From Fascism to Tourism: The Foro Italico 

After our return flight to England was cancelled, were we upset? On the contrary, an extra three days in Rome before the next available flight, in glorious sunny weather without the crowds was a bonus. We decided to visit places outside the centro storico where it was likely there would be no tourists at all. We were right.

The Foro Italico, north of the city centre, is one of the few parts of Rome to survive intact pretty much the way Mussolini planned it. Known originally as the Foro Mussolini, it was built from 1928-38, designed by Enrico Del Dubbio and later Luigi Moretti, who created one of Italy’s most important examples of Fascist architecture in order to stage the 1940 Olympics in Rome - though of course that didn’t happen.

We set off on the Metro line A as far as Flaminio, then took a taxi following the Tiber until we reached the Ponte Duca D’Aosta. This bridge acts as the


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