EUR District : Michelin's recommendations
EUR, these three letters stand for: Esposizione Universale di Roma (Rome Universal Exhibition) planned to be held in 1942, but aborted because of the war. The Italian Government had built this district, which was supposed to be the starting point for extending Rome all the way to the sea, for that special event. The architect Marcello Piacentini was in charge of the project and the first buildings were erected in 1939. On the 10th of June 1940, Italy entered the war and this district was forgotten. For the Church's Holy Year of 1950, the great Via Colombo was created in order to link the EUR district to the city, while Rome's Underground System linked it to the main railway station, in fifteen minutes. The Olympic Games of 1960 saw the construction of a sports stadium (by Piacentini and Pietro Luigi Nervi), as well as a velodrome here. Today, this district, once inspired by the obsession of the greatness of Ancient Rome, which characterised Mussolini's Regime, is dotted with huge, white buildings, which are rather faithful to the initial project, and it has been said that these evoke the harrowing imaginary cities of Giorgio De Chirico's paintings (perhaps the best example being the Palace of Work Civilisation). The EUR district deserves a visit for some of its interesting museums and as an example of a particular period in history and its ambitions.
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