Rationalism – 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.
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).
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.’
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.
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.