‘Rationalism’ – Open Days from 15 to 17 April

rationalism open dayRationalism – the Italian flavour of Modernist architecture – is particularly well represented in and around Como. Take for example, the Casa del Fascio in Piazza del Popolo – an internationally renowned masterpiece by Giuseppe Terragni (1904-1943), who lived and worked in Como.

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Casa del Fascio by Giuseppe Terragni, 1936

He and other colleagues have left a rich and varied heritage which the city and provincial authorities and various local architectural associations wish to celebrate for the second year running with a  ‘Razionalismo Open Day’ over the next weekend (15th – 17th April).

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Interior of the Casa del Fascio

This  initiative includes free guided tours of the principal buildings in Como, Erba, Isola Comacina and Cernobbio. Giovanni Vanosi, the Cultural Councillor for the Province described the initiative as ‘… cultural appreciation for the architectural heritage of our area.’ Luigi Caradini for Como Council observed that the Open Day  ‘is an additional stimulus to a cultural tourism to accompany the already well-established appreciation of our landscape.’

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Grace and simplicity – the Diving Board at the Como Rowing Club building, Via Puecher, Como designed by Gianni Mantero, 1931.

Open this link to get details of the various events scheduled for the weekend. Unfortunately the guide is not available in Italian but please leave a comment below if you want more information.

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Monumento ai Caduti, Via Puecher Como, Giuseppe Terragni 1933

In addition to the open days, there is an excellent app guide for Android and IOS with maps and audio commentary outlining information on most of the best-known buildings. with an option for English.  Why not also check this link if you actually want to buy a rationalist-style villa.

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About comocompanion

I am an Englishman in Como, Northern Italy - definitely both a Euro and Italophile with an interest in modern history, walks in the hills and mountains, and food and wine. These antidotes to angst are supported by interests in sustainability, the potential of collaborative economies and I suppose a degree of atheistic faith in something I still cannot be bothered to define.
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