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Post Conference Tour Rome and Naples September 24th-28th 2004
The Post conference tour will provide an extraordinary and unique sightseeing tour of some of the most beautiful places in Italy, bathed by the Mediterranean sea and of some Italian cities which are among the most important and rich in architectural heritage. We will visit archaeological roman sites, the most representative works of the fascist period, and important recent works.
Friday, September 24th 2004
EUR district (from 1937): Eur Offices Building (G. Minucci), Palace of Italian Civilisation (E. La Padula, G. Guerrini, M. Romano), Reception and Congress building (A. Libera), Post Office (BBPR), INA and INPS Offices (G. Muzio, M. Paniconi, G. Pediconi)
For the International Exhibition in Rome, scheduled for 1942 but never realised due to the out-break of the Second World War, a new district was planned. Architects tested, in monumental and representative town planning and in symbolic buildings, the classical idea of an Italian city in opposition to the rationalist and internationalist contemporaries tendencies.
Saturday, September 25th 2004
Post Office (M. Ridolfi, M. Fagiolo 1933-35)
Post Office (A. Libera, M. De Renzi 1933-35)
The Domus Aurea was constructed after the great fire of 64 AD by emperor Nero. The architects did everything possible to satisfy his megalomania.
Coppedè district, La Rinascente Store (F. Albini, F. Helg, 1957-1961)
Ala Cosenza at the National Gallery of Modern Art
MAXXI, the new centre for contemporary art by Z. Hadid: visit to the Aldo Rossi exhibition and observation point of the building site currently under construction.Italic Forum (E. De Debbio, L. Moretti from 1928).
Olympic Village with works by P. L. Nervi and the new Auditorium by R. Piano. The new general plan of Rome foresees the renewal of buildings and spaces in a waste area including the Foro Italico, the new museum by Z. Hadid, the Olympic Village, the Auditorium and Monte Mario. Between the buildings that will be reused for public purposes: the Accademia della Scherma by L. Moretti
Sunday, September 26th 2004
Sabaudia (E. Montuori, G. Cancellotti, L. Piccinato, A. Scalpelli 1934)
The draining of the Pontine marshes “Agro Pontino” was carried out during the “golden years” of the Regime including the foundation of the new towns. Under the motto “clear away the population from the city”, inhabitants were brought from the north of Italy and the nearby “ciociaria”.
Monday, September 27th 2004
Gulf of Naples Campi Flegrei
Cisterns in Bacoli “Cento Camerelle” and “Piscina Mirabilis”
Roman Thermae in Baia
Baiae is now largely under the sea. Once it was one of the most luxurious and fashionable resort areas in the Roma Empire. Octavian Caesar Augustus charged the architect Sergio Orata to convoy the natural springs of warm water in a new thermal establishment.
Archaeological Park of Cuma (Sybil's Cave)
Cumae, the fist western Greek colony, was founded in the 8th century BC. A system of crypts connects lakes Averno and Lucrino and the Port of Cumae to the Portus Julius.
Mostra d’Oltremare, (M. Canino, C. Cocchia, L. Piccinato 1937-40)
Mostra’s compound was designed to show Italian colonies overseas, recreate their environment and to contribute to the development of Naples western area.
Tuesday, September 28th 2004
Walking tour around the city
Post Office, G. Vaccaro, G. Franzi (1932-36)
Piazza Matteotti is the fruit of fascist reorganisation of the historical Naples. The Post Office Palace, a machine were every detail is calculated, resolves the union between classic and modern in this area which presented considerable problems.
The underground of Naples - two million square meters of tunnels and cisterns - was born and grew with the city itself: Greeks carved tufa stone blocks to built Naples, Romans created a 400 km long aqueduct that was enlarged in XVIIth century.