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Ex Casa del Fascio

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Address: Piazza del Popolo 4, 22100, Como, Italy
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This building is cited as an exemplary manifestation of the International style of architecture. Today it is the provincial headquarters of the Guardia di Finanza (financial... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2016
Melbourne, Australia

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 840 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unless you are an architect, I do not understand the fascination with this building. I find it uninteresting. It fails the eye test. It does not seem to pass the practicality test either. If you see experimental value in it, I can accept that - without liking it.

Thank DonPaulo
Pfaeffikon, Switzerland
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506 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

The former Casa del Fascio of Como, also known as Palazzo Terragni, a subtle installation in an historic urban core, across the road from the Cathedral, a tectonic, detailed and monumental work of architecture. Arguably a landmark of modern European architecture by Giuseppe Terragni within the context of the Italian rationalism, an early testament of style, which remains an object... More 

Thank ElenaNW87RL
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This building is cited as an exemplary manifestation of the International style of architecture. Today it is the provincial headquarters of the Guardia di Finanza (financial police force). The clear and simple structure of the house fascinates: a kind of modern palazzo. Build in Mussolini's time the Casa is a fine example of rationalism but at the same time it... More 

Bardolino, Veneto, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

You just must see this, looks as it was made in the 70-ties but is actually from mid 30. Incredible!!

Thank Brii63
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

Now a police station, this striking example of rationalist architecture was built in 1936 to be the HQ for the municipal fascist party. It is difficult to gain access to the interior (although there are occasional open days) but it is easy to find, across the road behind the Duomo, and is a striking example of 1930s architecture.

Thank lonewolf44
Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Small sized monumental building, evocative of ancient Roman architecture, revealing strong geometric forms without ornaments. Beautiful mix of the classicism of the Novecento Italiano movement and the industrially-inspired architecture of Futurism.Must see!

Thank JJAA54
Port St Lucie, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2015

Not really open to the public, but you can look from the street and feel what life must have been like here in the 1930's and '40's. The architecture was supposed to symbolize modern, rational, functional thought. All the offices face an open interior courtyard and have large windows and balconies. Originally, the plan was to have some kind of... More 

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Kempele, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

this building like some similar ones are famous in Como per their architecture. You can find them everywhere and pays a visit eg. uphill to see some of them

Thank Jari_Kempele_Finland
Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2015

In Como there's a lot of fine architecture to enjoy in many styles and from many historical periods. This is definitely one of the highlights. The early part of the 20th century was very lively in the field of architecture. Giuseppe Terragni - the architect - is one of the 1930s masters of rationalism and he did this masterpiece for... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 10 February 2015 via mobile

Nothing fancy. One of the most important building in Italian rationalism. "Opera dell'arte" describes it very well & worth seeing. If you are not an architect - you will find it ugly and you will feel like wasting time...

Thank ThatGrumbler

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