve of WWII, Cesenatico boasted 73 holiday camps, including the particularly interesting AGIP holiday camp (1937-38), designed by Giuseppe Vaccaro for the AGIP company.

The new rationalist style is also expressed in some private residences, such as the Villa Capecchi (1934), by Matteo Focaccia and the Villa Placucci (1937) by Saul Bravetti, who also designed the Casa del Fascio (1936-37), today the town library.